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Lagares Uses Glove and Bat to Lift Mets Over Braves, 3-2

August 27th, 2014 at 12:00 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (62-70) defeated the Atlanta Braves (68-64) in their series opener by a score of 3-2 Tuesday night at Citi Field. Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares put on a show with his glove while also hitting the game-winning home run, propelling Dillon Gee to his first win since July 9.

Game Highlights

  • Ruben Tejada came through for the second straight game, singling home Travis d'Arnaud to put the Mets ahead 1-0 in the second inning. Tejada finished the game 1-for-3 with the RBI and a strikeout.
  • Justin Upton tied the game in the fourth with a RBI double that brought home Freddie Freeman. Upton would go on to lead the Braves with a 3-for-3 night and would score in the seventh on a RBI single from Tommy La Stella.
  • Juan Lagares put the Mets ahead for good in the home half of the fourth with a two run shot, his fourth of the season that once again brought home d'Arnaud. He also was a vaccum in the field, recording a team-high seven putouts in center.
  • All three Met runs came off Braves starter Alex Wood (L, 9-10) who allowed five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Jordan Walden tossed a 1-2-3 eighth as the Braves retired the final fifteen Met batters of the ballgame.
  • Dillon Gee (W, 5-6) was in control for 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks while also striking out one. Jeurys Familia (HLD, 15) and Jenrry Mejia (SV, 19) combined for the final seven outs, each allowing just one hit a piece to secure the win.

Player of the Game

Lagares takes home PotG honors for his performance in the field, as well as his 2-for-3 night at the plate that lifted the Mets in this one.

What's on Deck

The NL East rivals continue their three game series Wednesday at Citi Field when Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) takes on Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96) in what should be a fantastic pitching matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

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Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Citi Field, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia, Juan Lagares, Justin Upton, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Ruben Tejada, Travis D'Arnaud

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