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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Atlanta, GA (Sept 19) – The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 7-5 on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee made the start and did not pitch well at all. The bullpen pitched 4 2/3 good innings with five different pitchers getting into the game. The offense did a good job in this game. Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda and Nick Evans had good games.
Gee pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up eight hits and four runs, walked five and struck out four. Daniel Herrera pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a walk, Miguel Batista pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and one run and Tim Byrdak who earned the win pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit and he struck out two batters. Byrdak is now 2-0 on the season. Bobby Parnell pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two walks and Manny Acosta pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one hit and a walk.
Tejada had two hits, four RBI, a walk, David Wright had a hit, and Duda had two hits, an RBI and a walk. Jason Bay had a hit and two walks, Evans had two hits and Justin Turner had two walks. Gee had a walk and an RBI and Ronny Paulino had a walk and an RBI. Tejada had a double and Duda had a homerun. The Mets were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base. Tejada had a stolen base and Pridie had an error.
Chipper Jones had an RBI double in the third inning to put the Braves in front 1-0. In the fourth Gee had an RBI walk and Tejada had a three run double to make it 4-1 Mets. In the bottom of the fourth Alex Gonzalez hit a solo homerun to make it a 4-2 game. Michael Bourn hit an RBI single and Dan Uggla grounded out scoring another run and tying the game at four. In the seventh, Freddie Freeman had an RBI single to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Braves. In the eighth Paulino had an RBI walk and Tejada had an RBI single. It was a 6-5 game in favor of the Mets. Turner was thrown out at home on the same play to end the inning. Duda hit a solo homerun in the ninth to give the Mets a 7-5 lead and that is how the game would end.
The Mets won two out of three in this series. The Mets record improved to 73-80 on the season. The Mets have a day off on Monday and then head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals for three games before heading home to finish the season. The Mets can only play the role of spoilers but they seem to be enjoying it after they got embarrassed at home. They have played well on the road all season and have continued to do so. The Mets were 1-8 on their recent home stand and going on the road has worked for them, they will try and win another series on the road beginning Tuesday.