National League Game Summary - Atlanta at New York|
(Sunday, April 20th)
Final Score: New York 4, Atlanta 3 (14 innings)
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly in the
bottom of the 14th inning was the difference, as the New York Mets avoided a
three-game sweep with a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk against Gus Schlosser (0-1) to start the decisive
frame and Ruben Tejada moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Young
Jr. was then intentionally walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
Granderson lofted the second pitch he saw to left field, and Justin Upton's
throw came in just behind Nieuwenhuis.
"It was really good, any way to help the team win a ballgame," said
Granderson. "That's what our ultimate goal is, to go up there and pick up
Schlosser took the loss despite holding New York hitless over 3 2/3 innings,
while Jose Valverde (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 14th to earn his
first win of the year. Prior to the game, Mets manager Terry Collins replaced
Valverde at closer with Kyle Farnsworth.
David Wright had four hits for the Mets while extending his hitting streak to
11 games. Granderson went 0-for-6, and is now hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
New York manufactured a run in both the first and second inning thanks to a
pair of errors by Atlanta.
Young led off the bottom of the first and reached second when Upton dropped
his fly ball in left field. Young moved to third on Granderson's line out to
right and scored on Wright's grounder to second.
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the second after Lucas Duda and
Anthony Recker singled and Omar Quintanilla worked a walk. Mets starter Zack
Wheeler grounded to second, but Dan Uggla fumbled the ball on the exchange and
all runners were safe. Braves starter David Hale avoided further damage by
getting Young to pop to shortstop and Granderson to ground weakly to first.
Atlanta finally got to Wheeler in the fifth inning with three consecutive
doubles with a man on first and one out. Gerald Laird walked to start the
inning but was thrown out on Hale's bunt attempt. Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton
and Freddie Freeman followed with doubles to put the Braves in front 3-2.
"We battled," Laird said. "We went out there and played a good game. They made
the play when they had to."
Hale yielded back-to-back singles to Wright and Daniel Murphy to start the
home half of the sixth. He struck out Chris Young for the first out but
another Uggla error -- this time on a Duda ground ball -- allowed Wright to
trot home and tie the game.
Hale and Wheeler both allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. One of
Hale's runs was unearned.
Six Mets relievers combined to keep Atlanta off the scoreboard over the final
eight innings. Carlos Torres pitched two perfect frames and Daisuke Matsuzaka
struck out five in three hitless innings before giving way to Valverde.
Atlanta had won seven of eight entering Sunday ... The Braves finished their
six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. They return home to host Miami on Monday
... Heyward had three hits ... Young went 0-for-6 with a strikeout. The Mets'
leadoff hitter has struck out at least once in every game this season ... New
York went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 11 on base.
04/20 19:52:59 ET