The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in walk-off fashion Monday night, 4-3 in 11 innings at Citi Field. Long reliever Carlos Torres earned the win, evening his record to 4-4 on the year. Torres pitched the last two innings of relief for the Mets after the bullpen allowed the Braves to take the lead in the top of the eighth.
Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro took the loss, dropping to 3-2. Shortstop Ruben Tejada was the star of the game, going 1-3 with the game winning single in the bottom of the 11th.
After both teams failed to score for the first one and a half innings, Mets first baseman Eric Campbell led off the bottom of the second with a walk. Centerfielder Juan Lagares struck out swinging, and left fielder Chris Young popped out to second. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud then ripped a double into the gap in left center, scoring Campbell and giving New York a 1-0 lead. Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked, and starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out looking to end the inning. The Braves did not score in the top of the third.
Both right fielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Daniel Murphy grounded out to first for the first two outs of the bottom of the third. Third baseman David Wright followed by launching a solo shot into the seats in left field making it 2-0 Mets. Eric Campbell flied out to right to end the inning. Both teams failed to score for the next four innings.
In the top of the eighth, reliever Vic Black replaced Daisuke Matsuzaka, who pitched seven shutout innings for the Mets. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons flied out to center to lead off the inning. First baseman Freddie Freeman then blasted a double over the head of Chris Young in left field. Left fielder Justin Upton grounded out to short but Freeman advanced to third on the play.
Black was pulled and in came lefty reliever Josh Edgin to face right fielder Jason Heyward. On the Edgin’s first pitch, the left-hander uncorked a wild pitch that went right to the backstop. Freeman scored cutting the lead to 2-1. Heyward grounded a pitch up the middle for a base hit. The single ended Edgin’s streak of retiring every first batter he faced at 24.
Edgin was pulled and closer Jenrry Mejia entered to get the four out save. Kirk Nieuwenhuis came in as part of a double switch, replacing Chris Young in left. Third baseman Chris Johnson then blasted a shot off the top of the wall in center. Heyward raced around third and scored to tie the game 2-2. Second baseman Tommy La Stella was intentionally walked. Catcher Christian Bethancourt followed by blooping a ball into shallow right field. Johnson scored to give the Braves 3-2 lead but Bethancourt was tagged out between second and third to retire the side.
Ruben Tejada started the bottom of the eighth by grounding out to third. Outfielder Eric Young Jr. pinch-hit for Nieuwenhuis and grounded out to short. Curtis Granderson then blasted a shot over the fence in right field to tie the game 3-3, his 13th homer of the year. Daniel Murphy blooped a single into shallow right but David Wright struck out swinging to end the inning. The Braves failed to bring home a run in the top of the ninth.
Eric Campbell singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Juan Lagares grounded a ball to third. Chris Johnson threw to Andrelton Simmons covering second. Campbell was forced out at second but Simmons’ throw to first was not in time to get the speedy outfielder. Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the play and upon further review it was ruled that Simmons came off the second base bag and Campbell was safe.
Furious with the ruling, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez argued with the umpires and was ejected. With runners now at first and second and no one out, Lucas Duda hit a towering pop up to short. Simmons let the ball drop and threw to third to force Campbell out. Travis d’Arnaud grounded to third. Lagares was forced out for out number two. Ruben Tejada walked to load the bases but Eric Young Jr. grounded to first to end the inning. Neither team scored for the next one and a half innings.
Eric Campbell grounded out to short leading off the bottom of the eleventh. Juan Lagares then blooped a single to left, and raced around first for a hustle double. Lucas Duda was intentionally walked. Travis d’Arnaud flied out to center, but Lagares advanced to third on the play. Ruben Tejada followed by grounding a ball up the middle for a base it. Lagares scored to win the game for New York by a final score of 4-3.
The two teams face off again tomorrow night when rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom takes the mound for the Mets opposing Braves ace, newly named All-Star Julio Teheran.
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