The New York Mets prevailed in a 14-inning marathon with the Atlanta Braves, winning 4-3 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by right fielder Curtis Granderson.
Mets third baseman David Wright was the star of the Sunday afternoon game as he extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 4-6 with an RBI.
Before the game Mets manager named veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth the new closer going forward, and moved Curtis Granderson to #2 spot in the lineup while moving second baseman Daniel Murphy into the #4 spot.
Braves right fielder Jason Heyward led off the game for Atlanta with an infield single off Mets starter Zack Wheeler. Centerfielder B.J. Upton was then struck out looking. Mets catcher Anthony Recker then threw out Heyward at second. First baseman Freddie Freeman walked but left fielder Justin Upton struck out looking to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning left fielder Eric Young Jr. singled and then took second on an error by Justin Upton. Granderson lined out to right, but Young Jr. advanced to third on the play. David Wright then grounded out to second but Young Jr. scored on the play giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Braves pitcher David Hale then struck out Daniel Murphy swinging to end the inning.
Third baseman Chris Johnson singled to right to start the top of the second. Second baseman Dan Uggla flied to center for the first out, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons grounded out to Wheeler for the second out. Catcher Gerald Laird was intentionally walked to face David Hale who struck out looking.
Centerfielder Chris Young flied out to left to start the bottom of the second. First baseman Lucas Duda and Anthony Recker each singled to right with Duda moving over to third on Recker’s single. Shortstop Omar Quintanilla walked to load the bases. Zack Wheeler followed with a ground ball to Dan Uggla, who booted the ball, allowing Wheeler to reach and scoring Duda making it 2-0 New York. Eric Young Jr. then popped out and Curtis Granderson hit a dribbler back to David Hale to the end of the inning.
After two scoreless innings the Braves struck big in the top of the fifth. Gerald Laird walked to start the inning, and David Hale bunted into a fielder’s choice and Laird was forced out at second. Jason Heyward doubled to right moving Hale to third. Hale scored on an errant throw by Curtis Granderson that bounced into the dugout making it 2-1 New York. B.J. Upton then followed with a double that scored Heyward tying the game at 2-2. Freddie Freeman hit a ball that bounced over the center field wall for a ground-rule double scoring B.J. Upton, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. Justin Upton struck out swinging and Chris Johnson flied out to center to end the inning.
Both the Mets and Braves were retired in order in their next turns at-bat. David Wright blooped a single to left to start the bottom of the sixth. Daniel Murphy then singled right putting runners at first and second with no outs. Chris Young then struck out swinging. Lucas Duda followed with a groundball that should have been a double play, but Dan Uggla botched it again allowing Wright to score, tying the game at 3-3. Murphy advanced to third on the error. Shortstop Omar Quintanilla was walked to load the bases and infielder Josh Satin was called to pinch-hit for Zack Wheeler. Satin hit a pop-up in foul ground that Freddie Freeman caught near the Mets dugout for the final out of the inning.
It took eight more innings for either team to score. In the bottom of 14th inning, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who took over for Chris Young in center in the 11th inning, led off with a walk. Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who had replaced Omar Quintanilla in the 10th inning, laid down a sacrifice bunt moving Nieuwenhuis over to second. Eric Young Jr. was intentionally walked to get to Curtis Granderson. A wild pitch by reliever Gus Schlosser moved both runners into scoring position with just one out. Granderson skied a ball to left that easily scored Nieuwenhuis winning the game for the Mets by a final score of 4-3.
The Mets start a four game series against the St. Louis Cardinals Monday night. Mets starter Jenrry Mejia takes on lefty Tyler Lyons making his first start of the season.
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