Just a day after Met fans had their hearts ripped out of them, the Mets came to play against the Braves at a wet, rainy, Citi Field. The game time was pushed back to about 8:10, as heavy rain came over the New York area for about an hour, and reappeared in the eighth inning.
In the first, Michael Bourn got on early to lead off the game with an infield single for the Braves. He was stranded at first, however, as Jonathon Niese, who started the game for the Mets, got Martin Prado to pop up, Freddie Freeman to ground out, and struck out Dan Uggla with a high fastball to end the first inning on a high note. In the bottom of the inning, the party started. After a Jose Reyes fly out, Justin Turner hit a home run into the right field bullpen to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. The home run was his third of the season. Coming into the game, Justin was 2 for his last 21 at-bats. Daniel Murphy then reached first on a single to center. David Wright hit a first inning, RBI double in the first inning for the second straight day, driving in Murphy and giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Jon Niese, who started for the Mets, really struggled to throw strikes, and allowed quite a few baserunners, allowing at least one in every inning. In the second, Niese struck out two, but two also reached base on a Dan Murphy error and a single to left by Jose Constanza, the new apparent killer of the Mets, Freddy Gonzalez has pulled a Tony LaRussa during the past few games, hitting Constanza ninth and the pitcher eighth, but decided to go the traditional route tonight. However, that came back to hurt him as Tommy Hanson came up with two on in the top of the second and struck out.
The Mets almost struck again in the second, getting Duda and Thole on second and third with no outs, but the Mets couldn’t capitalize. Tommy Hanson, the starter for the Braves, struck out Jon Niese, got Jose Reyes to pop up in an epic at-bat in which Reyes was just completely fooled on a 3-1 curveball, and a Justin Turner strikeout to end the frame.
The third inning was when the real drama started. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado each reached base with no outs. Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 20 games with an RBI single that drove in Bourn to make the score 2-1 Mets. Then, Dan Uggla hit a dribbler down the third base line. David Wright charged the ball, hestitated a little, but reached quick enough to keep the baseball fair, allowing Uggla to reach first safely. The ball was clearly going foul and Wright should have just let it roll. The play ended up costing the Mets four run, as Justin Turner could not apply a tag to Dan Uggla and turn a double play on a ground out, allowing a run to score. The next hitter, David Ross, hit a liner to right, driving in Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla. No, the crazy third inning still wasn’t over as in the next at-bat Jose Constanza attempted a bunt, that fluttered in the air past the pitching mound towards Justin Turner, who dove, but couldn’t make the catch, allowing ANOTHER run to score and give the Braves a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the inning.
In the third, the Mets showed off a little bit of that two out magic. Angel Pagan walked and stole second off Hanson. Hanson then threw a hanging breaking ball to Jason Bay in the next at-bat, which he crushed to deep left field over the wall for a two-run home run. This narrowed the deficit to 5-4 Braves.The Mets hit two MORE home runs the next inning, one a solo shot by Josh Thole, and the other a two-run bomb by Justin Turner that scored Jose Reyes.
For the next few innings, the game was relatively quiet, with both pitchers still struggling, but not allowing any more runs. Tommy Hanson was taken out after just 3.1 innings, allowing seven earned on eight hits. He gave up a whopping four home runs to the run-starved Mets. He dropped to 11-7 on the season. His counterpart, Jon Niese, who also struggled, was taken out after just five innings, allowing five earned on ten hits. He ended up with the win, earning a career-high 11th with of the season.
Anthony Varvaro came in for the Braves to pitch the fifth and well, Varvaroed the Mets for the next two innings, tossing two scoreless frames. However, his fortunes would change in the seventh. Varvaro gave up a one out double to Angel Pagan, who scored when George Sherrill, who replaced Varvaro, allowed an RBI single to Scott Hairston. The Mets scored thwo more runs that inning off of Sherril, one on a Jose Reyes single, giving him his 50th multi-hit game of the season, and the other on a Justin Turner RBI groundout.
The Mets cruised from then on, scoring another run in the eight to make the score 11-6, and then allowing a Dan Uggla home run off Manny Acosta, to narrow the Mets lead to 11-7. Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak pitched scoreless innings for the Mets in relief, while Pedro Beato allowed a run in his inning of work. Acosta and the bullpen got the final outs as they helped the Mets earn back the game back in the Wild Card they lost yesterday.