April 10, 2014: Young and Murphy Bury Braves

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Date: April 10, 2014
Mets starter: Jenrry Mejia
Mets: 6
Braves: 4
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Juan Lagares
Key play: Lagares’s single, Murphy’s RBI single and double

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Eric Young and Daniel Murphy combined for six hits and six runs scored in a 6-4 Mets win.

Young singled against Braves’ starter David Hale to lead off the top of the first inning. Eric stole second base and moved to third on catcher Ryan Doumit’s throwing error. Murphy grounded out to first baseman Freddie Freeman to drive home Young for a 1-0 Mets lead. David Wright went down on strikes and consecutive walks to Curtis Granderson and Ike Davis followed. Hale got Juan Lagares to hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Ramiro Pena for the third out. Mets’ starter Jenrry Mejia then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Hale set down the Mets in order in the top of the second. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Justin Upton homered to tie the game at 1-1. Dan Uggla drew a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Doumit grounded out to first baseman Davis to send Uggla to third. Pena was also retired on a grounder to Davis. Mejia then got Hale to ground out to shortstop Ruben Tejada and finish off the inning.

Young got a bunt single to open the top of the third. Eric stole second base and Murphy drew a walk. Wright singled to bring home Young and send Murphy to third. Granderson was struck out and Davis grounded out to Hale to score Murphy for a 3-1 Mets lead. Lagares was retired on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder B. J. Upton, who tripled with one out in the bottom half. Freeman singled to score B. J. Upton and went to second on a wild pitch. Chris Johnson went down on strikes and Justin Upton hit his second homer of the game to put the Braves ahead, 4-3. Mejia then threw a called third strike past Uggla to end the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Young hit a triple against Hale to open the top of the fifth. Murphy singled to plate Young and tie the game at 4-4. Wright drew a walk and Granderson hit a force play grounder to Freeman. Granderson stole second and Davis drew a walk that loaded the bases. Atlanta reliever Anthony Varvaro struck out Lagares and got Travis d'Arnaud on a force play ground ball to Pena to close out the inning. Mejia then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Varvaro pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres gave up just a single to Pena in the bottom of the inning and Murphy singled against the Braves’ Luis Avilan to begin the top of the seventh. Wright was struck out and a wild pitch advanced Murphy to second base. Granderson walked as Murphy stole third and Davis popped out to Pena. Lagares hit a single against Atlanta reliever Gus Schlosser to drive home Murphy and give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Schlosser retired d’Arnaud on a pop-up to Freeman that ended the inning. Torres then struck out the side in order in the bottom half.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda got a one-out single in the top of the eighth. Young hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Uggla. Eric stole second and scored the Mets’ sixth run on a double by Murphy. Schlosser retired Wright on a grounder to third baseman Johnson to end the inning and Mets’ reliever Kyle Farnsworth set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half. For the Braves, reliever Ian Thomas fanned all three batters in the top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Jose Valverde retired Pena on a foul pop-up to Davis to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis popped out to third baseman Wright. Valverde then struck out Jason Heyward to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.