April 17, 2011: Mets End Seven-Game Losing Streak

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Date: April 17, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 3
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Josh Thole, Ike Davis, Jose Reyes
Key play: Thole’s & Davis’s RBI singles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Atlanta’s Turner Field. After losing their previous seven games, the Mets aimed to get back on the winning track. The team came out with a 3-2 victory to end the skid.

In the top of the first inning, Jose Reyes led off with a double to right field. An ensuing single by Josh Thole scored Reyes for a quick 1-0 Mets lead. Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson struck out David Wright and hit Carlos Beltran with a pitch. Ike Davis followed with a single that brought home Thole from second base. Hanson got Angel Pagan and Willie Harris on called third strikes to end the inning. Mets’ starter Dillon Gee then retired the Braves in order in the bottom half.

Hanson pitched a perfect top of the second. In the bottom of the inning, Dan Uggla led off with a triple and Eric Hinske drew a walk. Freddie Freeman singled to right field to score Uggla and move Hinske to second. A single by Alex Gonzalez loaded the bases with none out. Gee got Matt Young to pop out to shortstop Reyes. On an attempted squeeze, Hanson missed the bunt for strike three. Catcher Thole then applied the tag on Hinske at home to complete an inning-ending double play.

Gee and Hanson each pitched scoreless ball in the third and fourth innings. Reyes led off the top of the fifth with a single to center field. Jose stole second base and scored on Thole’s single to increase the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Hanson fanned Wright and a throw by Atlanta catcher Brian McCann nailed Thole at second on a steal attempt for a double play. Beltran popped out to shortstop Gonzalez for the third out. Gee then set down the Braves 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Atlanta reliever George Sherrill shut down the Mets in the top of the sixth. In the bottom half, Jason Heyward led off with a single to right field. Gee retired the next two batters and walked Hinske for the second time. Chris Capuano came in to pitch and got pinch-hitter Chipper Jones on an inning-ending force play grounder to third baseman Wright. For the Braves, Cristhian Martinez pitched a scoreless top of the seventh. Mets’ reliever R. A. Dickey then stifled Atlanta in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score against the Braves’ Eric O’Flaherty in the top of the eighth inning. Heyward homered off the Mets’ Jason Isringhausen to begin the bottom half. McCann drew a walk and Isringhausen struck out Uggla. With Hinske at bat, McCann was caught stealing second after Isringhausen’s pickoff throw. Jason then fanned Hinske to end the inning.

O’Flaherty set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez walked Jones to begin the bottom half. Jones advanced to third base on ensuing ground outs by Gonzalez and Young. Rodriguez then struck out pinch-hitter Brooks Conrad to end the game. The Mets had a win to put a close to their seven-game losing streak.