April 21, 2015: Granderson Leads Mets Over Braves

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Date: April 21, 2015
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 7
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Jonathon Niese, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares
Key play: Granderson’s and Lagares’s singles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Curtis Granderson drove in four runs in a 7-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Jonathon Niese and Braves’ starter Trevor Cahill each pitched shutout ball from the first inning to the fourth. Niese hurled a scoreless top of the fifth and Eric Campbell drew a walk against Cahill to lead off the bottom half. Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores got singles to load the bases and Niese reached on an error by second baseman Philip Gosselin to drive home Campbell. Granderson singled to plate both Plawecki and Flores as Niese advanced to third. Juan Lagares followed with a single to score Niese for a 4-0 Mets lead. Atlanta reliever Ian Thomas got Lucas Duda to hit a ground ball to Gosselin for a double play. Michael Cuddyer walked and Thomas retired Daniel Murphy on a foul pop-up to third baseman Chris Johnson to close out the inning.

Niese surrendered only a walk to Andrelton Simmons in the top of the sixth. Campbell drew a leadoff walk against Braves’ reliever Brandon Cunniff in the bottom half. Plawecki and Flores were retired on pop-ups to first baseman Freddie Freeman and a walk to Niese ensued. Granderson singled to score Campbell and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-0. Cunniff then got Lagares to ground out to shortstop Simmons and finish off the inning.

With two outs in the top of the seventh, Cameron Maybin homered against Niese for the Braves’ first run of the game. Nick Markakis drew a walk and Mets’ reliever Erik Goeddel issued a walk to Jonny Gomes. New York’s Alex Torres threw a called third strike past Freeman to end the inning. Atlanta’s Sugar Ray Marimon then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Carlos Torres set down the side in order in the top of the eighth. Plawecki and Flores got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Daniel Muno was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Markakis after which Plawecki moved to third base. Granderson followed with a ground-rule double to score Plawecki for a 6-1 Mets lead. Lagares hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Flores with the seventh New York run. Duda drew a walk and Marimon retired Cuddyer on a fly ball to center fielder Maybin for the inning’s third out.

Gosselin singled against Mets’ reliever Sean Gilmartin to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo grounded to third baseman Campbell for a double play. Gilmartin then got Maybin to pop out to first baseman Duda and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory.