April 24, 2010: Bay and Francoeur Double-Up Braves

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Date: April 24, 2010
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 3
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Manny Acosta
Key player(s): Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur, Manny Acosta
Key play: Bay’s and Francoeur’s doubles

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur hit run-scoring doubles in a 3-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Jonathon Niese and the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the fifth. Melky Cabrera got a one-out double against Niese in the top of the sixth. Jason Heyward drew a walk and David Ross singled to drive home Cabrera. Against Mets’ reliever Manny Acosta, Jurrjens laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners to second and third base. Acosta struck out Omar Infante to end the inning and Jose Reyes walked with two outs in the bottom half. Reyes stole second and moved to third on an error by catcher Ross. Bay doubled to score Reyes and tie the game at 1-1. Jurrjens then got David Wright to pop out to Ross and finish off the inning.

Acosta shut down the Braves in the top of the seventh. Ike Davis drew a walk against Jurrjens to lead off the bottom half. Francour followed with a double to bring home Davis and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. On his own hit, Jeff went to third via a throw. Henry Blanco hit a sacrifice fly to plate Francoeur with the third New York run of the game. Pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto grounded out to second baseman Infante and a walk to Angel Pagan ensued. Atlanta reliever Eric O’Flaherty then retired Alex Cora on a ground ball to third baseman Martin Prado to close out the inning.

Mets’ relievers Fernando Nieve and Pedro Feliciano combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. The Braves’ Kris Medlen yielded only a single to Bay in the bottom half and New York’s Francisco Rodriguez got Infante on a pop-up to shortstop Reyes to begin the top of the ninth. Yunel Escobar also popped out to Reyes. Rodriguez then retired Prado on a grounder to Reyes for the game’s final out. The Mets had a solid victory.