August 26, 2014: Lagares's Homer Lifts Mets Over Braves

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Date: August 26, 2014
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 3
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Ruben Tejada, Juan Lagares
Key play: Tejada’s single, Lagares’s home run

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer to lift the Mets to a 3-2 win over Atlanta.

Mets’ starter Dillon Gee pitched a perfect top of the first inning. The Braves’ Alex Wood hurled a scoreless bottom half and Gee surrendered only a walk to Justin Upton in the top of the second. Travis d'Arnaud singled to open the bottom of the inning. Lagares hit a single and Wilmer Flores flied out to center fielder Emilio Bonifacio. Ruben Tejada followed with a single to drive home d’Arnaud for a 1-0 Mets lead. Wood then struck out Gee and retired Eric Young on a ground ball to first baseman Freddie Freeman for the inning’s third out.

After a scoreless third, Freeman hit a two-out double in the top of the fourth. Freeman moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored the tying run on a double by Upton. Chris Johnson flied out to left fielder Young to end the inning and d’Arnaud got a double to lead off the bottom half. Lagares followed with a home run to put the Mets ahead, 3-1. Flores flied out to right fielder Jason Heyward and a fly ball by Tejada was caught by Bonifacio. Wood then fanned Gee to close out the inning.

Evan Gattis singled to open the top of the fifth. Tommy La Stella lined out to first baseman Lucas Duda, who followed up with a tag on Gattis to complete an unassisted double play. Andrelton Simmons hit a single and Wood grounded out to shortstop Tejada to finish off the inning. Wood set down the side in order in the bottom half and Gee retired all three batters on fly balls to center fielder Lagares in the top of the sixth. The Mets were then retired 1-2-3 by Wood in the bottom of the inning.

Upton hit a single against Gee to begin the top of the seventh. Johnson drew a walk and Gattis grounded to Tejada for a double play. La Stella singled to bring home Upton with the Braves’ second run of the game. Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia got Simmons on an inning-ending force play grounder to Tejada. Wood then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Familia yielded just a single to Bonifacio in the top of the eighth. Atlanta reliever Jordan Walden hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Upton singled against the Mets’ Jenrry Mejia to open the top of the ninth. Johnson grounded to third baseman Eric Campbell for a double play. Mejia then threw a called third strike past Gattis to end the game. The Mets had a series-opening victory.