August 6, 2011: Mets Outlast Braves in Hitters Battle

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Date: August 6, 2011
Mets starter: Jon Niese
Mets: 11
Braves: 7
Winning pitcher: Jon Niese
Key player(s): Jason Bay, Josh Thole, Justin Turner
Key play: Bay's home run, Thole's home run, Turner's two home runs

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams combined for 29 hits in a big display of offense. In the end, the Mets came out with an 11-7 win over Atlanta.

Mets' starter Jon Niese pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With one out in the bottom half, Justin Turner homered off Braves' starter Tommy Hanson. Daniel Murphy followed with a single and scored on a double by David Wright. Hanson retired Angel Pagan on a foul pop-up to catcher David Ross and threw a called third strike past Jason Bay. Niese struck out the side in a scoreless top of the second. Lucas Duda singled and Josh Thole doubled to begin the bottom half. Hanson then retired the next three Met batters to end the inning.

Michael Bourn singled and Martin Prado walked to open the top of the third. A single by Freddie Freeman scored Bourn for the first Atlanta run. Dan Uggla singled to load the bases and Prado crossed the plate on Chipper Jones' ground out to second baseman Turner. An ensuing single by Ross brought home Freeman and Uggla for a 4-2 Braves lead. Alex Gonzalez singled to move Ross to third. Jose Constanza hit a force play grounder on which Ross scored. Niese then retired Hanson on a ground ball to shortstop Jose Reyes to end the inning.

Pagan drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the third. Angel stole second base and Bay homered to cut the Atlanta lead to 5-4. Hanson got Duda on a called third strike to end the inning. Prado hit a one-out triple in the top of the fourth. Niese then struck out Freeman and Uggla for the final two outs.

Thole led off the bottom of the fourth with a game-tying home run. Niese lined out to center fielder Bourn before Reyes drew a walk and stole second and third. Turner hit his second home run of the game to put the Mets ahead, 7-5. Braves' reliever Cristhian Martinez then came in and retired the next two New York batters.

Niese shut down the Braves in the top of the fifth inning. Atlanta's Anthony Varvaro pitched a scoreless bottom half. Mets' reliever Tim Byrdak retired the Braves in order in the top of the sixth. Varvaro limited the Mets to a leadoff single by Reyes in the bottom of the inning. Uggla and Jones began the top of the seventh with singles off reliever Pedro Beato. Ross struck out and Gonzalez grounded out to third baseman Wright to drive home Uggla. Beato then got Constanza on a grounder back to the mound for the third out.

Pagan doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Bay flied out and George Sherrill came in to relieve Varvaro. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston singled to score Pagan for an 8-6 Mets lead. Thole singled to move Hairston to third and pinch-hitter Nick Evans walked to load the bases. Reyes hit a single to bring home Hairston and a ground out by Turner scored Thole with the Mets' tenth run. Sherrill then retired Murphy on a fly ball to right fielder Constanza to end the inning.

Mets' reliever Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. To start the bottom half, Wright walked and Pagan singled against the Braves' Scott Proctor. Bay hit a single to left-center field that brought home Wright. Hairston and Thole both flied out to Bourn. Proctor then got pinch-hitter Jason Pridie on a fly ball to left fielder Prado for the third out.

Uggla homered off reliever Manny Acosta to begin the top of the ninth inning. Acosta struck out pinch-hitter Jason Heyward and got Ross on an outfield fly. Gonzalez then lined out to left fielder Bay to end the game. The Mets had a victory to end their five-game losing streak.