July 23, 2013: Torres and Davis Lead Mets Past Braves

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Date: July 23, 2013
Mets starter: Carlos Torres
Mets: 4
Braves: 1
Winning pitcher: Carlos Torres
Key player(s): Carlos Torres, Ike Davis, Juan Lagares
Key play: Torres’s single, Davis’s double

The Mets faced the Braves on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 24,355 fans on hand. Carlos Torres and Ike Davis led the way to a 4-1 Mets win over Atlanta.

Leading off the top of the first inning, Andrelton Simmons hit a home run against Torres for a 1-0 Braves lead. Jason Heyward singled and moved to second base on Justin Upton’s ground out to shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Freddie Freeman went down on strikes and Brian McCann drew a walk. Evan Gattis followed with a single on which Heyward was out at home via a throw by center fielder Juan Lagares to catcher John Buck to end the inning. Atlanta starter Kris Medlen then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

After a scoreless second inning, Torres gave up only a double to McCann in the top of the third. Lagares doubled to open the bottom of the inning. Juan advanced to third base after Quintanilla’s fly out to center fielder Heyward and scored on Torres’s single to tie the game. Eric Young was retired on a ground ball back to Medlen, who then got Daniel Murphy to ground out to second baseman Uggla and finish off the inning.

Following scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Torres yielded just a single to Uggla in the top of the sixth. Murphy and David Wright got back-to-back singles to begin the bottom half. Marlon Byrd hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Chris Johnson. Davis doubled to drive home Murphy and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Buck singled to score Byrd for a two-run New York lead and Medlen was replaced on the mound by Atlanta reliever David Carpenter. Lagares hit a sacrifice fly that plated Davis with the Mets’ fourth run of the game. Carpenter then retired Quintanilla on a pop-up to Chris Johnson to close out the inning.

Mets’ relievers David Aardsma and Scott Rice combined for a scoreless top of the seventh. Carpenter set down the side in order in the bottom half and New York’s LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect top of the eighth. For the Braves, reliever Kameron Loe hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning. The Mets’ Bobby Parnell struck out Chris Johnson to begin the top of the ninth. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson also went down on strikes. Parnell then got Simmons to ground out to Quintanilla and end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.