June 14, 2015: Four-Homer Rally Jolts Braves
|Date: June 14, 2015|
|Mets starter: Dillon Gee|
|Winning pitcher: Sean Gilmartin|
|Key player(s): Darrell Ceciliani, Dilson Herrera, Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares|
|Key play: Mets' home runs|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets hit four home runs for a 10-8 comeback win over Atlanta.
Jace Peterson singled against Mets' starter Dillon Gee to lead off the top of the first inning. Cameron Maybin went down on strikes and Peterson stole second base. Freddie Freeman hit a single to drive home Peterson and a fly ball by Nick Markakis was caught by left fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Juan Uribe grounded back to Gee for the third out and Curtis Granderson got a leadoff single against the Braves' Mike Foltynewicz in the bottom half. Granderson advanced to third on Juan Lagares's single and Lucas Duda lined out to third baseman Uribe. With Travis d'Arnaud at bat, Granderson scored on catcher Christian Bethancourt's passed ball to tie the game at 1-1. Foltynewicz then struck out d'Arnaud and retired Wilmer Flores on a fly ball to left fielder Kelly Johnson to end the inning.
Johnson doubled to begin the top of the second. Andrelton Simmons grounded out to shortstop Flores and a single by Bethancourt ensued. Foltynewicz was struck out and Peterson connected for a three-run homer to put the Braves ahead, 4-1. Maybin flied out to right fielder Granderson to finish off the inning and Ruben Tejada got a one-out double in the bottom half. Foltynewicz then got Dilson Herrera to foul out to first baseman Freeman and fanned Gee for the inning's third out.
Markakis and Uribe got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the third. Johnson singled to score Markakis and a line drive by Simmons was caught by third baseman Tejada. Bethancourt grounded to Flores for an inning-ending force play and Granderson singled to lead off the bottom half. Lagares hit a force play ground ball to shortstop Simmons and advanced to third base on Duda's single. D'Arnaud drew a walk that loaded the bases. With Flores at the plate, Bethancourt recovered from a pitch that got away and tagged out Lagares at home as the other runners moved to second and third. Flores followed with a single to bring home Duda and d'Arnaud, cutting the Braves' lead to 5-3. On the play, Flores was out at second via a throw by Bethancourt to Simmons to end the inning.
Peterson hit a double against Gee with one out in the top of the fourth. Maybin was struck out and Freeman was given an intentional walk. Markakis connected for a ground-rule double that plated Peterson and a single by Uribe brought home Freeman. Against Mets' reliever Alex Torres, Johnson singled to score Markakis for an 8-3 Atlanta lead. Torres got Simmons on a force play grounder to Tejada for the final out of the inning and Ceciliani slugged his first major league home run to begin the bottom half. Tejada grounded out to Simmons and a homer by Herrera followed. Foltynewicz then retired pinch-hitter John Mayberry on a ground ball to Simmons and struck out Granderson to end the inning.
Mets' reliever Sean Gilmartin pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Duda got a one-out single against Foltynewicz in the bottom half. Against the Braves' Brandon Cunniff, d'Arnaud hit a two-run homer to reduce the Atlanta lead to 8-7. Flores and Ceciliani drew consecutive walks and Tejada went down on strikes. Cunniff then threw a called third strike past Herrera to close out the inning.
Gilmartin surrendered only a walk to Markakis in the top of the sixth. Michael Cuddyer singled against Braves' reliever Luis Avilan to lead off the bottom half. Granderson got a single and Lagares clouted a homer to put the Mets in front by two runs. Avilan set down the next three batters to finish off the inning and New York's Bobby Parnell hurled a scoreless top of the seventh. Atlanta's David Aardsma then gave up just a walk to Herrera in the bottom half.
Mets' relievers Hansel Robles and Jeurys Familia combined for a scoreless top of the eighth. The Braves' Dana Eveland yielded only a double to Lagares in the bottom of the inning and Markakis grounded out to Flores to open the top of the ninth. Uribe hit a single and Johnson lined out to center fielder Lagares. Familia then got Simmons on a force play ground ball to Flores for the game's final out. The Mets had slugged their way to a come-from-behind victory.