June 20, 2013: Big Hits Belt Braves

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Date: June 20, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 4
Braves: 3
Winning pitcher: LaTroy Hawkins
Key player(s): David Wright, Andrew Brown, Josh Satin
Key play: Wright’s two homers, Brown’s home run, Satin’s double

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a five-game series. Three homers and a run-scoring double produced a 4-3 Mets win.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, David Wright hit a solo home run against Braves’ starter Mike Minor. Marlon Byrd went down on strikes for the third out and Tyler Pastornicky singled against the Mets’ Jonathon Niese to begin the bottom half. Jason Heyward hit a single and Freddie Freeman flied out to center fielder Juan Lagares. Justin Upton singled to drive home Pastornicky and tie the game at 1-1. Niese then struck out both B. J. Upton and Chris Johnson to finish off the inning.

After a scoreless second, Minor shut down the Mets in the top of the third. Freeman got a one-out single in the bottom half. Justin Upton singled and B. J. Upton was struck out. Johnson hit a single to drive home Freeman and send Justin Upton to third base. A single by Gerald Laird scored Justin Upton for a 3-1 Atlanta lead. Niese then got Andrelton Simmons on a force play ground ball to shortstop Omar Quintanilla for the inning’s final out.

Wright led off the top of the fourth with his second home run of the game. Byrd singled and Lucas Duda drew a walk. John Buck reached on third baseman Johnson’s error to load the bases and Lagares flied out to right fielder Heyward. Quintanilla hit a double play grounder back to Minor to close out the inning and Niese fanned Minor to begin the bottom half. A shoulder injury removed Jonathon from the game and Pastornicky hit a single against Mets’ reliever David Aardsma. Heyward flied out to right fielder Byrd and a single by Freeman ensued. Aardsma then got Justin Upton on a line drive to left fielder Eric Young to end the inning.

Leading off the top of the fifth, pinch-hitter Andrew Brown homered to tie the game at 3-3. Young went down on strikes and Daniel Murphy was retired on a ground ball to Johnson. Wright hit a single and Byrd was struck out to end the inning. Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless bottom half and Lagares singled with two outs in the top of the sixth. With Quintanilla at bat, Lagares was caught by Minor’s throw to first baseman Freeman on a pickoff. Freeman threw to shortstop Simmons for an out on Lagares that ended the inning. Hawkins then yielded only a single to Heyward in the bottom half.

Quintanilla doubled against Minor to open the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Josh Satin followed with a double to score Quintanilla and put the Mets ahead by a run. Braves’ reliever Jordan Walden recorded outs on each of the next three batters and New York’s Brandon Lyon pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning. Walden retired the side in order in the top of the eighth and Simmons reached on third baseman Wright’s error with one out in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Jordan Schafer flied out to Young and a single by Pastornicky followed. Lyon was replaced on the mound by the Mets’ Josh Edgin, who got Heyward on a ground ball to first baseman Duda to finish off the inning. Atlanta’s Luis Avilan then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Freeman on a grounder to second baseman Murphy to start the bottom of the ninth inning. Justin Upton grounded out to Wright. Parnell then got B. J. Upton to line out to Quintanilla and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory to close out the series.