June 4, 2011: Five-Run 7th Downs Braves

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Date: June 4, 2011
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Braves: 0
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Jose Reyes, Jason Pridie
Key play: Pridie’s single, Reyes’ triple

The Mets faced the Braves on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played in front of 28,114 fans on hand. The Mets broke a tie with five runs in the seventh inning for a 5-0 win over Atlanta.

From the first inning to the sixth, Dillon Gee and the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens each pitched four-hit scoreless ball. Gee yielded three singles, two walks and a fifth-inning double to Dan Uggla while recording a pair of strikeouts. The Mets accumulated four singles against Jurrjens, who chalked up six strikeouts and surrendered no walks in shutting down New York. Gee then retired the Braves in order on two ground balls to third baseman Justin Turner and a fly ball to left fielder Jason Bay in the top of the seventh.

Bay reached on an error by shortstop Alex Gonzalez to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Josh Thole doubled to right field and Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Pridie got a pinch-hit single to score Bay with the first run of the game. Jose Reyes followed with a triple against Braves’ reliever Scott Proctor to drive home Thole, Tejada and Pridie. An ensuing sacrifice fly by Turner plated Reyes with the Mets’ fifth run of the inning. Proctor then retired Carlos Beltran on a fly ball to right fielder Eric Hinske for the third out.

Mets’ reliever Pedro Beato set down all three Atlanta batters in the top of the eighth inning. For the Braves, George Sherrill pitched a scoreless bottom half. Beato got Chipper Jones to fly out to right fielder Pridie to begin the top of the ninth. Reliever Tim Byrdak retired Brian McCann on a fly ball to Bay. Byrdak then set down Freddie Freeman on a game-ending ground ball to shortstop Reyes. The Mets had a shutout victory.