May 26, 2013: Comeback in 8th Jolts Braves

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Date: May 26, 2013
Mets starter: Shaun Marcum
Mets: 4
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: LaTroy Hawkins
Key player(s): Lucas Duda, John Buck, Ike Davis
Key play: Duda’s home run, Buck’s and Davis’s singles in 8th

The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday night at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets scored three runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 win over Atlanta.

Shaun Marcum and the Braves’ Julio Teheran each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Marcum set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Leading off the bottom half, Lucas Duda hit a home run for a 1-0 Mets lead. John Buck was called out on strikes and Marlon Byrd fouled out to first baseman Freddie Freeman. Ike Davis followed with an infield single. Ruben Tejada then lined out to Teheran to end the inning.

After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Justin Upton singled to begin the top of the seventh. Freeman went down on strikes and Dan Uggla homered for a 2-1 Atlanta lead. Juan Francisco was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Marcum followed up by throwing a called third strike past B. J. Upton for the inning’s final out. Teheran and Braves’ reliever Luis Avilan then combined for a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins hurled a scoreless top of the eighth. Justin Turner singled against Atlanta’s Cory Gearrin to open the bottom of the inning. David Wright was struck out and Duda hit a ground-rule double. Buck singled to score Turner with the tying run and pinch-hitter Mike Baxter was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Davis delivered a single that plated Duda and Buck, putting the Mets ahead by two runs. With Tejada at bat, Baxter was caught stealing on catcher Gerald Laird’s throw to third baseman Ramiro Pena. Gearrin then got Tejada on a force play grounder to shortstop Andrelton Simmons to close out the inning.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell struck out Jason Heyward to start the top of the ninth. Justin Upton was retired on a ground ball to Murphy. Parnell then recorded a strikeout of Freeman to end the game. The Mets had a victory with a late comeback.