May 3, 2013: Two Runs in 10th Defeat Braves

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Date: May 3, 2013
Mets starter: Shaun Marcum
Mets: 7
Braves: 5
Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell
Key player(s): Marlon Byrd, David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy
Key play: Mets’ home runs, Tejada’s and Murphy’s singles in 10th

The Mets faced the Braves on a Friday night in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. The Mets scored twice in the 10th inning for a 7-5 win.

Ruben Tejada doubled against Braves’ starter Mike Minor to lead off the top of the first inning. Daniel Murphy popped out to third baseman Juan Francisco and a line drive by David Wright was caught by shortstop Andrelton Simmons. John Buck followed with a homer for a two-run Mets lead. Minor retired Justin Turner on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Justin Upton. For the Mets, Shaun Marcum pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Leading off the top of the second inning, Lucas Duda homered to extend the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Minor retired the next three New York batters and Marcum set down the Braves in order in the bottom half. Minor set down the Mets on three straight infield ground balls in the top of the third and B. J. Upton doubled to begin the bottom of the inning. Francisco hit a single that drove home B. J. Upton for the first Atlanta run of the game. Francisco advanced to second base on Minor’s sacrifice bunt. With Jordan Schafer at bat, Francisco was caught by catcher Buck’s pickoff throw and tagged out by shortstop Tejada. Marcum then issued a walk to Schafer and got Simmons on a grounder to Tejada that ended the inning.

After a scoreless fourth, Minor retired the Mets on three consecutive outfield flies in the top of the fifth. B. J. Upton and Ramiro Pena got back-to-back singles to open the bottom half. Minor followed with a force play bunt to Marcum and a walk to Schafer loaded the bases. Simmons hit a single to bring home Pena. Against Mets’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins, Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly that scored Minor and tied the game at 3-3. Hawkins then struck out Freddie Freeman to finish off the inning.

Minor retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Hawkins hurled a scoreless bottom half and Minor set down the Mets in order again in the top of the seventh. New York reliever Scott Atchison issued a walk to Pena to begin the bottom of the inning. Pena went to second base on pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Schafer drew a walk and Simmons hit a force play ground ball to third baseman Wright that plated Pena for a 4-3 Atlanta lead. Atchison then retired Justin Upton on a fly ball to right fielder Andrew Brown for the inning’s final out.

To begin the top of the eighth, Marlon Byrd hit a home run against Braves’ reliever Eric O’Flaherty to retie the game. O’Flaherty set down the next three Mets batters and New York’s Scott Rice retired Freeman on a line drive to Brown to open the bottom half. Against Mets’ reliever Brandon Lyon, Evan Gattis slugged a homer for a 5-4 Atlanta lead. Dan Uggla followed with a single to left field. Lyon then got B. J. Upton to hit a ground ball to Wright for an inning-ending double play.

Braves’ reliever Craig Kimbrel threw a called third strike past Murphy to start the top of the ninth. Wright hit a home run (the Mets’ fourth of the game) for a 5-5 tie. Kimbrel fanned both Buck and pinch-hitter Ike Davis to close out the inning and a double by Pena began the bottom half. Pena moved to third base on pinch-hitter Reed Johnson’s sacrifice bunt. Lyon was replaced on the mound by Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell, who retired Schafer on a line drive to center fielder Byrd. Parnell then walked Simmons and got Justin Upton on a grounder to Wright to send the game onward.

Atlanta reliever Jordan Walden retired Duda on a pop-up to Simmons to begin the top of the 10th inning. Byrd flied out to right fielder Schafer and a walk to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin followed. With Parnell at bat, Valdespin stole second base. Mike Baxter came in to pinch-hit for Parnell and was hit by a pitch. Tejada singled to drive home Valdespin and put the Mets ahead, 6-5. Walden was relieved by the Braves’ Luis Avilan, against whom Murphy hit a single that scored Baxter with the seventh New York run. Atlanta’s Cory Gearrin then got Wright to line out to Simmons and end the inning.

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia retired Freeman on a ground ball to first baseman Davis to open the bottom of the 10th. Gattis flied out to right fielder Baxter. Familia then threw a called third strike past Uggla to bring the game to an end. The Mets had a comeback victory in extra innings.