September 10, 2015: Plawecki and Uribe Lead Mets Past Braves

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Date: September 10, 2015
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 7
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Juan Uribe, Kevin Plawecki, Bartolo Colon
Key play: Plawecki’s and Uribe’s doubles, Colon’s single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Thursday night in Atlanta. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Kevin Plawecki and Juan Uribe drove in three runs apiece in a 7-2 Mets win.

Bartolo Colon and the Braves’ Shelby Miller each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Uribe hit a single to lead off the top of the fourth. Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores were retired on consecutive outfield line drives and an infield single by Kelly Johnson ensued. Plawecki doubled to drive home Uribe and Johnson. Colon followed with a single that scored Plawecki for a 3-0 Mets lead. Miller retired Curtis Granderson on a ground ball to first baseman Freddie Freeman to close out the inning. Colon then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Miller shut down the Mets in the top of the fifth. Colon hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and Miller yielded only a single to Flores in the top of the sixth. Bartolo surrendered just a walk to Freeman in the bottom half and Atlanta reliever Ross Detweiler issued walks to Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes to open the top of the seventh. The Braves’ Andrew McKirahan got Lucas Duda to fly out to left fielder Nick Swisher. Uribe hit a single to bring home Granderson and increase the Mets’ lead to 4-0. McKirahan then got Conforto on a double play grounder to second baseman Jace Peterson for the inning’s final outs.

Swisher singled against Colon to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Peterson connected for a triple to score Swisher and came home on a single by Andrelton Simmons, reducing the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Michael Bourn hit a force play ground ball to second baseman Johnson and a fly ball by pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia was caught by right fielder Granderson. New York reliever Dario Alvarez then got Nick Markakis to line out to left fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and finish off the inning.

Flores singled against Atlanta reliever Edwin Jackson to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-runner Eric Young went to second base on a wild pitch and to third after Johnson’s fly out to center fielder Bourn. Plawecki grounded out to Peterson to drive home Young for a 5-2 Mets lead. Jackson struck out Nieuwenhuis to end the inning. Alvarez then retired the side in order in the bottom half.

Granderson drew a walk against Braves’ reliever Ryan Kelly to open the top of the ninth. Cespedes flied out to Bourn and a walk to Duda followed. Uribe hit a double to plate Granderson and Duda with the Mets’ sixth and seventh runs of the game. Kelly retired pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada on outfield fly balls to close out the inning and Peterson drew a one-out walk against New York’s Addison Reed in the bottom half. Simmons singled and Bourn grounded out to Johnson. Reed then got pinch-hitter Todd Cunningham to fly out to Nieuwenhuis and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a solid victory to start the series.