September 13, 2015: Mets Come Back in 9th, Win in 10th
|Date: September 13, 2015|
|Mets starter: Jonathon Niese|
|Winning pitcher: Bobby Parnell|
|Key player(s): Daniel Murphy Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto|
|Key play: Conforto's and Murphy's home runs, Granderson's single, Olivera's error|
The Mets faced the Braves on a Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets came from behind with three runs in the ninth inning and scored three more in the 10th for a 10-7 win.
Braves' starter Ryan Weber retired the side on three straight outfield fly balls in the top of the first. The Mets' Jonathon Niese pitched a scoreless bottom half and Juan Uribe singled to lead off the top of the second. Michael Conforto connected for a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a double and Ruben Tejada lined out to second baseman Daniel Castro. With Kevin Plawecki at bat, Nieuwenhuis was caught stealing on catcher Christian Bethancourt's throw to third baseman Hector Olivera. Plawecki drew a walk and Weber retired Niese on an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Niese then set down all three batters in the bottom half.
Weber shut down the Mets in the top of the third. Nick Markakis got an infield single to begin the bottom of the inning. Castro singled and Freddie Freeman went down on strikes. Adonis Garcia hit a single to drive home Markakis and a fly ball by Olivera was caught by right fielder Curtis Granderson. Simmons singled to score Garcia and tie the game at 2-2. Niese then got Bethancourt to fly out to left fielder Conforto and finish off the inning.
After scoreless fourth and fifth innings, Weber retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Simmons hit a single to begin the bottom half. Bethancourt reached on third baseman Uribe's error that allowed Simmons to move to third. Michael Bourn followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Simmons and put the Braves ahead, 3-2. Niese then fanned Weber and got Markakis on a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy to close out the inning.
Nieuwenhuis drew a leadoff walk against Weber in the top of the seventh. Kirk advanced to second base on Tejada's ground out to Olivera and to third on a single by Plawecki. Atlanta reliever Matt Marksberry hit pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer with a pitch to load the bases. Granderson followed with a single that plated both Nieuwenhuis and Plawecki for a 4-3 Mets lead. Marksberry retired the next two batters to end the inning and Castro singled against New York's Tim Stauffer to open the bottom half. Freeman followed with a single to send Castro to third. Garcia grounded back to Stauffer for a double play on which Castro came home to retie the game. Stauffer hit Olivera with a pitch and got Simmons on a force play ground ball to shortstop Tejada for the inning's third out.
Braves' reliever Sugar Ray Marimon surrendered just a walk to Conforto in the top of the eighth. Bethancourt singled against Stauffer to begin the bottom half. Against Mets' reliever Dario Alvarez, Bourn laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Bethancourt to second base. Pinch-hitter Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch and Markakis flied out to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. Castro singled to drive home Bethancourt and a walk to Freeman loaded the bases. Against New York's Bobby Parnell, Garcia hit a single to score pinch-runner Cameron Maybin and Castro for a 7-4 Atlanta lead. Parnell then struck out Olivera to finish off the inning.
Braves' reliever Peter Moylan struck out both Tejada and Plawecki to start the top of the ninth. Juan Lagares hit a double and Atlanta's Ryan Kelly issued a walk to Granderson. Murphy connected for a three-run homer to tie the game at 7-7. Kelly retired Lucas Duda on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Maybin. Parnell then set down the side on three consecutive infield grounders in the bottom half to send the game onward.
Nieuwenhuis drew a two-out walk against Atlanta reliever Edwin Jackson in the top of the 10th. A single by Tejada moved Nieuwenhuis to third base. Plawecki hit a ground ball on which Olivera made a throwing error that allowed Nieuwenhuis to score and put the Mets ahead, 8-7. Lagares walked to load the bases and Granderson drew a walk to force home Tejada. Against the Braves' Danny Burawa, Murphy walked to score Plawecki with the tenth New York run of the game. Burawa then retired Duda on a ground ball to Castro for the third out of the inning.
Mets' reliever Addison Reed struck out Maybin to begin the bottom of the 10th. Markakis reached on Tejada's error and Castro popped out to Murphy. Reed then got Freeman on a fly ball to Granderson for the game's final out. The Mets had an amazing comeback victory.