September 4, 2013: Brown and Duda Slug Mets Past Braves

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Date: September 4, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 5
Braves: 2
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Andrew Brown, Lucas Duda
Key play: Brown’s and Duda’s home runs, Gee’s single

The Mets faced the Braves on a Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda hit home runs to lead the Mets to a 5-2 win.

Daniel Murphy tripled against Braves’ starter Kameron Loe with one out in the top of the first inning. Brown followed with a home run to give the Mets a two-run lead. Duda hit a double to right field and advanced to third base after Justin Turner’s fly out to center fielder B. J. Upton. Loe retired Travis d'Arnaud on a ground ball to shortstop Paul Janish for the third out. For the Mets, Dillon Gee pitched a scoreless bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases in the top of the second. Gee gave up just a single to Janish in the bottom of the inning. Leading off the top of the third, Duda homered for the Mets’ third run of the game. Turner singled and moved to third base on a single by d’Arnaud. Juan Lagares followed with a force play grounder to third baseman Elliot Johnson to drive home Turner. Lagares went to second on Omar Quintanilla’s ground out to second baseman Dan Uggla and scored on a single by Gee for a 5-0 Mets lead. Eric Young grounded back to Loe for the inning’s final out. Gee then retired the Braves in order in the bottom half.

Despite singles by Duda and Turner, Loe hurled a scoreless top of the fourth. Gee pitched a perfect bottom of the inning and Quintanilla got a one-out single in the top of the fifth. Gee drew a walk and Freddy Garcia came in to pitch for Atlanta. Young went down on strikes and Murphy singled to load the bases. Garcia fanned Brown to end the inning and Uggla hit a single to open the bottom half. Janish singled to send Uggla to third base and went to second on Garcia’s sacrifice bunt. B. J. Upton followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Uggla with the Braves’ first run. Gee then got Justin Upton on a ground ball to second baseman Murphy to close out the inning.

Gee and Garcia each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Atlanta reliever Anthony Varvaro surrendered only a walk to Brown in the top of the eighth. With two outs in the bottom half, Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run against the Mets’ Vic Black. Evan Gattis doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch. Black then retired Gerald Laird on a foul pop-up to first baseman Duda for the third out of the inning.

Varvaro set down the Mets in order in the top of the ninth. Elliot Johnson doubled against New York reliever LaTroy Hawkins to open the bottom half. Uggla fouled out to third baseman Turner and a pop-up by pinch-hitter Andrelton Simmons was caught by shortstop Quintanilla. Hawkins then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Chris Johnson to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.