Rapid Reaction: Braves 5, Mets 5

May, 24, 2013
5/24/13
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On a soggy Fireworks Night at Citi Field, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves never got that far.

The game was suspended with the score tied at five entering the ninth inning. It will resume at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, followed by the regularly scheduled game. The fireworks will be shot at the end of Saturday’s baseball.

Rookie phenom Evan Gattis delivered a tiebreaking, pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth against Greg Burke that plated two runs charged to Scott Rice, giving Atlanta a 5-3 lead.

A half-inning later, Daniel Murphy had an RBI single to pull the Mets within a run. A wild pitch by Anthony Varvaro in a driving rain with Rick Ankiel batting then evened the score at five.

Gattis, whose last visit to New York was when he was out of baseball and penniless and hungry, now has five go-ahead or game-tying hits in the eighth inning or later this season. That is tied with Brandon Belt for the most in the majors, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Golden Sombrero: Ike Davis struck out in all four of his at-bats, dropping him to one for his last 42. It was the third time this season he has had a four-strikeout game. That matches the franchise record for most games in a season with four or more strikeouts, joining Cliff Floyd (2004), Jerry Koosman (1970) and Ron Swoboda (1969).

When Davis fouled off a 1-2 pitch in his fourth at-bat, the Citi Field crowd offered a mock cheer.

Wilmer Flores, incidentally, is starting at first base tonight for only the second time this season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Forever young? Jeremy Hefner pitched well enough to win, but LaTroy Hawkins, who replaced him to begin the seventh, surrendered a leadoff homer to Dan Uggla that evened the score at three.

Hefner remained 0-5 with the hard-luck no-decision.

He allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out seven in a 94-pitch effort spanning six innings.

After giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to Freddie Freeman, Hefner kept the Braves’ bats silent the next five frames, retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced.

Young men: The Upton brothers had some costly miscues in the field.

Justin Upton had a pair of misplays in left field, contributing to two Mets runs. In the first, he misread and had Lucas Duda’s liner drop in front of him for an RBI single that pulled the Mets within 2-1. In the fifth, he again misread a shot -- this time from Murphy -- which landed over his head for a double. Murphy eventually scored on Marlon Byrd’s single as the Mets took a 3-2 lead.

B.J. Upton’s error in center in the eighth also proved costly. On Murphy’s single that pulled the Mets within 5-4, the center fielder misplayed the ball on the slick turf and was charged with an error that allowed Ruben Tejada to advance to third. That put Tejada in position to score the tying run on the wild pitch.

Buck shot: John Buck’s 11th homer of the season, a solo shot in the fourth against Kris Medlen, evened the score at two. It was Buck’s first long ball since May 3, at Atlanta against Mike Minor.

What's next: Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.04 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (5-2, 2.78 ERA) in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
8 4.04 82 113
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .297
HRC. Granderson 14
RBIL. Duda 46
RD. Murphy 55
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAJ. Niese 2.96
SOZ. Wheeler 99