The boos were replaced by cheers.
The long trek back to the dugout was re-routed to first base.
Ike Davis finally had a hit.
Davis produced his second hit in 43 at-bats and snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a 10th-inning single off Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel in a 7-5 loss in 10 innings to Atlanta on Saturday. Davis went 1-for-5 in the game with four strikeouts, but it's the hit that the Mets hope gets him going. He is not playing Saturday's nightcap to avoid the lefty-lefty matchup against Atlanta's Mike Minor.
"Sure it felt good for him too to get a hit off a tough pitcher," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "[Kimbrel's] really, really good, so, like I said, hopefully it's the start of something."
With a man on first and no outs in the 10th, Davis battled Atlanta's closer to a 3-2 count before slicing a line drive over the glove of a leaping Andrelton Simmons into left-center field for a base hit. The fans gave Davis a mini standing ovation for the hit, instead of the normal boos that he's been serenaded with lately. Davis is batting .149 on the year with four homers and just nine RBIs.
"I'm sure if you talk to Craig he wishes [the curve] was lower, but the point is [Davis] stayed in there and just put a good swing on it," Collins said.
"That was really good. He stayed back and saw the pitch, kept his head down, and I thought it was really a good at-bat for him."
TEJADA MISTAKE: The Mets set themselves up for a big inning in the 10th by getting the first two men on, but Ruben Tejada failed to get down a sacrifice bunt, instead popping up for the first out. The Mets didn't score that inning as Justin Turner followed with a game-ending double play.
"[Ruben]’s a fundamental type player. Again we’re seeing some things that are very uncharacteristic of a lot of guys," Collins said. "Ruben Tejada who handles the bat as well as anybody on this club, you certainly expect him, I thought it was a no-brainer he was going to get the bunt down."
It's been a rough year for Tejada, who was hitting just .211 with zero homers and 10 RBIs entering the second game on Saturday. The team would like to use him in the leadoff spot, but he's been hitting too many fly balls.
"I’m a little surprised because he’s such a fundamentally sound player," Collins said of Tejada's disappointing season. "When I first came to this organization, that was the first thing they talked about was Ruben Tejada, his approach to the game and how it’s so beyond his years as far as his mental approach. But he's had a rough start and hopefully what I saw the last couple of games, he’s starting to see the baseball a little bit better, hitting more line drives. Hopefully he’s back and finishes the season strong because you don’t hit .285 by mistake because he’s a good hitter."