Friday, May 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Braves 5 (10)
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets' most reliable pieces -- David Wright, Bobby Parnell, Jordany Valdespin and John Buck -- all played starring roles as the Mets survived for a 7-5 win in 10 innings against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.
With the Mets two outs from defeat, Wright belted a solo homer against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth to even the score. Kimbrel had entered the game with the fifth-best career save percentage in MLB history among closers with at least 100 opportunities (89.1 percent).
Parnell then had a stellar moment, too.
Inheriting a runner on third base from Brandon Lyon with one out and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Parnell wriggled free of the jam. He stranded the potential winning run 90 feet from home plate by ultimately retiring Justin Upton on a groundout to third base.
The final dramatics: Ruben Tejada delivered a two-out single against Jordan Walden in the top of the 10th that scored Valdespin and Daniel Murphy added an RBI single against Luis Avilan. Valdespin had walked as a pinch hitter with two outs and stolen second.
Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th for his first major league save. The converted starter's only other professional save came earlier this season with Triple-A Las Vegas.
LYON DOESN’T ROAR: Lyon, who became the eighth pitcher in franchise history to uncork a walk-off wild pitch earlier this week in Miami, nearly twice gave up the lead.
Lyon originally entered with one out in the eighth and the score tied at 4. He served up a tiebreaking homer to Evan Gattis on the first pitch he threw.
After Wright’s long ball pulled the Mets even at 5, Lyon allowed a leadoff double to Ramiro Pena in the ninth, then a sac bunt. Terry Collins then inserted Parnell with the winning run at third base. And Parnell coaxed a flyout that was too shallow for the Braves to attempt to score, the closer ultimately escaped with the Upton groundout.
DEEP THOUGHTS: All of the Mets’ runs before the 10th came via the homer.
Buck's 10th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning against left-hander Mike Minor, came in his 25th game of the season. That tied Buck with Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1982) for the second-fastest to double digits in franchise history to start a season.
Kingman also has the franchise record. He reached 10 homers in his 23rd game of the 1976 season.
Duda’s solo shot in the second was his sixth long ball of 2013 and staked the Mets to a 3-0 lead. He was the last baserunner Minor allowed.
Marlon Byrd homered to lead off the eighth against left-hander Eric O'Flaherty, which evened the score at 4. O’Flaherty had just replaced Minor, who was pulled with his pitch count at 90 despite retiring the final 18 batters he faced.
OFF THE MARC: Shaun Marcum took a 3-1 lead into the fifth. He then surrendered a one-out RBI single to Andrelton Simmons that pulled Atlanta within a run and departed with the bases loaded.
LaTroy Hawkins limited the damage. Hawkins surrendered a first-pitch sacrifice fly to dangerous Justin Upton that evened the score at 3. Hawkins then struck out Freddie Freeman to strand two in scoring position.
Marcum’s final line: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He threw 87 pitches (57 strikes).
DEBUTANT: Andrew Brown, starting in right field, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his Mets debut before departing for the pinch-hitting Valdespin in the 10th.
OUCH: Braves third baseman Juan Francisco was forced to leave the game after spraining his right ankle on the basepaths in the third inning. Pena replaced him.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jonathon Niese (2-2, 3.31 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (1-0, 5.08) at 7:10 p.m. Saturday.