Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Braves 0
By Adam Rubin
ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon had little wiggle room for most of his outing given a lack of support from his team’s batters. So Colon did what he had to do, blanking the Atlanta Braves for seven innings.
On a night the Braves honored Hank Aaron to mark the 40th anniversary of the home run that passed Babe Ruth, the Mets ultimately spoiled the party with a 4-0 win against the Braves on Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 47,144 at Turner Field.
Colon’s final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. He threw 101 pitches (70 strikes).
Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsRuben Tejada slides into home on a wild pitch for the first run of Tuesday's game.
Colon completed his outing by retiring Jason Heyward on a groundout to second base to strand two baserunners. The inning had been prolonged by Ruben Tejada’s fielding error.
Tejada nonetheless finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and two runs scored.
Ex-Met Aaron Harang had limited the Amazin’s to two hits and four walks in six innings while striking out nine. The lone run against him came when Tejada walked to lead off the third and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Mets tacked on two runs in the seventh, when they produced four hits in that frame alone against Braves relievers.
Tejada had an RBI single against reliever Gus Schlosser. After Colon’s sac bunt, Luis Avilan entered and surrendered an RBI single to Eric Young Jr. (Young was thrown out attempting to stretch the hit into a double.)
Avilan subsequently departed after injuring himself diving out of the way of a shard on Daniel Murphy’s broken-bat single. The Braves announced Avilan had a left hamstring cramp.
Tejada also had an RBI single in the eighth against ex-Met Pedro Beato.
Snapped:Travis d’Arnaud snapped an 0-for-16 skid to begin the season with a fourth-inning single. The longest drought by a position player to begin a season as a Met remains Phil Linz, who went 0-for-25 to open the 1968 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
D’Arnaud finished 2-for-4. He doubled in the seventh on a ball that hung up a while in the air, but which dropped in left-center, between Justin Upon and B.J. Upton. He then scored on Tejada’s ensuing single as the Mets took a 2-0 lead.
Duda day:Lucas Duda, his audition having resumed after Ike Davis started Sunday, went 1-for-4. Davis grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
Slumping:David Wright, batting illness, went 0-for-5 and is hitless in his past 12 at-bats.
Unbeaten: The Mets are now 2-for-2 in challenges this season. Juan Lagares, initially ruled out at first base on a groundball in the eighth, had the call overturned after Terry Collins requested a video review. The review process took three minutes.
Penultimate:Kyle Farnsworth tossed a perfect eighth. Jose Valverde completed the shutout despite allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth and committing an error that loaded the bases with one out.
What’s next: Native Georgian Zack Wheeler, who spent the past two nights in his own home, opposes right-hander Ervin Santana at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. Santana, who signed on March 12 for $14.1 million after Atlanta lost Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen to elbow injuries, will make his Braves debut.