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Bullpen lifts Braves past Mets

(Tuesday, July 1)

Final Score: Atlanta 5, New York 4

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Braves bullpen tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball as Atlanta defeated the New York Mets, 5-4, in the middle test of a three-game set.

Mike Minor exited with one out in the fifth after he allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk. Shae Simmons (1-0) was credited with his first big-league win, spinning 1 2/3 innings in Atlanta’s sixth straight win.

After Simmons departed, Luis Avilan blanked the Mets in the seventh and Jordan Walden tossed a scoreless eighth before Craig Kimbrel fired a 1-2-3 ninth for his 26th save of the year.

Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the triumph.

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy each smacked a two-run homer for the Mets, who have dropped six of their last seven tilts. Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3) yielded five runs on seven hits and three walks over five innings.

The game was tied 2-2 before the Braves pushed across three runs in the fourth to go ahead.

Chris Johnson worked a leadoff walk, moved to second on a Tommy La Stella groundout and scored on Minor’s roller up the middle two batters later. B.J. Upton’s single put runners on the corners, and after Upton stole second base during Simmons’ at-bat, Simmons bounced one through the hole on the left side to bring home Minor and Upton for a 5-2 Braves advantage.

The Mets got a pair of runs back in the fifth. Ruben Tejada coaxed a one-out free pass and Murphy followed with his two-run shot into the seats in right- center.

New York, though, mustered just one hit the rest of the way — a two-out Travis d’Arnaud base hit in the eighth.

Earlier, the Braves opened the scoring in the second on Christian Bethancourt’s two-out RBI single, but New York brought home two in the third. Juan Lagares led off with a bunt single, advanced to second on Matsuzaka’s sacrifice bunt and came home on Granderson’s blast to right.

Freddie Freeman’s RBI double in the home half knotted the game.

Game Notes

The Braves were 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while New York finished 1-for-4 and left seven men on base … Granderson’s homer was his 12th of the season.

 

BOX SCORE

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NY Mets 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Atlanta « 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 X 5 7 0
W:S.Simmons(1-0) L:D.Matsuzaka(3-3) S:C.Kimbrel (26)
HR: NYM- C.Granderson (12), D.Murphy (7) ATL- None

 

NY Mets AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Curtis Granderson RF 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 .234
Ruben Tejada SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .242
  Bobby Abreu PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .274
Daniel Murphy 2B 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 .302
Eric Campbell 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .322
Lucas Duda 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .252
Chris Young LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .199
Travis d`Arnaud C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .206
Juan Lagares CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Daisuke Matsuzaka P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300
  Carlos Torres P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Eric Young PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236
Totals 36 4 10 4 0 0 2 1 13
Atlanta AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
B.J. Upton CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .209
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .251
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 .290
Justin Upton LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .274
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245
Chris Johnson 3B 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .282
Tommy LaStella 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .277
  Ramiro Pena 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194
Christian Bethancourt C 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .273
Mike Minor P 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .174
  Shae Simmons P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Dan Uggla PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .163
  Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 31 5 7 5 1 0 0 3 9

E_C.Torres. LOB_NY Mets 7, Atlanta 6. 2B_F.Freeman. HR_C.Granderson (12) off M.Minor, D.Murphy (7) off M.Minor. S_D.Matsuzaka. SB_B.Upton (13), J.Upton (7), C.Johnson (2).

NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka (L 3-3) 5.0 7 5 5 3 5 0 98-56 3.72
Carlos Torres 3.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 32-24 3.02
Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Mike Minor 4.1 9 4 4 1 5 2 101-67 4.73
Shae Simmons (W 1-0) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 25-16 1.23
Luis Avilan (H 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19-11 4.13
Jordan Walden (H 8) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 20-14 2.82
Craig Kimbrel (S 26) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 13-11 2.10

HBP_by D.Matsuzaka (T.LaStella). 
T_3:17. A_21347.
Umpires_Home,Dale Scott; First, Dan Iassogna; Second, CB Bucknor; Third, Hal Gibson III.

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