The Mets (55-60) defeated the Braves (66-48) by the score of 6 to 5 in Citi Field tonight.
David Wright and Ike Davis each knocked in a run in the first inning, after which Jon Niese let up just one run and six hits in eight innings of work.
Josh Edgin loaded the bases to start the ninth inning, after which Frank Francisco entered with two outs. However, Francisco walked in two runs, then gave up an RBI double before being removed from the game. Jon Rauch then struck out Jason Heyward to end the game.
Davis later drove in another run, as did Ruben Tejada, Andres Torres and Jordany Valdespin, who pulled a line-drive home run to right field in the sixth inning.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com:Only the Mets can make me feel frustrated, despite winning the game… Thankfully, Rauch stopped the bleeding, mixing pitches well to Heyward to get the final strike out. Of course, the pitch was dropped and the throw to first nearly went wild, but it didn’t and a win is a win.
Speaking of mixing pitches, Niese did a really nice job tonight keeping the Braves off balance, moving his pitches around the zone, but for strikes, and using his cutter and curve ball to compliment one another, and getting a double play when he needed it (in the first inning). He was in command of his pitches all night, he dictated the game and it was great to see.
Wright has been in a funk these last few weeks, but in his first at-bat tonight he looked like vintage Wright, pushing a ball to right field (after being down in the count) to drive in the game’s first run.
Nice job by Murphy, by the way, who made a nice back-handed play behind second base to scoop a ground ball and throw out the leadoff runner in the third inning.
Also, hat’s off to Valdespin, who now has eight home runs this season, and who should continue to play every day so we can all get a better idea of what he’s about.
To hear from Terry Collins, Jon Niese, and Frank Francisco about tonight’s win, watch this:
The Mets are off Monday. They begin a three game series against the Reds in Cincinnati on Tuesday, when Chris Young (3-6, 4.87 ERA) takes on Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.