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Prado's homer lifts Braves past Mets in 12

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NEW YORK -- After blowing a save chance about 19 hours earlier, Mike Gonzalez was determined.

"It happened last night. It wasn't going to happen again today," the Atlanta Braves reliever said. "We work too hard."

Gonzalez held on -- barely.

After allowing Jose Reyes' leadoff double in the 12th inning and Luis Castillo's sacrifice, Gonzalez struck out Carlos Beltran and froze Gary Sheffield with a called third strike, preserving an exhausting 8-7 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

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"I'm glad that game is over," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "I think both teams were out of pitchers, position players and just about everything else."

Fernando Tatis hit a fourth-inning grand slam on the second pitch from reliever Buddy Carlyle. Sheffield tied the score 7-all in the eighth with his second home run of the season and No. 501 of his career.

After wasting leads of 2-0, 4-2 and 7-6, Atlanta went ahead for good when Martin Prado homered off Ken Takahashi (0-1) with one out in the 12th.

Reyes had three doubles but again cost the Mets with foolish baserunning. A day after he was thrown out at third trying to stretch a two-run double that pulled the Mets within a run in the eighth, Reyes was out trying to cross to third on a grounder to shortstop with the score tied and one out in the seventh.

Then, he admired his 12th-inning drive, thinking it was a home run and failing to run hard out of the batters' box. It missed being a home run by about 1½ feet.

"We are going to have to pay close attention to those things," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "In order to be a good team and a speed team, you need to be aggressive but you have to also play smart. And we're not playing very smart at this point."

Manuel didn't fault Reyes for not getting to third on his hit in the 12th.

"It looks like the harder he runs, the more trouble he gets in," Manuel said.

Reyes called the seventh-inning blunder "bad baserunning" but didn't fault himself for his lack of hustle in the final inning.

"I think if you try to hone him in," Sheffield said, "he might not play as well. He has to be himself, and that's the way he plays."

Before a crowd of 40,555, the largest at Citi Field since the April 13 opener, the Mets lost for just the second time on an eight-game homestand before heading out on a 10-game trip to San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston. Manuel said the team might make a decision in a day or two whether to put first baseman Carlos Delgado on the disabled list because of an injured right hip.

Atlanta headed home following a 6-2 trip against NL East foes.

"Huge win for us after last night's game was such a downer," said Chipper Jones, who hit two of Atlanta's seven doubles and drove in two runs.

With the score 7-all, Prado hit his second homer of the season, sending a 3-2 pitch about six rows deep into the left-field seats. It was the first major league decision for Takahashi, a 40-year-old rookie who was New York's eighth pitcher of the day.

Jeff Bennett (1-1) got six outs to win Citi Field's second extra-inning game, one day after ending the first with a 10th-inning walk to Beltran. Gonzalez fell behind Sheffield 2-0, then got the final out on a backdoor slider for his sixth save in eight chances.

"If they get the game tied against him, then we're in all kinds of dire straits," Jones said.

Doubles by Prado and pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson off J.J. Putz gave Atlanta a 7-6 lead in the eighth, but Sheffield homered on a chest-high fastball in the bottom half against Rafael Soriano. Sheffield's other homer this season tied an April 17 game against Milwaukee in the seventh.

"I thought I'd never hit another one," he said.

Notes

  • New York has 14 homers to go along with 13 triples at pitcher-friendly Citi Field -- Tatis' was the Mets' third homer to center at the $800 million ballpark.
  • Tatis has seven slams -- in 1999 he became the first player to hit two in one inning.
  • Mets 3B David Wright made his fifth error, allowing Jones' two-hopper to go through his legs in the seventh. Garret Anderson followed with a sacrifice fly that tied it at 6.
  • Mets starter Jonathon Niese allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, then was optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo. New York purchased the contract of RHP Nelson Figueroa.
  • Atlanta starter Jo-Jo Reyes gave up five runs in three-plus innings, raising his ERA to 6.58. He has allowed 16 runs over 14 1/3 innings against the Mets in four career starts.
 
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The Braves win thanks to Martin Prado, who comes up large with a go-ahead HR in the 12th.  (AP)
The Braves win thanks to Martin Prado, who comes up large with a go-ahead HR in the 12th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

F. Tatis
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, 2B-CF6220021 .338
Yunel Escobar, SS3210301 .306
Chipper Jones, 3B3222201 .305
Garret Anderson, LF5033001 .232
Matt Diaz, RF3011012 .261
   a- Casey Kotchman, PH1000002 .314
    Jeff Francoeur, RF2000011 .257
Martin Prado, 1B6221002 .302
David Ross, C5000121 .269
Jordan Schafer, CF3000010 .214
   b- Kelly Johnson, PH-2B3021001 .243
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2000020 .000
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   c- Greg Norton, PH1000000 .136
    Peter Moylan, P1000011 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
    James Parr, P0000000 .000
   d- Brian McCann, PH1000001 .274
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
   e- Kenshin Kawakami, PH1000011 .250
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals468138611  
a-popped out for Diaz in the 7th
b-doubled for Schafer in the 8th
c-flied out for O'Flaherty in the 7th
d-grounded out for Parr in the 10th
e-struck out for J. Bennett in the 12th
Batting
2B - Omar Infante (4, Niese), Yunel Escobar (9, Rodriguez), Chipper Jones 2 (6, Niese, Niese), Garret Anderson (5, Niese), Martin Prado (6, Putz), Kelly Johnson (5, Putz)
HR - Martin Prado (2, Takahashi)
SF - Chipper Jones (1), Garret Anderson (3)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (13), Garret Anderson 3 (8), Matt Diaz (14), Martin Prado (7), Kelly Johnson (11)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Jones-Infante-Prado, Escobar-Prado, Escobar-Infante-Prado, Escobar-Prado
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes 3455300 6.58
Buddy Carlyle 2111221 5.28
Eric O'Flaherty 1100010 1.98
Peter Moylan 1100000 6.39
Rafael Soriano (BS,1) 1211021 1.59
James Parr 1100020 3.38
Jeff Bennett (W,1-1) 2100010 2.20
Mike Gonzalez (S,6) 1100020 3.45
HBP - Wright (by Jeff Bennett)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 56-31, Buddy Carlyle 35-20, Eric O'Flaherty 18-12, Peter Moylan 12-8, Rafael Soriano 19-13, James Parr 15-9, Jeff Bennett 27-15, Mike Gonzalez 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 4-3, Buddy Carlyle 1-3, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Peter Moylan 1-1, James Parr 1-0, Jeff Bennett 2-2, Mike Gonzalez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 14, Buddy Carlyle 9, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Peter Moylan 3, Rafael Soriano 5, James Parr 4, Jeff Bennett 7, Mike Gonzalez 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5130112 .286
Luis Castillo, 2B4111112 .318
Carlos Beltran, CF4110222 .370
Gary Sheffield, LF6221023 .196
David Wright, 3B4110011 .315
Fernando Tatis, 1B5134001 .358
Ramon Castro, C3000112 .275
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .333
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
Ryan Church, RF5010021 .265
Jonathon Niese, P1000000 .333
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .275
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Alex Cora, PH0000000 .333
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   d- Omir Santos, PH-C1000000 .277
Totals407126510  
a-flied out for Castro in the 11th
b-lined out for Parnell in the 7th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Rodriguez in the 9th
d-flied out for Feliciano in the 11th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes 3 (7, Reyes, Moylan, Gonzalez)
3B - Luis Castillo (2, Reyes)
HR - Gary Sheffield (2, Soriano), Fernando Tatis (2, Carlyle)
SH - Luis Castillo (3), Jonathon Niese (1), Alex Cora (4)
RBI - Luis Castillo (11), Gary Sheffield (6), Fernando Tatis 4 (8)
CS - Luis Castillo (1, 2nd base by Moylan/Ross)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Church 1
DP - Reyes-Tatis, Church-Wright
E - David Wright (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese 4.2755250 5.91
Brian Stokes 1.1000010 0.61
Bobby Parnell (BS,1) 1110100 1.17
J.J. Putz 1211020 4.05
Francisco Rodriguez 1100110 1.08
Sean Green 0.1000100 8.79
Pedro Feliciano 1.2000100 3.07
Ken Takahashi (L,0-1) 1211021 3.86
IBB - Jones by Bobby Parnell, Jones by Francisco Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 73-48, Brian Stokes 9-6, Bobby Parnell 21-12, J.J. Putz 22-13, Francisco Rodriguez 16-8, Sean Green 10-5, Pedro Feliciano 15-7, Ken Takahashi 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-3, Brian Stokes 1-2, Bobby Parnell 1-3, Pedro Feliciano 4-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 22, Brian Stokes 4, Bobby Parnell 6, J.J. Putz 5, Francisco Rodriguez 4, Sean Green 2, Pedro Feliciano 6, Ken Takahashi 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40555
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Andy Fletcher