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Braves rally in ninth against K-Rod, beat Mets on Murphy's error

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ATLANTA -- Daniel Murphy's "pretty awful day" helped give the Atlanta Braves a ninth-inning comeback victory and more reason to believe in their playoff chances.

The Braves took advantage of Murphy's error to score two runs in the ninth inning off Francisco Rodriguez and beat the New York Mets 6-5 on Wednesday night for their season-best sixth consecutive victory.

With the game tied and runners on first and second with two outs, former Mets outfielder Ryan Church hit a grounder to first base. The in-between hopper hit off a charging Murphy, who then failed to catch the deflected ball as David Ross scored the winning run from second base.

"I've got to make that play," Murphy said. "I make it 100 times. I booted it and tonight we lost the ballgame."

Rodriguez (3-5) gave up only one hit in the ninth but couldn't hold a 5-4 lead. It was his sixth blown save in 37 chances and another demoralizing loss for the Mets this season.

The Braves remained five games behind the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild-card race.

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Omir Santos gave New York a 5-4 lead with his first career pinch-hit home run in the eighth off Mike Gonzalez, who recorded only one out before leaving with a stiff back.

Eric O'Flaherty (2-1) pitched the ninth for the victory in a game that was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 56 minutes.

After recording the last out in the eighth, Rodriguez gave up a leadoff double down the right-field line to Garret Anderson in the ninth. Rodriguez then hit Brian McCann with a pitch.

Pinch-runners Reid Gorecki and Ross advanced on Yunel Escobar's sacrifice bunt. Adam LaRoche, who had two home runs in the Braves' 6-0 win on Tuesday night, was issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Gorecki easily scored the tying run on Omar Infante's fly ball to center field.

Then came Church's grounder. The spinning grounder might have looked routine to everyone but Church.

"It had a lot of topspin on it going to the bag," Church said. "It just seemed like something would happen.

"As soon as I saw it running up his leg and his arm, it was in the air," he said. "David was running regardless."

Church said after he saw the error, his only thought was "go for the bag, hope for the best."

Said Braves manager Bobby Cox: "We didn't draw it up that way but we'll take it. Oh, man!"

New York has found improbable ways to lose all year: Murphy, who switched to first base after Carlos Delgado was injured, dropped a fly ball in left field, Church missed third base while rounding the bag and Luis Castillo flubbed Alex Rodriguez's ninth-inning popup at Yankee Stadium.

This latest loss was another painful blow to the Mets' lost season.

"It's tough anytime we lose a ballgame, especially when you feel personally responsible," Murphy said. "Pretty awful day on my part."

The Mets had 16 hits and stranded 14 baserunners.

Braves right-hander Derek Lowe gave up three runs in two innings before leaving the game with a blister on his right ring finger.

Lowe made his shortest start of the season, giving up five hits and three runs, two earned, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Lowe appeared to be bothered by his hand from the start of the game. He looked at his hand on his walk from the mound to the dugout after the first inning before giving up three runs in the second.

Jeff Francoeur, acquired by the Mets for Church on July 10, had three hits, including a single off Lowe to lead off the second.

Castillo's walk with two outs loaded the bases and set up Josh Thole's two-run single. David Wright drove in Castillo with a single for a 3-0 lead.

Infante doubled off Bobby Parnell in the second and scored on Church's single.

The Braves added two runs in the third on McCann's double and Infante's single, tying the game at 3.

Nate McLouth scored on a passed ball by Thole in the fourth to put the Braves up 4-3, but the Mets tied it in the fifth on Reed's RBI single.

Parnell gave up seven hits and four runs, three earned, in 3 1/3 innings.

Notes

  • Fans who endured the long rain delay were invited to move to seats closer to the field after the first inning, leaving the lower level closer to half-full.
  • Braves 3B Chipper Jones missed his third consecutive start with a strained oblique and lower back pain. He struck out in the eighth as a pinch-hitter.
 
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Daniel Murphy's error allows David Ross to beat the play at the plate and score the winning run.  (AP)
Daniel Murphy's error allows David Ross to beat the play at the plate and score the winning run. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

O. Santos
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Luis Castillo, 2B5110113 .309
Josh Thole, C4022003 .423
   a- Omir Santos, PH-C1111000 .261
David Wright, 3B5031001 .315
Carlos Beltran, CF4020101 .332
Daniel Murphy, 1B4000105 .258
Jeff Francoeur, RF5230023 .276
Jeremy Reed, LF3111001 .255
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
   b- Gary Sheffield, PH1000003 .278
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Wilson Valdez, SS3020012 .233
   c- Angel Pagan, PH-LF2010000 .305
Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .125
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   d- Cory Sullivan, PH1000002 .258
    Lance Broadway, P0000000 .000
   e- Fernando Tatis, PH1000001 .273
    Anderson Hernandez, SS0000100 .253
Totals39516544  
a-homered for Thole in the 8th
b-lined out for Green in the 8th
c-singled for Valdez in the 7th
d-flied out for Takahashi in the 5th
e-flied out for Broadway in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (22, Acosta), Jeff Francoeur (27, Kawakami)
HR - Omir Santos (7, Gonzalez)
SH - Bobby Parnell 2 (4)
RBI - Josh Thole 2 (4), Omir Santos (37), David Wright (67), Jeremy Reed (9)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Thole 2 (2), David Wright (17)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
PB - Josh Thole (2)
E - Daniel Murphy (13, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Bobby Parnell 3.1743340 5.60
Ken Takahashi 0.2000010 2.81
Lance Broadway 2100010 5.46
Pedro Feliciano 0.2000210 3.05
Sean Green 0.1000000 5.03
Brian Stokes (H,9) 0.2000110 4.00
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,6; L,3-5) 1121110 3.13
IBB - Escobar by Pedro Feliciano, LaRoche by Francisco Rodriguez
HBP - McCann (by Francisco Rodriguez)
WP - Sean Green (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Bobby Parnell 83-46, Ken Takahashi 10-7, Lance Broadway 26-17, Pedro Feliciano 13-5, Sean Green 5-4, Brian Stokes 16-8, Francisco Rodriguez 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bobby Parnell 4-2, Lance Broadway 3-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Sean Green 1-0, Brian Stokes 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1
Batters Faced - Bobby Parnell 20, Ken Takahashi 2, Lance Broadway 7, Pedro Feliciano 4, Sean Green 1, Brian Stokes 3, Francisco Rodriguez 7
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF3110211 .272
Martin Prado, 3B5130012 .291
Garret Anderson, LF3010202 .275
    Reid Gorecki, PR0100000 .217
Brian McCann, C3111023 .281
    David Ross, PR0100000 .258
Yunel Escobar, SS3000113 .301
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000212 .277
Omar Infante, 2B4122002 .306
Ryan Church, RF5011022 .273
Derek Lowe, P0000000 .188
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .143
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
   b- Kelly Johnson, PH1000000 .221
    Kenshin Kawakami, P0000000 .103
   c- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .268
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   d- Chipper Jones, PH1000010 .269
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
Totals3369479  
a-flied out for Lowe in the 4th
b-grounded out for Medlen in the 4th
c-flied out for Kawakami in the 6th
d-struck out for Acosta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado 2 (27, Parnell, Parnell), Garret Anderson (24, Rodriguez), Brian McCann (35, Parnell), Omar Infante (7, Parnell)
SF - Omar Infante (4)
SH - Brian McCann (2), Yunel Escobar (5)
RBI - Brian McCann (80), Omar Infante 2 (24), Ryan Church (40)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (11)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Kawakami-Escobar-LaRoche, Escobar-LaRoche
E - Brian McCann (11, Interference)
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe 2532220 4.53
Kris Medlen 2200000 4.53
Kenshin Kawakami 2511000 4.02
Peter Moylan 1100010 2.89
Mike Gonzalez 0.1111001 2.60
Manny Acosta 0.2200110 4.24
Eric O'Flaherty (W,2-1) 1000100 3.08
IBB - Beltran by Derek Lowe, Murphy by Manny Acosta
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 44-25, Kris Medlen 26-16, Kenshin Kawakami 34-23, Peter Moylan 14-10, Mike Gonzalez 7-4, Manny Acosta 15-8, Eric O'Flaherty 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 3-1, Kris Medlen 3-3, Kenshin Kawakami 2-3, Peter Moylan 1-1, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 14, Kris Medlen 8, Kenshin Kawakami 10, Peter Moylan 4, Mike Gonzalez 2, Manny Acosta 5, Eric O'Flaherty 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17988
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Sam Holbrook