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Carrasco's 10th-inning balk gives Braves win over Mets

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ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't even see the balk that gave Atlanta its latest extra-innings win.

Everyone else did.

With a runner on third and two outs in the 10th inning, Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco stopped and then restarted his motion with Jason Heyward at the plate, bringing home the winning run to give the Atlanta Braves a 9-8 win Thursday night.

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"The next thing I know Heyward's hands are in the air without a bat," Gonzalez said. "I said 'What's going on?"'

Heyward said he recognized the balk immediately.

"[Carrasco] went to set and then he tried to go back and get another sign ... without stepping off," Heyward said.

Even Carrasco couldn't argue the call by plate umpire James Hoye that scored Diory Hernandez from third.

"Yeah, as soon as he said it, it made sense," Carrasco said. "It's kind of like surreal."

Hernandez doubled with two outs in the 10th and took third after first baseman Lucas Duda mishandled Jordan Schafer's grounder. Hernandez scored the winning run on the balk as Gonzalez watched from the dugout.

It was all made possible by Brooks Conrad's homer off Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth. That came after the Mets took a two-run lead after coming back from a 6-2 deficit.

K-Rod hadn't blown a save since his first appearance for the Mets, who were trying to sweep a three-game series and go above .500 for the first time since April 6. Instead, the Braves got their 13th final at-bat victory of the season.

"For us to at least scratch one out of the series, it was a hard-fought win for us," Conrad said.

Chipper Jones had three hits, including a three-run homer, and matched his career high with five RBIs before leaving the game in the ninth with a strained adductor muscle in his right leg.

Gonzalez said Jones' status is day to day.

The Mets trailed 6-2 before Scott Hairston's tying, three-run homer off Scott Proctor in the fifth. New York took the lead off Jonny Venters in the seventh.

Venters gave up singles to Beltran and Jason Bay before walking Ronny Paulino to load the bases. Venters struck out Hairston on a wild pitch that skipped past catcher Brian McCann, allowing Beltran to score the go-ahead run.

Two Atlanta errors helped the Mets add to the lead off Venters in the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Angel Pagan reached on Jones' throwing error and scored from second on second baseman Dan Uggla's throwing error to first. Jones fielded Beltran's grounder and threw to Uggla at second to start a potential double play. Justin Turner's hard slide led to Uggla's wild throw to first, allowing Pagan to score.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey gave up six runs in four innings.

Jones hit a three-run homer off Dickey in the third. Heyward and Jones had run-scoring singles in the fourth to give Atlanta a 6-2 lead.

Braves rookie left-hander Mike Minor's control problems helped him blow the lead in the Mets' four-run fifth. Minor walked Turner and Beltran to open the inning before giving up Jason Bay's run-scoring single with one out before Proctor came on.

Minor gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Jose Reyes had three hits, giving him 101 for the season.

Notes

  • It was the first win on a balk since May 31, 2010, when Esmerling Vasquez of Arizona was called for one that gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 win.
  • Scott Linebrink (3-1) pitched the 10th inning for Atlanta.
  • Conrad's homer was his sixth as a pinch-hitter in his career, including his second of the season.
  • Braves RHP Tommy Hanson was scratched from Friday's scheduled start against Texas due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. RHP Randall Delgado will be recalled from Double-A Mississippi to make his major league debut.
  • Atlanta RHP Brandon Beachy gave up one run on four hits in five innings for Triple-A Gwinnett in his first of two scheduled rehab starts as he recovers from a strained left oblique.
 
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Atlanta's Diory Hernandez (left) scores the winning run after a balk is called on New York pitcher D.J. Carrasco. (Getty Images)
Atlanta's Diory Hernandez (left) scores the winning run after a balk is called on New York pitcher D.J. Carrasco. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
New York

S. Hairston
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS6130001 .348
Justin Turner, 3B3211301 .285
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Carlos Beltran, RF4220112 .285
Daniel Murphy, 1B-3B4001025 .293
Jason Bay, LF5121013 .220
Ronny Paulino, C4010113 .320
Scott Hairston, CF4123011 .271
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Pridie, PH1000010 .234
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Lucas Duda, 1B0000000 .139
Ruben Tejada, 2B5000024 .280
R.A. Dickey, P1000001 .043
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH1000010 .224
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Angel Pagan, CF2100000 .248
Totals408116510  
a-struck out for Isringhausen in the 9th
b-struck out for Acosta in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (21, Minor)
3B - Jose Reyes (12, Minor)
HR - Scott Hairston (3, Proctor)
SF - Daniel Murphy (1)
SH - R.A. Dickey (5)
RBI - Justin Turner (28), Daniel Murphy (22), Jason Bay (12), Scott Hairston 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston 3 (7)
SB - Jose Reyes (23, 2nd base off Minor/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Reyes-Duda
PB - Ronny Paulino (5)
E - Jose Reyes (9, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey 4664341 4.00
Manny Acosta 1000000 16.20
Pedro Beato 1100010 3.95
Tim Byrdak (H,4) 1.1200010 4.08
Jason Isringhausen (H,15) 0.2000010 3.09
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,2) 1322021 3.18
D.J. Carrasco (L,0-2) 0.2211100 5.27
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 90-54, Manny Acosta 8-7, Pedro Beato 10-7, Tim Byrdak 16-13, Jason Isringhausen 12-8, Francisco Rodriguez 18-13, D.J. Carrasco 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 4-5, Manny Acosta 2-1, Tim Byrdak 2-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-0, D.J. Carrasco 1-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 22, Manny Acosta 3, Pedro Beato 3, Tim Byrdak 6, Jason Isringhausen 2, Francisco Rodriguez 6, D.J. Carrasco 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF6350010 .256
Jason Heyward, RF4221100 .219
Chipper Jones, 3B4135000 .266
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH-2B1112000 .225
Brian McCann, C4010102 .295
Freddie Freeman, 1B5010024 .267
Dan Uggla, 2B5000015 .174
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Eric Hinske, LF3100200 .257
    Joe Mather, PR0000000 .222
Alex Gonzalez, SS5000032 .260
Mike Minor, P2000011 .250
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   b- Brandon Hicks, PH1000010 .053
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   c- Diory Hernandez, PH-3B2110000 .292
Totals42914849  
a-homered for Kimbrel in the 9th
b-struck out for Sherrill in the 6th
c-grounded out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
2B - Diory Hernandez (1, Carrasco)
HR - Chipper Jones (7, Dickey), Brooks Conrad (2, Rodriguez)
RBI - Jason Heyward (15), Chipper Jones 5 (40), Brooks Conrad 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (6), Chipper Jones (11)
CS - Jordan Schafer (3, 2nd base by Beato/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Chipper Jones (4, Throwing), Dan Uggla (5, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor 4.1755330 5.47
Scott Proctor 0.2111021 2.38
George Sherrill 1000010 2.37
Jonny Venters 2221220 0.63
Craig Kimbrel 1000020 3.18
Scott Linebrink (W,3-1) 1100000 4.00
IBB - Turner by Jonny Venters
WP - Jonny Venters (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 95-60, Scott Proctor 13-8, George Sherrill 12-7, Jonny Venters 31-15, Craig Kimbrel 12-8, Scott Linebrink 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 3-7, George Sherrill 1-1, Jonny Venters 4-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-0, Scott Linebrink 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 23, Scott Proctor 3, George Sherrill 3, Jonny Venters 11, Craig Kimbrel 3, Scott Linebrink 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26077
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Bill Miller