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Tejada's bat helps Mets slow Braves' playoff push

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ATLANTA -- The New York Mets were reeling when they arrived in Atlanta. They left with renewed confidence.

"We still show fight," pitcher Dillon Gee said after Sunday's 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves. "We care. It just shows that we pull together and try to pull through the rough patches."

Ruben Tejada had four RBI, Lucas Duda homered off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning and the New York Mets slowed the Atlanta Braves' wild-card bid with a walk-filled victory.

Atlanta, which began the day with a 4½-game lead over St. Louis in the NL wild-card standings, lost two of three to the Mets, who arrived with a six-game losing streak. New York went 6-4 at Atlanta this year, its first winning record at Turner Field since 2008.

New York showed the kind of tenacity that manager Terry Collins said was lacking during a 1-8 homestand that ended Thursday.

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"Even late in the season, where we're not really playing for anything, [the Braves] want to win over there," Gee said, "so we want to come in and play the best we can."

Tejada put the Mets ahead 4-1 with a three-run double in a four-run fourth. After pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino's bases-loaded walk in the eighth against Jonny Venters (6-2) tied it at 5, Tejada singled to put the Mets ahead for good.

Duda's homer was just the second this year off Kimbrel, the NL saves leader.

"Craig's one of the best," Duda said. "Luckily, I just connected and it went out of the park."

Tim Byrdak (2-0) won despite allowing a go-ahead single in the seventh to Freddie Freeman, who had been on an 0-for-15 slide. Manny Acosta got four outs for his second save in five chances.

"We gave up the go-ahead run, but this team has been battling back all year, and that's exactly what we did today," Byrdak said. "To get a win out of it is great, but our job in the bullpen is to pick each other up down there."

Venters walked three in the eighth for Atlanta, which walked nine overall. The teams combined for 17 walks.

"The last time I faced him, all the pitches I swung at were balls," Paulino said of Venters. "I decided to be more selective this time. I know he has a good sinker, and you have to have a specific zone to look for. I didn't he threw it where I was looking for it."

Venters, who leads the majors with 81 appearances, insisted he isn't bothered by fatigue.

"I just didn't throw the ball over the plate today," Venters said. "No excuses. I just couldn't throw strikes. It's September. It's time to dig down deep. I cost my team the win. Just go out tomorrow and try to get it done."

Chipper Jones' RBI double put the Braves ahead in the third, but Brandon Beachy walked Gee with the bases loaded in the fourth and Tejada followed with a three-run double.

Atlanta tied it in the bottom half on Alex Gonzalez's solo homer, Michael Bourn's run-scoring single and Dan Uggla's RBI groundout.

A rookie making his first career appearance against New York, Beachy allowed five runs, five hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings with eight strikeouts. Gee gave up four runs, eight hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings. His ERA has climbed to 4.48 from 3.05 on June 10.

Notes

  • RF Jason Heyward threw out Justin Turner at the plate when he tried to score on Tejada's go-ahead single.
  • New York CF Angel Pagan missed the game with a sore quadriceps.
  • Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to give Freeman the day off, but the rookie entered during a double switch in the fifth.
  • Atlanta RHP Tommy Hanson, sidelined with right shoulder tendinitis, will pitch two or three innings -- a maximum of 35 pitches -- Monday in the Instructional League.
  • Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens, out with a right knee strain, is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday in Miami before Atlanta plays the Marlins.
  • Atlanta RHP Kris Medlen, who's missed the season to recover from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, threw batting practice Sunday and is to throw off a mound Wednesday and Thursday in the Instructional League.
  • Mets LHP Tim Bydak agreed to a 2012 contract.
 
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Three of Ruben Tejada's four RBI come from a three-run double in the four-run fourth.   (Getty Images)
Three of Ruben Tejada's four RBI come from a three-run double in the four-run fourth. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

R. Tejada
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS4024100 .279
Jason Pridie, CF5000042 .219
David Wright, 3B5010011 .263
Lucas Duda, RF4121110 .292
Jason Bay, LF3210202 .246
Nick Evans, 1B4120011 .268
Josh Thole, C3000011 .263
   a- Jose Reyes, PH1100001 .331
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Justin Turner, 2B2100210 .266
Dillon Gee, P1101110 .111
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
   b- Willie Harris, PH1000000 .248
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   c- Ronny Paulino, PH-C0001100 .278
Totals33787810  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Thole in the 8th
b-grounded out for Herrera in the 6th
c-walked for Byrdak in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ruben Tejada (14, Beachy)
HR - Lucas Duda (10, Kimbrel)
RBI - Ruben Tejada 4 (32), Lucas Duda (49), Dillon Gee (4), Ronny Paulino (17)
2-OUT RBI - Ruben Tejada 4 (20), Lucas Duda (18), Dillon Gee (2), Ronny Paulino (6)
SB - Ruben Tejada (4, 2nd base off Beachy/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Turner-Wright-Evans
E - Jason Pridie (2, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 4.1844541 4.48
Danny Herrera 0.2000100 4.15
Miguel Batista 1.1211000 4.17
Tim Byrdak (W,2-0) 0.2100020 2.89
Bobby Parnell (H,10) 0.2000200 4.00
Manny Acosta (S,2) 1.1100100 3.61
IBB - Heyward by Dillon Gee, by McCann
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 93-48, Danny Herrera 16-9, Miguel Batista 17-11, Tim Byrdak 13-9, Bobby Parnell 18-6, Manny Acosta 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 4-5, Danny Herrera 1-1, Miguel Batista 3-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Manny Acosta 2-2
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 26, Danny Herrera 3, Miguel Batista 5, Tim Byrdak 3, Bobby Parnell 4, Manny Acosta 6
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF6221013 .299
Martin Prado, 1B-LF6010005 .262
Chipper Jones, 3B2011300 .285
    Jack Wilson, PR-3B0000000 .247
Dan Uggla, 2B4011112 .232
Brian McCann, C3000211 .275
Matt Diaz, LF3010015 .264
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .333
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .238
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH1000002 .232
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS5221010 .238
Jason Heyward, RF4130111 .225
Brandon Beachy, P1000002 .073
    Freddie Freeman, 1B1011200 .290
    Antoan Richardson, PR0000000 .500
Totals37512596  
a-grounded out for O'Flaherty in the 7th
b-flied out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (32, Gee), Alex Gonzalez (26, Batista)
HR - Alex Gonzalez (14, Gee)
SH - Brandon Beachy (6)
RBI - Michael Bourn (48), Chipper Jones (68), Dan Uggla (77), Alex Gonzalez (54), Freddie Freeman (73)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (30)
SB - Matt Diaz (5, 2nd base off Gee/Thole)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jason Heyward 1
DP - Jones-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 4.1544580 3.58
Cristhian Martinez 1.2000000 3.27
Eric O'Flaherty 1000000 1.04
Jonny Venters (BS,4; L,6-2) 1222310 1.71
Craig Kimbrel 1111011 1.81
IBB - Turner by Brandon Beachy
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 105-66, Cristhian Martinez 20-12, Eric O'Flaherty 11-7, Jonny Venters 22-7, Craig Kimbrel 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 3-2, Cristhian Martinez 4-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-2, Jonny Venters 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 23, Cristhian Martinez 4, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jonny Venters 7, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39862
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Ted Barrett