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Wright homers off Kimbrel, helping Mets beat Braves

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ATLANTA -- Marlon Byrd was hardly surprised to see David Wright crush a home run off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

"We expect it," Byrd said. "He's unbelievable how he comes through. It seems like every single day we jump on his back."

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Wright hit the tying home run in the ninth inning and the New York Mets scored twice in the 10th to rally for a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

The Mets, who have won two in a row after dropping six straight, scored four of their first five runs on homers -- including a solo shot by Byrd in the eighth -- before taking a two-run lead off Jordan Walden (1-1) in the 10th.

But it was Wright's fourth homer that stunned the crowd at Turner Field and helped hand the Braves a third straight loss and an 11th defeat in their last 16 games.

Even Wright seemed surprised that Kimbrel, who had converted 98 of 110 career save opportunities, left a fastball up in the strike zone.

"He's as dominant as anybody in the game," Wright said. "You've just got to hope he makes a minor mistake or really you don't have much of a chance."

Added Mets manager Terry Collins, "I'm not sure how many hits we've ever gotten off Kimbrel, let alone a home run."

In the 10th, pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin drew a two-out walk from Walden and stole second base when closer Bobby Parnell squared around to bunt while taking a strike on the first pitch he saw.

Collins then pulled Parnell and brought in pinch-hitter Mike Baxter in the middle of the at-bat.

After Walden hit Baxter with a pitch, Ruben Tejada followed with an RBI single to score Valdespin from second and make it 6-5.

Baxter, who advanced to third on Tejada's hit, scored on Daniel Murphy's RBI single off Luis Avilan for a 7-5 lead. Jeurys Familia earned his first save by retiring facing the minimum in the bottom half of the 10th.

Walden gave up two runs while getting just two outs.

Parnell (2-0) got two outs for the win.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor retired the last 18 batters he faced, but left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with the score tied 3-all.

Minor didn't receive a decision after Byrd's solo homer off Eric O'Flaherty in the eighth made it 4-4.

Byrd helped boost New York's confidence, too, especially against an Atlanta bullpen that led the majors with a 1.94 ERA and was tied for the best opponents' batting average at .208.

"When O'Flaherty came in," Collins said, "you were hoping you were going to scratch something out."

Minor allowed three hits and three runs with no walks and four strikeouts. He left for a pinch-hitter as Tyler Pastornicky bunted in the bottom of the seventh when the Braves took their first lead at 4-3.

Minor, who gave up a season-high six runs in his last start, an 8-3 loss last Sunday at Detroit, and the left-hander got off to rough start against New York.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on John Buck's 10th homer.

Lucas Duda made it 3-0 in the second with his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot to left-center, but then Minor settled down.

The Braves cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when B.J. Upton led off with a double and scored from second on Juan Francisco's RBI single.

Francisco left the game one out later when he suffered a mild right ankle sprain while leading off second and was caught stealing with Schafer attempting to bunt. Pena replaced Francisco at third base.

The Braves scored twice in the fifth to make it 3-all on Simmons' RBI single off Mets starter Shaun Marcum and Justin Upton's sacrifice fly RBI off reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

Marcum gave up six hits, three runs, three walks and struck out four in 4 1-3 innings.

In the seventh, Scott Atchison walked Pena, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Schafer drew his fourth walk, a career high, before Simmons drove in Pena to make it 4-3 with a fielder's choice RBI.

After Byrd made it 4-all, Atlanta took a 5-4 lead in the eighth when Evan Gattis hit Brandon Lyon's first pitch for a solo homer.

But it was Wright, a six-time All-Star and the fourth team captain in franchise history, who delivered the big blow that stirred the Mets' dugout.

"There's a reason why No. 5's a star," Collins said. "He comes up with big things at big times."

Notes

  • Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said C Brian McCann, who's on the disabled list following offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum, could be activated Monday or Tuesday at Cincinnati.
  • The Mets optioned CF Collin Cowgill and called up Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas before the game. Brown went 0 for 3 and started in right. Byrd started in center.
  • Since coming off the disabled list last Aug. 24 with Milwaukee, Marcum is 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA in 10 starts and one relief appearance.
 
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Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel gives up the tying run off of David Wright's homer in the top of the 9th inning. (Getty Images)
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel gives up the tying run off of David Wright's homer in the top of the 9th inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Tejada
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

R. Pena
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5121000 .255
Daniel Murphy, 2B5011011 .291
    Jeurys Familia, P0000000 .000
David Wright, 3B5111013 .302
John Buck, C4112020 .263
Justin Turner, 1B3000000 .341
   a- Ike Davis, PH-1B1000010 .167
Lucas Duda, LF4111010 .250
Marlon Byrd, CF4111000 .244
Andrew Brown, RF3000010 .000
   b- Jordany Valdespin, PH-2B0100100 .263
Shaun Marcum, P2000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   c- Juan Lagares, PH1000010 .067
    Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   d- Mike Baxter, PH-RF0100000 .200
Totals3777718  
a-struck out for Turner in the 9th
b-walked for Brown in the 10th
c-struck out for Atchison in the 8th
d-hit by pitch for Parnell in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ruben Tejada (8, Minor)
HR - David Wright (4, Kimbrel), John Buck (10, Minor), Lucas Duda (6, Minor), Marlon Byrd (2, O'Flaherty)
RBI - Ruben Tejada (9), Daniel Murphy (14), David Wright (21), John Buck 2 (29), Lucas Duda (9), Marlon Byrd (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ruben Tejada (5), Daniel Murphy (6), John Buck 2 (5)
SB - Jordany Valdespin (4, 2nd base off Walden/Gattis)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Tejada-Turner, Tejada-Turner, Wright-Murphy-Turner
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum 4.1633340 7.20
LaTroy Hawkins 1.2100020 2.77
Scott Atchison 1011200 3.95
Scott Rice 0.1000000 1.80
Brandon Lyon 1311001 4.76
Bobby Parnell (W,2-0) 0.2000100 1.38
Jeurys Familia (S,1) 1000010 2.45
WP - Scott Atchison (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 87-57, LaTroy Hawkins 13-10, Scott Atchison 17-9, Brandon Lyon 10-8, Bobby Parnell 10-6, Jeurys Familia 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 5-2, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Scott Atchison 2-1, Brandon Lyon 2-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Jeurys Familia 1-1
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 20, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Scott Atchison 5, Scott Rice 1, Brandon Lyon 5, Bobby Parnell 3, Jeurys Familia 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, RF1000401 .257
Andrelton Simmons, SS4012102 .224
Justin Upton, LF4001013 .276
Freddie Freeman, 1B5010012 .288
Evan Gattis, C5111031 .250
Dan Uggla, 2B5020021 .179
B.J. Upton, CF4120002 .149
Juan Francisco, 3B1011000 .294
    Ramiro Pena, 3B2220100 .300
Mike Minor, P1100002 .000
   a- Tyler Pastornicky, PH0000000 .143
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   b- Reed Johnson, PH0000000 .219
    Jordan Walden, P0000000 .000
    Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
Totals32510567  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Minor in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Kimbrel in the 9th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (4, Marcum), Ramiro Pena (3, Lyon)
HR - Evan Gattis (7, Lyon)
SF - Justin Upton (2)
SH - Mike Minor (3), Tyler Pastornicky (2), Reed Johnson (1)
RBI - Andrelton Simmons 2 (11), Justin Upton (20), Evan Gattis (17), Juan Francisco (12)
CS - Juan Francisco (1, 3rd base by Marcum/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor 7333042 3.26
Eric O'Flaherty (BS,1) 1111011 2.13
Craig Kimbrel (BS,2) 1111031 2.31
Jordan Walden (L,1-1) 0.2122100 2.92
Luis Avilan0100000 2.70
Cory Gearrin 0.1000000 1.32
HBP - Baxter (by Jordan Walden)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 85-59, Eric O'Flaherty 15-11, Craig Kimbrel 17-12, Jordan Walden 29-17, Luis Avilan 4-4, Cory Gearrin 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 5-12, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 24, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Craig Kimbrel 4, Jordan Walden 5, Luis Avilan 1, Cory Gearrin 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30871
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Doug Eddings