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Granderson hits sac fly in 14th to help Mets down Braves

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NEW YORK -- It took all afternoon before Curtis Granderson finally generated some goodwill at Citi Field.

The slumping Mets newcomer hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and New York outlasted the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep.

''It felt really good,'' Granderson said. ''Any way to help the team win a big game.''

David Wright had four hits and New York took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta, which had won seven of eight.

Granderson went 0 for 6 with an error and was booed all afternoon. But he turned those jeers to cheers at the end of a long day.

''Can't help but not hear them. I haven't given them anything to cheer about,'' he said.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a leadoff walk from Gus Schlosser (0-1) and advanced on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice bunt. Eric Young Jr. was intentionally walked to bring up Granderson, hitless in his last 16 at-bats and stuck in a 4-for-44 slide that's dropped his average to .127.

''I'd rather have chose to pitch to myself as well,'' Granderson said, well aware of his early struggles. ''I've seen it before on the outside looking in, but I've never had to deal with it myself to start a season.''

The runners moved up on a wild pitch and Granderson lifted the next delivery into medium left field. Nieuwenhuis slid home ahead of Justin Upton's throw, and the Mets mobbed Granderson near first base.

''Terrible pitch. Elevated. That's what he's trying to do right there and I let him do it,'' Schlosser said.

New York manager Terry Collins moved Granderson from cleanup to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, hoping to get him started. Granderson, who even tried an unsuccessful drag bunt Sunday, signed a $60 million, four-year contract in December after an injury-plagued season across town with the Yankees.

''I'm really happy for him,'' Collins said. ''Something he can build on, move forward, and get it going.''

Jose Valverde (1-0) worked a scoreless inning, hours after he was demoted from his closer role in favor of Kyle Farnsworth.

As late-afternoon shadows crept toward the mound, neither team could muster much offense in extra innings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out five in three hitless innings for the Mets. Called up from the minors last week, Matsuzaka was pitching on consecutive days for the first time in the majors. He made his second career relief appearance in his season debut Saturday night.

''I told him that I could go. When it went into extra innings, I knew I'd have to pitch some,'' Matsuzaka said through a translator. ''This is my role for the time being, so I'll do my best.''

Scott Rice kept it tied in the seventh by getting New York nemesis Freddie Freeman to ground into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler tossed six innings against his hometown team before he was pulled for a pinch hitter in a game that lasted 4 hours, 37 minutes.

''You play that long you want to win, obviously. So yeah, that's rough, but it's part of it,'' Upton said. ''Something had to give and it gave their way. Nothing you can do about it.''

Braves rookie David Hale wriggled out of bases-loaded jams in the second and sixth - both after errors by second baseman Dan Uggla. Hale was making his second straight start against the Mets and pitching for the first time in 10 days because his scheduled outing Tuesday in Philadelphia was rained out.

Wheeler helped himself with an early RBI grounder and took a 2-0 lead into the fifth. Then he issued a leadoff walk and the Braves surged ahead with consecutive one-out doubles by Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freeman.

New York tied it on an RBI grounder by Lucas Duda in the sixth, a double-play ball that could have ended the inning if Uggla hadn't botched it.

Young scored on Wright's first-inning groundout after Justin Upton muffed his slicing fly for a two-base error.

Notes

Schlosser pitched 3 2/3 innings and singled in his first major league at-bat, moments before the 14th-inning stretch. The souvenir was taken out of play. ... The Mets said OF Bobby Abreu is expected to join the team before Monday night's game against St. Louis. Abreu was hitting .395 with nine RBIs in 39 at-bats at Triple-A Las Vegas. ... RHP Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81 ERA) starts Monday night when the Mets begin a four-game series against NL champion St. Louis.

 
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Hitless in his last 16 at-bats and stuck in a 4-for-44 slump, Curtis Granderson delivers a walk-off, game-winning sac fly. (USATSI)
Hitless in his last 16 at-bats and stuck in a 4-for-44 slump, Curtis Granderson delivers a walk-off, game-winning sac fly. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF6130021 .171
B.J. Upton, CF6111033 .208
Freddie Freeman, 1B5011111 .397
Justin Upton, LF6010032 .319
Chris Johnson, 3B6010002 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B5010111 .234
Andrelton Simmons, SS6000012 .286
Gerald Laird, C1000300 .188
   Tyler Pastornicky, PR0000000 .200
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Varvaro, P0000000 .000
   a-Ramiro Pena, PH1000011 .235
   Gus Schlosser, P10100001.000
David Hale, P2100013 .000
   b-Jordan Schafer, PH1010000 .200
   Ian Thomas, P0000000 .000
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   c-Evan Gattis, PH-C3000013 .286
Totals493102514  
a-struck out for Varvaro in the 11th
b-singled for Hale in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Carpenter in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (2, Wheeler), B.J. Upton (2, Wheeler), Freddie Freeman (7, Wheeler)
3B - Justin Upton (1, Farnsworth)
RBI - B.J. Upton (2), Freddie Freeman (14)
CS - Jason Heyward (1, 2nd base by Wheeler/Recker)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Uggla-Freeman, Johnson-Uggla-Freeman-Uggla-Simmons-Freeman
E - Dan Uggla 2 (5, Misplayed grounder), Justin Upton (2, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Hale 6632250 2.93
Ian Thomas 1100000 1.69
David Carpenter 1000020 5.63
Luis Avilan 1100010 9.00
Anthony Varvaro 1100020 2.08
Gus Schlosser (L,0-1) 3.2011210 5.59
IBB - Young by Gus Schlosser
WP - Gus Schlosser (2)
HBP - Duda (by Gus Schlosser)
Pitches-Strikes - David Hale 103-61, Ian Thomas 11-7, David Carpenter 10-8, Luis Avilan 17-11, Anthony Varvaro 18-13, Gus Schlosser 46-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Hale 6-8, Ian Thomas 2-1, David Carpenter 1-0, Luis Avilan 2-0, Gus Schlosser 6-4
Batters Faced - David Hale 27, Ian Thomas 4, David Carpenter 3, Luis Avilan 4, Anthony Varvaro 4, Gus Schlosser 14
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF6100114 .215
Curtis Granderson, RF6001015 .127
David Wright, 3B6141000 .316
Daniel Murphy, 2B6010013 .292
Chris Young, CF5000033 .214
   Daisuke Matsuzaka, P0000000 .000
   a-Travis d'Arnaud, PH-C1000000 .167
Lucas Duda, 1B5121021 .269
Anthony Recker, C6010024 .250
   Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Omar Quintanilla, SS1000201 .286
   b-Andrew Brown, PH1000000 .185
   Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
   Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF1100100 .250
Zack Wheeler, P2001000 .000
   c-Josh Satin, PH1000003 .154
   Gonzalez Germen, P0000000 .000
   Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Torres, P0000000 .000
   d-Ruben Tejada, PH-SS2010010 .196
Totals49494411  
a-grounded out for Matsuzaka in the 13th
b-grounded out for Quintanilla in the 9th
c-fouled out for Wheeler in the 6th
d-singled for Torres in the 9th
Batting
SF - Curtis Granderson (1)
SH - Ruben Tejada (1)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (5), David Wright (11), Lucas Duda (9), Zack Wheeler (1)
SB - Lucas Duda (1, 2nd base off Schlosser/Gattis)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Quintanilla-Duda, Murphy-Quintanilla-Duda-Tejada-Murphy-Duda
E - Curtis Granderson (1, Throwing(Ground rule.))
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Wheeler 6633360 4.63
Gonzalez Germen 0.1200000 3.97
Scott Rice 0.2000000 9.00
Carlos Torres 2000120 1.54
Kyle Farnsworth 1100010 1.08
Daisuke Matsuzaka 3000150 2.25
Jose Valverde (W,1-0) 1100000 4.82
IBB - Laird by Zack Wheeler
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Wheeler 88-56, Gonzalez Germen 15-9, Scott Rice 1-1, Carlos Torres 33-21, Kyle Farnsworth 14-10, Daisuke Matsuzaka 44-26, Jose Valverde 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Wheeler 5-6, Scott Rice 1-0, Carlos Torres 3-1, Daisuke Matsuzaka 1-3, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Wheeler 26, Gonzalez Germen 3, Scott Rice 1, Carlos Torres 7, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Daisuke Matsuzaka 10, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33131
Game Time - 4:37
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Pat Hoberg, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Eric Cooper