GAME 3 RECAP: Braves Squeeze-By Mets in Extras; Mets Lose 9-8


If the Mets didn’t win the first two games of the series, this loss would have been particularly tough to take. Regardless, the Mets were on the verge of sweeping the Braves on a gallant comeback, but Francisco Rodriguez coughed-up the lead, which sent the game into extra innings. Despite scoring eight runs in the regulars, the Mets offense couldn’t handle Craig Kimbrel or Scott Linebrink in the tenth and eleventh, respectively. Things then took a turn for the worse when reliever D.J. Carrasco balked-in the winning run. And so it goes.

METS GAME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • R.A. Dickey only lasted four innings against the Braves, despite averaging eight inning per start over his last three. The knuckleballer surrendered six hits, four earned-runs, three walks, while striking-out four batters. Dickey made one big mistake, which resulted in a three-run shot by–you guessed it–Chipper Jones.
  • Manny Acosta, Pedro Beato, Tim Byrdak, and Jason Isringhausen combined for four scoreless relief innings.
  • Francisco Rodriguez blew his second save of the season, giving-up three hits and two earned-runs. D.J. Carrasco took over, and balked-in the winning run.
  • Jose Reyes went 3-6 with his twelve triple and twenty-third stolen base.
  • Carlos Beltran collected his twenty-first double. He also singled and drew a walk.
  • Jason Bay has his second straight multi-hit game, and also chipped-in a RBI and run-scored. Bay has posted a .316/.333/.316 line in his past five games.
  • Scott Hairston smacked a pivotal three-run homerun in the fifth inning, giving the Mets the “then” lead.

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