Thursday night the Mets closed out their series with the Atlanta Braves. Jenrry Mejia made his second start of the season for the Mets while the Braves sent out David Hale to the mound. With timely hitting and a strong effort by the bullpen, the Mets edged the Braves 6-4 for the series win in the rubber match.
Eric Young, Jr. stole the show early when he led off with a single and followed with a steal of second base. Ryan Doumit‘s throw went into the outfield and allowed Young to move over to third. Daniel Murphy followed with a chopper to first that drove in Young for the first run of the game.
Mejia escaped the first without giving up a run, but did not have the same fortune in the second inning when Justin Upton led off with a home run to right field, knotting things up a one apiece.
Young had his second plate appearance in the third inning, and was able to bunt his way on for a single. He then followed with another steal, his second of the game. Murphy worked out a walk and then David Wright drove a pitch to right field to bring in the Mets second run of the day. After a Curtis Granderson punch out, Ike Davis grounded out, but it allowed Murphy to come home for the third run of the day.
It was not long before the Braves came back, however, and with one out in the bottom half of the third, B.J. Upton‘s fly ball to right was misplayed into a tripe by Curtis Granderson. The new Met killer, Freddie Freeman, came through with a single up the middle to cut the Met lead to 3-2. With two outs in the frame, Justin Upton came up again and hit a 450 ft-plus towering shot to left field, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead.
But in this back-and-forth contest, the Mets came back in the fifth, again with Young in the middle of things. He scorched a deep fly ball to center that B.J. Upton that could not handle, which allowed Young to fly into third with a triple. Up a run, the Braves got aggressive and decided to play the infield in. The move did not pay off, and Murphy lined a hit into left to tie things at four.
The Mets kept the inning going and had a bases-loaded opportunity with one out. However, Juan Lagares struck out on three pitches and Travis d’Arnaud followed with a fielder’s choice, and the inning ended with the Mets just scoring the one run.
Two innings later, it was the Mets who regained the lead. With runners at the corners and two outs, Lagares came through this time with a single to right to drive in Murphy for the 5-4 advantage. D’Arnaud could not follow up though, and his pop out to first ended the threat.
After Carlos Torres pitched two scoreless innings in relief, the Mets added a sixth run in the eighth when Murphy scorched his third hit of the game all the way to the way in right field, easily scoring Young from second.
Kyle Farnsworth came on for the eighth inning and retired the Braves in order to set the Mets up with a 6-4 lead headed to the ninth.
The Mets could not get anything going in their half of the ninth, so it was up to Jose Valverde to close out the Braves with a two-run lead. Valverde did not make things interesting as he did on Tuesday, and he retired the Braves in order, including a game-ending strikeout of Jason Heyward. With the win, the Mets have won their first road series of 2014.