In the opening of their three-game set in Queens, the Mets held on to defeat the Braves by a score of 3-2.
Aug 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherDillon Gee
(35) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dillon Gee took the mound for New York and was effective in his 6.2 innings of work. He departed the night having surrendered just two runs on six hits and two walks.
Opposing pitcher Alex Wood was solid, as well, throwing seven innings of three-run ball.
Juan Lagares then launched a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-1 Mets.
In the seventh, Upton singled and Chris Johnson walked. Then, after getting a crucial double-play, Tommy La Stella hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2 and chase Gee out of the game. Jeurys Familia then came in for relief, getting Andrelton Simmons to groundout to end the inning.
Emilio Bonifacio hit a two-out single off Familia in the eighth and quickly stole second to put the tying run in scoring position. With Freeman at the plate — who has excellent numbers against the Mets — Familia induced a flyout to maintain the Mets’ lead.
On in the ninth to close it for the Mets, Jenrry Mejia allowed a leadoff single to B.J. Upton. However, it was quickly erased when Johnson — swinging at the first pitch — hit a double play, turned beautifully by Eric Campbell and Wilmer Flores. A strikeout to Evan Gattis sealed the 3-2 win and gave Mejia his 19th save of the season.
Gee won his first game since the All-Star Break.
With his homer tonight, Lagares snapped a 227 at-bat homerless streak dating back to May 17. He now has two home runs in the last three games.