ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18: Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets celebrates with Nick Evans #6 after being driven in by Ruben Tejada #11 in the fourth inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
After a key win yesterday, the Braves left 15 runners on base and couldn't hold a late lead as they lost to New York 7-5.
Atlanta struck first in the bottom of the third inning, as Michael Bourn led off with a single to center field. Two batters later, Chipper Jones doubled to left center field, scoring Bourn and making it a 1-0 game early.
Brandon Beachy walked Lucas Duda with one out in the top of the fourth inning, and Duda advanced to third on a single from Nick Evans. Evans moved up to second on a groundout by Josh Thole. Fredi Gonzalez decided to intentionally walk Justin Turner to load the bases for Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee.
Beachy inexplicably ended up walking Gee, bringing in Duda to score and tying the game at one. Ruben Tejada followed with a bases clearning double, giving New York the lead at 4-1.
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The Braves battled back in the bottom of the inning. Alex Gonzalez led off with a home run to to left field to make it a 4-2 game. Jason Heyward followed with a single, and advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt from Beachy. Bourn singled to center, scoring Heyward to make it a 4-3 game in favor of New York.
A Martin Prado single and a walk to Chipper loaded the bases for Dan Uggla, who grounded out to first base, scoring Bourn. Bourn's run tied the game up at four. Atlanta couldn't scratch across any more runs in the inning though.
The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the seventh against Miguel Bautista. Alex Gonzalez kept up his hot hitting with a double, and scored on a single from Freddie Freeman to give Atlanta a 5-4 lead.
Jonny Venters came on to pitch the top of the eighth and struggled.The Mets loaded the bases with two outs for Ronny Paulino. Venters walked him, Atlanta's second bases loaded walk of the game, to bring in Bay and tie the game at five.
Tejada followed with a single to right field, scoring Reyes. Justin Turner tried to score as well but was gunned down by Jason Heyward at the plate to keep the Braves deficit at 6-5.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the top of the ninth, and gave up a rare home run to Duda to make it a 7-5 game.
The Braves got two runners on in the bottom of the ninth against Manny Acosta, but Martin Prado grounded out to second base to end the game.