Monday night's game was scheduled to start at 7:10 PM EDT. Thanks to a three hour and 43 minute rain delay, first pitch wasn't until 10:53 PM EDT. After all of that waiting, Atlanta waited until the last minute, at 1:23 AM EDT, to finally score and end the game with one swing of Freddie Freeman's bat.
At just 88 pitches after eight innings and sporting a 1-0 lead against a Braves offense that hadn't provided much of a threat all night, the Mets elected to keep Dillon Gee in the game to go for the complete game shutout. After Jason Heyward grounded out for the first out, Justin Upton singled to left to bring up the hot-hitting Freeman. He launched the fifth pitch he saw into right field seats for a two-run homer, his seventh of the year, to walk things off for the Braves.
It was the third walk-off hit of the season for the 23-year old first baseman, which is good enough to lead all of Major League Baseball in that category. It was also Atlanta's 21st come-from-behind win of the year, which is tops in the National League and tied for second in all of baseball.
His blast to right field ruined a do it all effort by Gee. In addition to his pitching line of 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 6 K's, the Mets' right-hander drove in New York's only run of the game with a single to left field in the top of the seventh that plated John Buck to make it 1-0.
Tim Hudson was stellar again for Atlanta, scattering six hits and one run while walking three and striking out six in seven innings of work. Reliever David Carpenter pitched a scoreless top of the ninth and ended up earning the first win of his major league career.
Get some rest, as the Braves are back in action bright and early at 1:10 PM EDT in the first game of the doubleheader.
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