On a game played the night of Friday the 13th, the Braves and Mets saw their fair share of oddities at Turner Field. Ominous clouds cleared up just moments before first pitch, the power went out for about 15 minutes and the Mets walked a total of 11 batters.
OK -- so maybe that last bit isn't all that surprising. But in what was a truly entertaining game, the Braves came away with a big 7-5 win to open the second half of the season.
Jason Heyward singled home the first run of the game in the first inning. David Ross then drew a bases-loaded walk to move Atlanta up 2-0. Ross belted a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Bravos a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Mets rallied in the fourth for four runs, aided by a couple of bloops that somehow made their way into an area unoccupied by a defender. After loading up the bases with no one out, Cristhian Martinez replaced Tim Hudson and somehow got out of the jam without allowing a run to score.
Chipper Jones hit a deep homer to center field on a hanging curveball to give the Braves a 6-4 lead in the sixth, and then Dan Uggla singled home another run. The Mets cut the deficit to 7-5 in the top of the eighth with an RBI single from Andres Torres, but that's all they would muster against the Atlanta bullpen.
Craig Kimbrel came in the ninth and struck out three of the four batters he faced to secure his 26th save of the year.
The Braves and Mets will meet again on Saturday afternoon. It'll be Tommy Hanson against R.A. Dickey on the mound.
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