has been lightning in a bottle for the Mets thus far. And tonight, lightning struck again.
Murphy rescued the Mets' bullpen by snapping a tie in the eighth with a pinch-hit, two-run double and Reyes hit another leadoff homer as New York posted a 9-5 victory over the crashing Atlanta Braves on Friday.Jose Reyes
hit his second leadoff homer in two games for the Mets, who moved one-half game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East. The Phillies dropped a 14-8 decision to the Florida Marlins.
Rookie Nick Evans
homered and David Wright
snapped out of a 1-for-19 slump with an RBI double as the Mets posted their third straight win. It was a rare victory in Atlanta.
Turner Field has been less than hospitable to New York, as the Mets had lost a staggering 64 of 95 games at Atlanta's former Olympic Stadium entering Friday -- including six straight this season.
Luckily for the Mets, Murphy, who began the season in Class AA Binghamton, was oblivious to New York's dubious history in this ballpark.
Things started out great for the Mets, who quickly jumped out to their usual first inning lead.
Jose Reyes hit a solo shot to left in the top of the first to make it 1-0.
However, the Braves came back in the bottom of the second and made it 2-0 in a bizarre play that started on Wright's error and ended with Schneider throwing out Anderson at second as he was trying to advance.
In the top of the third, the Mets took their lead back. Reyes walked on four pitches, advancing to second on Castillo's ground-out. David Wright then doubled to score Reyes. Carlos Beltran
also doubled to score Wright. Then Carlos Delgado
singled to score Beltran. The Mets' lead was now 4-2.
In the bottom of the third, JoJo Reyes doubled to left, scoring after being advanced by Prado and brought home by Omar Infante's double. 4-3.
The team got the run back in a hurry in the fourth, as Nick Evans
hit his second career home run to make it 5-3.
The lead was cut to a single run again after Gotay walked, Prado singled, and Infante hit a sacrifice fly. The score was then 5-4.Oliver Perez
held them off for another inning to hold onto the one-run lead. Ollie gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. He hurled 109 pitches in the game.
With Nelson Figueroa
pitching in the seventh, Jose Reyes committed an error that allowed Brandon Jones to be safe at first. Prado then singled and Jones moved to third. On an error by Ryan Church
, Jones scored. Ricardo Rincon
and Pedro Feliciano
then combined to keep the game tied.
But New York was able to overcome a shaky seventh in which its bullpen blew yet another save opportunity, by sending nine men to the plate in a four-run eighth.
With the game stuck in a 5-5 tie, Carlos Delgado led off the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle off Atlanta reliever Julian Tavarez. Third baseman Martin Prado fielded pinch hitter Argenis Reyes' sacrifice bunt down the third-base line, but second baseman Kelly Johnson dropped Prado's throw.
Two batters later, Murphy smacked a double into the left-center field gap, scoring Delgado and Reyes to give the Mets a 7-5 lead. Jose Reyes knocked in Murphy with a two-out single and advanced to second on a base hit by Luis Castillo
Wright capped the frame with an RBI single for the final run. By the time the inning was over, the Mets lead 9-5.
Last night's notables:
Jose Reyes was 3-4 with two RBI's and three runs scored on a home run, double, a single, and a walk.
Carlos Delgado was 2-5 with two singles, a run scored, and an RBI.
Nick Evans was 1-2 in the game, smacking his second career home run and garnering a walk.
Daniel Murphy continues to prove himself to be a significant part of the Mets' future, breaking the game open with his double in the ninth.Ramon Castro
was 1-3 in his first start since returning from the DL.
Carlos Beltran was 1-5.
David Wright broke out of his 0-10 slump, going 2-5 in last night's game with a double and a single, with two RBI's and a run scored.
David's average rose to .294.