Mets Vs. Braves: New York Survives 9th Inning Rally To Win, 6-5

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Mets Vs. Braves Final Score: Jon Niese Goes 8 Innings As New York Wins, 6-5

The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves, 6-5, on Sunday night in Game 3 of the three-game series at Citi Field. Jon Niese pitched eight innings, and gave up six hits and two walks for one earned run while striking out six. The Mets built a comfortable 6-1 lead with Niese on the mound, but the bullpen nearly undid his hard work in the ninth.

Josh Edgin came in for Niese in the ninth inning and loaded the bases before being relieved by Frank Francisco with two outs. Francisco promptly walked in two runs to pad the Braves' tally. The Mets gave up four walks and a hit-by-pitch to start the inning, before Martin Prado hit a two-run double to pull Atlana within one run, 6-5.

Francisco was replaced by Jon Rauch who was mercifully able to strike out Jason Heyward swinging to end the game. Rauch earned his second save of the season.

Niese's lone blemish came in the second inning when Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run to right center to put the Braves on the board. The Mets had more than enough firepower to counter, however.

David Wright put the Mets on the board in the first inning with a double to right field to drive in Mike Baxter. Ike Davis scored Wright on the next at-bat with a single. Davis scored Wright a second time in the fifth, and both players went 2-for-4 at the plate on the night.

Ruben Tejada put the Mets up 3-1 with a single in the bottom of the second inning. A Jordany Valdespin solo home run in the sixth inning, his eighth of the season, made the score 5-1. Andres Torres capped the Mets' scoring, driving in Valdespin on an eighth inning single.

Braves starter Ben Sheets (4-2) gave up five runs, four earned, in six innings on the mound. He relinquished eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

The Mets will begin a three-game road series with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Chris Young (3-6, 4.87 ERA) and Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81) are the projected Game 1 starting pitchers.


Final - 8.12.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Atlanta Braves 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5
New York Mets 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 X 6

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Mets Vs. Braves: Sunday Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Mets attempt to avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Braves on Sunday at Citi Field, but nothing we've seen in this series so far indicates that's going to happen. Still, the Mets hope Jonathon Niese (8-6, 3.82 ERA) can help lead them to a victory, as he takes the mound on Sunday against an overachieving Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41 ERA) for the Braves.

Sheets is allowing one run or less in four of his last five starts, and the Mets have already been shut out once in this series. Take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information below:

Date/Time: Sunday, Aug. 12, 8:05 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Mets Vs. Braves Final Score: New York Blown Out By Atlanta, 9-3

Fresh off his return from the DL, starting pitcher Johan Santana looked nothing like the former Cy Young winner who threw a no hitter on June 1. Santana allowed eight runs in one and a third innings and the New York Mets were unable to recover from an early deficit, falling to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night by a final score of 9-3.

The Braves did most of their damage against Santana in the second inning, batting in seven runs. Starting pitcher Kris Medlen got the ball rolling with an RBI single, which was later followed up with RBIs from outfielders Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward, third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman Freddie Freeman.

The Mets put a run on the board in the bottom of the second courtesy of a single by center fielder Andres Torres that scored first baseman Ike Davis, but it hardly put a dent in Atlanta's large lead. New York was unable to muster any additional runs until the eighth inning, scoring twice and closing the gap to 9-3. But it was too little too late for the Mets, who dropped their second straight to the Braves in their series.

New York and Atlanta will face off again on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Mets Activate Johan Santana From DL, Designate Garrett Olson

Johan Santana was activated from the disabled list by the New York Mets on Saturday, the team announced via Twitter. In a corresponding move, New York designated lefty Garrett Olson for assignment. Santana has been on the DL since July 20 after suffering a right ankle sprain.

Santana will make the start for Game 2 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets are looking to let him go 90 pitches during the game. Manager Terry Collins said that Santana's fastball hit 90 miles per hour during a three-inning rehab stint in Brooklyn last Sunday.

Santana is 6-7 this season with a 3.98 ERA. The Mets are hoping he can help reverse the team's slide since the All-Star Break. New York enters Saturday's game having lost four of its last five games.

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Mets Vs. Braves Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets (54-59) look to rebound against the Atlanta Braves (65-47) in Game 2 of their three game series Saturday night (7:10 p.m. ET, SNY). Atlanta took Game 1 of the series with a 4-0 victory Friday night. Johan Santana (6-7 3.98 ERA) will start for the Mets, facing Kris Medlen (2-1 2.37 ERA) for the Braves.

Santana is returning to the team from the disabled list, having last pitched in the big leagues on July 20. He was 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA in the three starts immediately prior to going on the DL with a sprained right ankle, including a 6-1 loss to Atlanta that saw Santana give up six runs in five innings. The Mets will need to find some way to crack Atlanta's pitching; they had only three hits in Friday's loss and have been outscored 48-22 while losing their last six games against the Braves.


Current Series

Braves lead the series 1-0

Fri 08/10 WP: Paul Maholm (10 - 7)
LP: Matt Harvey (1 - 3)
0 - 4 loss

Atlanta Braves
@ New York Mets

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Kris Medlen vs Johan Santana

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Sun 08/12 8:00 PM EDT

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Mets-Braves Final Score: Matt Harvey Loses Citi Field Debut 4-0

Matt Harvey may have been summoned, almost out of desperation, from the minor leagues July 26 because the New York Mets had no better alternatives, but the reality is that in a season becoming increasingly lost, the youngster is gaining valuable experience.

In his first start at Citi Field, Harvey didn't come away with the win in a 4-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves, but he showed the plus makeup manager Terry Collins has lauded since before his promotion.

Right off the bat, the 23-year-old fell behind -- he walked Michael Bourn to leadoff the game, induced a groundout, then gave up a home run to Jason Heyward. Harvey was utilizing his power fastball, which regularly sat in the mid-90s, a bit more in the early going as opposed to using his offspeed stuff, but he had trouble locating it. He walked four in the first two innings but even his strikes were not commanded well. Constantly falling behind hitters, and with his pitch count rising, it looked as if it was going to be a short outing for the right-hander.

Credit to the youngster, however, for settling in after that point. He lasted for four more innings, gave up one more hit, walked one and struck out three. His secondary offerings got sharper as the game when on, but most importantly, he was able to command them in the strike zone. He has the power stuff to succeed, that's easy to see. What's most important is consistently locating. All told, in six innings and just one blemish, Harvey deserved better fate. Except the Mets couldn't solve soft-tossing lefty Paul Maholm, whom they had a .375 against at Citi Field They managed just three hits and struck out five times. It was a listless performance from their hitters.

Josh Edgin served up a two-run home run to Dan Uggla in the eighth inning for the rest of Atlanta's runs.

The loss drops the Mets' record to 54-59, and they'll send Johan Santana, who will make his first start since being placed on the disabled list on July 20, to the hill Saturday.

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