Braves Rally To Top Mets
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Hinske’s solo, tie-breaking home run off Francisco Rodriguez with one out in the ninth inning boosted Atlanta to a 6-3 win over the New York Mets.
Hinske came into the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning after center fielder Jordan Schafer was forced to leave after bunting a ball off his face.
Freddie Freeman added a two-run double to cap the ninth inning uprising, as the Braves topped the Mets for the 10th time in the last 12 meetings. Chipper Jones hit a solo homer in the victory.
After pinch-hitter Matt Young flied out to start the ninth, Hinske lifted a first pitch toward right-center field, although the ball carried toward right in the wind and went just over the glove of a leaping Carlos Beltran and into the first row of seats beyond the wall.
Martin Prado doubled, and Brian McCann was intentionally walked with two down before Freeman doubled off Rodriguez (1-2) to the left-center field gap to provide a three-run margin. Freeman was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play.
The Mets, who held a 3-1 lead going to the eighth inning, lost for the third time in four games. Jose Reyes committed a critical error in the eighth, which allowed the tying run to score.
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