Kris Medlen pitched seven strong innings and Chris Johnson blasted a 3-run homer, as the Braves evened up an odd 5-game series, with a 5-3 victory over the Mets. The 5th and final game of this series will turn out to be the rubber match, after the Braves victory on Wednesday night.
It was not until the 4th inning, when the Braves got the scoring started. B.J Upton was on 2nd, and Dan Uggla on 1st, when Chris Johnson belted his 4th home run of the season off of Mets starter, Shaun Marcum.
The Braves would not hold the lead long, as the Mets answered with 3 runs of their own in the next half inning. Marlon Byrd singled to start off the inning. The next batter, Lucas Duda, was HBP by Braves starter, Kris Medlen. John Buck, the Mets catcher, sent a grounder right back to Medlen at the mound in the next at bat. Medlen made a bad throw trying to get Marlon Byrd at 3rd base. The error allowed for both Byrd and Duda to score. Buck moved to 2nd. Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to right to score Buck from 2nd. Buck’s run tied the ballgame up at 3-3.
The Braves grabbed the lead back in their portion of the 5th. Jordan Schafer was able to get a lead halfway down the 3rd base line when the Mets put on a huge shift with Brian McCann at the dish. Schafer’s huge lead allowed him to score when a ball got by Mets catcher, John Buck.
Freddie Freeman, who reached on a walk, was able to move to 2nd on the passed ball by Buck. Freeman was able to score on a double to deep center by B.J. Upton. Upton’s double chased Mets starter Shaun Marcum from the game. Marcum (4.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K’s) is now 0-9 on the season, with a 5.78 ERA.
The Braves led 5-3 after 5 innings
The Mets bullpen did a great job shutting down the Braves offense after the 5th inning. It did not matter though, as the Braves bullpen would shut down the Mets as well.
I believe every Braves fan is hoping that this is when B.J. Upton finally breaks out. He was 2-3 at the plate on Wednesday.
The Braves improved their record to 43-30 and keep their lead in the NL East at 7 games.
Mike Minor looks to continue his strong 1st half of 2013 as he takes the ball in the rubber match tomorrow night.