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Braves fall in extra innings to Mets

POSTED: May 13, 2009 1:12 a.m.
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Atlanta Braves' Casey Kotchman follows through on an RBI single against the New York Mets on Tuesday in New York.

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NEW YORK Carlos Beltran drew a bases-loaded walk from Jeff Bennett with two outs in the 10th inning and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night for a rare comeback victory.

Beltran also scored the tying run in the ninth for the Mets, who have won eight of nine. They were down 3-0 in the eighth but fought back to improve to 1-11 this season when trailing after seven innings.

Jair Jurrjens took a four-hit shutout into the eighth for Atlanta before he and his bullpen faltered.

A two-run double to left-center by Jose Reyes cut it to 3-2, though he was easily thrown out at third when he tried to stretch the hit into a triple.

Beltran opened the ninth with a double off Mike Gonzalez and stole third on a close play with one out. Fernando Tatis was hit by an 0-2 pitch before pinch-hitter Luis Castillo tied it with a sacrifice fly.

It was the second blown save in seven chances for Gonzalez, who picked off Tatis for the third out.

Reyes reached on an infield single with two outs in the 10th and stole second. After an intentional walk to Alex Cora, pinch-hitter Ramon Castro walked on five pitches to load the bases.

Bennett (0-1) went to a full count on Beltran and his final delivery appeared a bit low, though the right-hander didn’t think so. He walked off the mound shaking his head and muttering into his glove.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) worked two scoreless innings for the win, the first time he has pitched more than one inning in a major league game since Aug. 17, 2007, with the Los Angeles Angels.

Rodriguez did go more than an inning during the World Baseball Classic this year.

Chipper Jones was back in Atlanta’s lineup after sitting out Monday night with a stiff and swollen right elbow. It was the first game at Citi Field for Jones, who hit .313 with 19 homers and 55 RBIs in 88 games at Shea Stadium, the Mets’ old ballpark.

One night after Atlanta’s Derek Lowe beat Johan Santana in a matchup of established aces, Jurrjens locked up with Mike Pelfrey in a pitching duel between youngsters.

Bad baserunning nearly cost the Mets, looking to generate offense without injured slugger Carlos Delgado the past two games. An aching right hip is expected to sideline him for at least a few days, and the team plans to decide by Friday whether to put him on the disabled list.

Casey Kotchman had an RBI single and rookie center fielder Jordan Schafer threw out a runner at the plate for the Braves, who were trying for their first four-game winning streak this season. Brian McCann had three hits, including an RBI double.

Atlanta is 5-2 on an eight-game road trip against NL East rivals.

Notes: A nearly naked man with Let’s Go Mets written on his back darted out of the right-field stands in the fifth inning, streaked toward second base and slid feet-first into the bag as the crowd of 39,408 howled. He was quickly corralled by security. ... Jeremy Reed made his second consecutive start in RF for the Mets in place of slumping Ryan Church.



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