Braves rally past Familia, Mets for 4-3 win
ATLANTA (AP) —
A pair of perfectly placed ground balls helped the Atlanta Braves pull off an unexpected win over the New York Mets.
Johan Camargo tripled home the tying run, then scored on Ender Inciarte’s bunt single as the Atlanta Braves scored twice in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to beat New York 4-3 Saturday night.
It a took a rare game-tying triple in the ninth inning by Johan Camargo and a better walk-off bunt by Ender Inciarte off New York closer Jeurys Famila, who entered the game unscored upon and tied for the major league lead with eight saves.
A crowd of 41,396 that was the largest of the season at SunTrust Stadium saw starters Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran each pitch seven scoreless innings.
After they left, the bullpens wilted.
Familia (1-1) issued a leadoff walk to Dansby Swanson and Camargo followed with a grounder right of second base that rocketed past diving second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and snaked between outfielders Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce to right-center field the wall. That tied the game.
Camargo held when pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki singled off the glove of Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, and after Familia struck out pinch hitter Charlie Culberson, Inciarte went to plate planning to swing away.
“I was going to swing the bat ... ” Inciarte said. “Once I walked into the box and I saw Camargo at third, I always tell the runners be ready, I might bunt at any time.”
Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was at medium depth, and after Inciarte punched the ball at him with too much speed for Familia to field, the throw to the plate was too late to get the sliding Camargo.
“We had an idea he might do that. That’s a really tough play to defend,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway. “You just have to hope he pops it up or something.”
Each starting pitcher allowed just four hits. DeGrom struck out 10 and Teheran fanned six.
Atlanta lefty Sam Freeman replaced Teheran to start the eighth and Wilmer Flores, pinch-hitting for deGrom, drew a walk. Jose Reyes followed with his third hit, a perfect bunt.
Conforto followed with a grounder to third base and Camargo threw to second, where Ozzie Albies tried to turn a double play. But Albies dropped the ball and, a video replay reversed the call and ruled all runners safe.
With the bases loaded, Atlanta righty Shane Carle came on to face the right-handed Yoenis Cespedes, who flied out before Cabrera hit a two-run single. Jay Bruce added an RBI single.
Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double off Jerry Blevins in the bottom of the eighth.
Jesse Biddle (1-0) went one inning for the win in his debut.
“This is a good win for our club, to beat this team like that,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker. “It’s got to give our club confidence.