Heavy rain forced the suspension of the series opener between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets after a wild eighth inning that saw the Braves take the lead, only to give it right back. As it stands, the clubs are tied 5-5 going in to the ninth at Citi Field.
A pinch-hitting Evan Gattis put the Braves in the lead with a two-run single in the top of the eighth. Instead of that being his third game-winning hit in six games, Anthony Varvaro gave up the lead in a nightmare bottom of the inning.
Struggling with the heavy rain, Varvaro walked John Buck to start the frame. Ruben Tejada moved Buck to second on a single two batters later. Daniel Murphy and his two-out single skipped on the grass, causing an error by B.J. Upton that allowed Buck to score and Tejada to move to third. Tejada tied the game on a wild pitch that Brian McCann should have handled.
As soon as Varvaro ended the inning by striking out Rick Ankiel, the umpires called for the tarp and the game was suspended.
Prior to the suspension, the Braves had two-run homer by Freddie Freeman off Jeremy Hefner, and Dan Uggla went yard on to tie the game off Latroy Hawkins.
Uggla's homer ended any chance of Kris Medlen, who allowed three runs over six innings, to take a loss. He has hit four homers in his last 44 at-bats.
Gattis is now 5-for-7 with three home runs and eight RBIs as a pinch-hitter.
Play will resume Saturday at 6:10 p.m.
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