After a rain delay of 3 hours and 43 minutes for Monday's series opener with the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves faithful wanted to feel their wait was worth it. At 1:22 Tuesday morning, Freddie Freeman blasted a walk-off homer in a 2-1 win at Turner Field.
The Braves were two outs away from being shutout for the 10th time this season, and Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee had nearly completed his shutout. Instead, Gee got credit for the complete game loss as Freeman's homer landed four rows deep past the right field wall.
"I knew I hit it good enough," Freeman said on braves.com. "I didn't know if it was going to stay fair because it was an inside pitch, and I didn't know if I would be able to get my hands inside. But once I saw it get up to its highest peak, I knew it was gone."
After Jason Heyward grounded out to start the bottom of the ninth, Justin Upton came through with just the fourth Braves hit of the night. Freeman, who collected three of the Braves' five hits, blasted a 2-2 slider for his second game-winning hit in three games.
"The best two swings we took off [Gee] were the last two," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I don't even know who else got hits on him. I know we only had five hits, three going into the ninth. It was nice to see Justin get a base hit there, get himself on base and bring Freeman up to the plate with a chance to do what he did."
Freeman has just killed opposing pitchers over the last month. In his last 31 games, he's hit .369 with five homers.
The walk-off homer kept Tim Hudson from taking one of the hardest of luck losses possible. The only run he gave up over his seven innings game on an RBI-single from Gee, who entered with a .100 batting average. Hudson is still winless since May 5, but he has gone at least seven innings in his last four starts and has given up one earned run or less in three of those starts.
"I feel good about how I'm throwing the ball," Hudson said. "If I keep throwing it the way I'm throwing, the wins will come. I feel like our team has been playing pretty well. I just happened to be out there on the mound when the other pitcher is throwing a pretty good game."
In what should truly make things interesting, the Braves and Mets now have to turn around and play a doubleheader Tuesday starting at 1:10 p.m.
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