The Atlanta Braves offense finally gave Kris Medlen some run support, but the most memorable play of the night involved a boneheaded error by Medlen that could have cost the Braves the game. Regardless, they still beat the New York Mets 5-3 Wednesday at Turner Field.
Chris Johnson and his three-run homer – his first since May 13 – and B.J. Upton with his first hit with runners in scoring position with two outs all year helped erase Medlen's error that led to three Mets runs.
Medlen did pick up his fourth win, but with no outs and two on in the top of the fifth, John Buck hit a one-hop comebacker to Medlen, who threw to third in a triple play attempt as opposed to going to second for a double play. The ball ended up in left field to allow Marlon Byrd and Lucas Duda to score Kirk Nieuwenheis then tied the game with an RBI-single.
"As the ball hit my glove, it like clicked in my head 'Triple play,' because it was hit so hard and right to me," Medlen said on braves.com. "[Johnson] was at the [third-base] bag. I babied the throw. It was like yippage. If I made the throw, who knows what would have happened? You just got to take the outs. Just throw it to second base and let the infielders do their thing. Don't let the pitchers touch the ball."
Those three runs, and only one earned, were the only damage Medlen incurred, but he nearly cost himself the game with one stupid play.
"Can I apologize to any coach I've had in my entire life?" Medlen said. "I haven't even got text messages from the coach who always texts me after games, because he's probably so pissed. It was like I blacked out; I woke up and the ball was in left field. I was like, 'Oh my God.'"
But if it weren't for Johnson's three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth off Shaun Marcum, the Mets would have had the lead. It was his first since May 13 and provided for the first pitches to be thrown during which the Braves had the lead all series.
Jordan Schafer started the bottom of the fifth with a double, and Andrelton Simmons moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt. Schafer was able to get an enormous lead off third with the Mets putting a shift on Brian McCann. That allowed him to score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch that barely got 10 feet from Buck.
"He's a heads-up player, and good for him," Gonzalez said. "You need to be heads-up, but you need to have some speed. If I was 30 feet from him, I wouldn't be able to score."
Two batters later Upton recorded an RBI-double, his first hit of the year with runners in scoring position and two outs. His batting average has risen to a season-high .173.
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