The New York Mets (68-90) defeated the Atlanta Braves (71-86) by a score of 4-3 at Citi Field Tuesday evening.
Rafael Montero took the mound for the Mets tonight and didn’t have his best stuff early but was able to settle down and turn in a quality start. All in all, Montero went six innings, allowing three runs while walking two and striking out three.
The Braves got to Montero early. In the top of the first inning, Nick Markakis was able to put Atlanta on the board by lacing a double on a line drive to right field that brought home Ender Inciarte to make the score 1-0.
In the top of the second inning, Jace Peterson hit a double on a line drive to right field to score Dansby Swanson and make the score 2-0. Three batters later, Ozzie Albies was able to single Peterson home and extend the lead to three.
Jeurys Familia came in for the Mets in the top of the ninth off back-to-back appearances and was able to pitch a scoreless inning and earn the win.
R.A. Dickey had the knuckleball working tonight. As Mets fans know all too well, when the knuckler is dancing, Dickey can be lethal. The righty completely shut the Mets offense down through six innings holding them to only two hits.
The Mets got to Dickey in the seventh, however. After Brandon Nimmo recorded his second hit of the game, Kevin Plawecki cracked a home run to left center field to cut the lead to one and make the score 3-2. Two batters later, Amed Rosario hit a triple to center field to keep the inning alive. Unfortunately, Travis Taijeron would leave him stranded as he struck out for his second time in the game.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on second and third, Asdrubal Cabrera was robbed of a double in the gap by a diving catch from Ender Inciarte. The play would still result in a runner coming home on the sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Plawecki got things started with a single to right field. Dominic Smith followed with a walk to put two runners on with nobody out. Two batters later, Taijeron walked off by smashing a hit over the left fielder to win the game.
Noah Syndergaard will pitch another inning either Saturday or Sunday.
AJ Ramos is day-to-day as he is dealing with right bicep tendinitis.
The Mets will play their fourth game of a four-game set with the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field tomorrow evening. The game has a start time of 7:10 p.m. Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.38 ERA), will look to get the Mets another win against Sean Newcomb (4-8, 4.26 ERA).