Dillon Gee has been so up and down this season, but he was at his best Monday night. He held the Braves hitless through six innings and worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh. But the Mets blew the game in the ninth, thanks in large part to a passed ball.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when Marlon Byrd led off with a triple and Ike Davis drove him in with a single to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
The Braves broke up the no-hit bid in the seventh when Freddie Freeman led off with a single up the middle. He stole second as Brian McCann struck out, and advanced to third on a single by Evan Gattis. Gee hit Dan Uggla to load the bases. Chris Johnson hit a grounder to third; David Wright threw home for the force out. Still with the bases loaded and now with two outs, Gee struck out pinch hitter Joey Terdoslavich to end the inning and keep the Braves off the board.
That was all for Dillon Gee. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits. He walked three and struck out three in his best start since beating the Yankees on May 30.
The Mets could not score an insurance run in the eighth, stranding Eric Young at third, who was there with one out after two stolen bases. It turned out to be a huge failure.
Bobby Parnell came on for the ninth inning to protect a 1-0 lead. McCann led off with a single. Gattis dropped a single in front of Marlon Byrd in right to put runners on first and second. Uggla hit a grounder to third — Wright stepped on the base for the first out. On the first pitch to Chris Johnson, Parnell threw a pitch that John Buck just flat-out missed. The runners advanced to second and third on the passed ball. With the infield in only at the corners, Chris Johnson hit a slow grounder to short. Quintanilla threw him out, but the tying run scored. Reed Johnson was the pinch hitter with two outs, and he hit a liner to left to drive in the tie-breaking run to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
Craig Kimbrel did what Parnell could not — close out the game for his team in the ninth, but it wasn’t easy. He struck out Davis, but then hit Buck with a pitch. Andrew Brown came in to pinch run. Pinch hitter Juan Lagares, fresh off being named the NL Player of the Week, struck out for the second out and it was up to Quintanilla. During the at bat Kimbrel threw a wild pitch (that should have been caught) and Brown advanced to second. The pitch put the count at 3-2. Quintanilla walked to put the potential winning run on first. Justin Turner, just off the disabled list, was the pinch hitter. He hit a fly to left-center. Jason Heyward raced over and dove, making a sensational catch at full extension to end the game.
Mets lose to a bad one, 2-1.