Mets Steal Win from Braves (with Assist from Greg Gibson)

James HulkaAnalyst IMay 13, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 12:  Jair Jurrjens #49 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch against the New York Mets at Citi Field May 12, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It's unfortunate when a game that was as well-pitched and well-played from both sides for eight and one-half innings gets ruined by a blown call. This was especially true for the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night, as they lost to the Mets at Citi Field 4-3 in 10 innings.

Both starters pitched brilliantly. Jair Jurrjens lost his shutout in the eighth inning on a Jose Reyes two-run double that scored Jeremy Reed and Ryan Church to close the gap to 3-2.

The Braves put across single runs in the fourth on a Casey Kotchman RBI single and in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Garret Anderson off Mets' starter Mike Pelfrey. They added one more in the eighth, when Brian McCann hit an RBI ground rule double off reliever J. J. Putz.

After Carlos Beltran doubled off Braves closer Mike Gonzalez in the ninth, David Wright fouled out bringing Fernando Tatis to the plate.

Beltran took off for third as McCann's throw was perfect. Third base umpire Greg Gibson called Beltran safe, saying his hand got in before the tag. Replays showed McCann's throw not only beat Beltran, but Chipper Jones barely had to move his glove to tag Beltran just before his hand touched the bag.

But, Gibson was in the wrong position to make the call, and blew it.

After Tatis leaned into a pitch, Castillo flied out to left with what should have been the final out of a 3-2 Braves win. Instead, Beltran scored to tie the game at three with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

After the Braves stranded two in the top of the 10th, Beltran walked with the bases loaded on a full count in the bottom of the 10th on a borderline strike, to give the Mets a gift win they didn't deserve, 4-3.

The Braves will try to get the series win and finish 6-2 on their eight-game road trip through the NL East as Jo-Jo Reyes faces Jon Niese in Wednesday afternoon's series finale.


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