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Mets Balk Away Chance to Sweep Braves

by Photo of Andrew Lontos

Mets lose to Braves 9-8 after 10th inning balk.

It sounded too good to be true. And, well, it was. The New York Mets were three Fransisco Rodriguez outs away from sweeping the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field for the first time since 2007. The Mets came back from a four run deficit and had a two run lead heading into the ninth inning. Rodriguez came into the game looking for his 20th straight save, but Brooks Conrad's two-run home run snapped K-Rod's save streak at 19.

In the bottom of the tenth, Lucas Duda misplayed a ball he should have let Ruben Tejada field at second base, giving the Braves men on first and third with two outs and Jason Heyward at the plate. After throwing strike one, New York reliever D.J. Carrasco flinched while coming set, the home plate umpire called a balk, and the Braves won the game 9-8. It was an awful way to end the game, but the umpire made the correct call.

Jose Reyes' amazing season continued Thursday night. New York's stud shortstop went 3 for 6, hit his 12th triple, and added his 23rd steal. Chipper Jones continued to dominate the Mets, going 3 for 4, driving in 5 runs. Jones left the game late with an injury, but Brooks Conrad pinch hit in his spot in the tenth, and hit the game tying two-run home run.

R.A. Dickey only lasted 4 innings, giving up 6 runs (4 earned); Manny Acosta, Pedro Beato, Tim Byrdak, and Jason Isringhausen combined to pitch four shutout innings in relief. But Rodriguez couldn't finish the job, and the Mets will have to settle for two out of three in a place where they've had so much trouble over the years. Manager Terry Collins is staying positive.

Via Kevin Burkhardt and SNY:

"It doesn't sour it. We won the series here, we won the series in Milwaukee, we split in PIttsburgh, we had a good road trip, you know, we gotta take the positives and go home with them."

Overall, New York went 6-4 on their road trip, and will host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this weekend at Citi Field.

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