By ADRY TORRES, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Travis Taijeron singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the New York Mets rallied late to beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Tuesday night.
New York was stymied by R.A. Dickey much of the night and trailed 3-0 in the seventh before Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer off the 42-year-old knuckleballer. Asdrubal Cabrera tied it with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
A.J. Minter (0-1) allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Plawecki, who was replaced by pinch-runner Juan Lagares. Dominic Smith walked but Minter struck out Amed Rosario, who failed to bunt the runners over.
Taijeron, who struck out his previous two times up, hit a line drive over the head of left fielder Jace Peterson to win it.
Jeurys Familia (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Dickey, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Mets in 2012, dominated his former team over the first six innings.
He retired 13 straight before allowing a single to Brandon Nimmo in the seventh. Plawecki followed with his homer to left field.
Nori Aoki walked with one out in the eighth and a throwing error by third baseman Johan Camargo left runners at second and third. Cabrera’s sacrifice fly off reliever Sam Freeman was caught in left-center by a diving Ender Inciarte, preventing the go-ahead run from scoring.
Inciarte extended his career-high total to 200 hits when he doubled in the first inning and scored on Nick Markakis’ double. He became the first Braves player to reach the milestone since Marquis Grissom in 1996.
Atlanta added two more runs off starter Rafael Montero in the second on an RBI double by Peterson and a two-out single by Ozzie Albies.
ONE MORE WILL DO IT
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is expected to pitch once more this weekend before the regular season concludes. The 25-year-old ace started and threw five pitches in a scoreless inning Saturday against Washington, his first appearance since April 30. Syndergaard, who has recovered from a torn right lat muscle, will throw a bullpen Thursday with the chance to pitch at Philadelphia on Saturday or Sunday.
Mets: RHP A.J. Ramos met with doctors Monday and was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right biceps. The reliever, who is 0-0 with seven saves and a 5.00 ERA in 20 games since being acquired July 28 from Miami, was scheduled to throw before Tuesday night’s game. He is day to day. . LHP Tommy Milone (left elbow) had an MRI after feeling discomfort. He was not available and will be examined again Thursday.
Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (3-8, 4.32 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday night.
Mets: Rookie RHP Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.38) gets the ball in New York’s last home game of the season.