The problem is that as well as the Braves have been playing, the teams they’re competing with are also playing well, so even winning two out of three, which is normally what you aim for, especially on the road, doesn’t seem like enough. Ben Sheets had a rough outing, and the Braves’ ninth inning comeback fell short.
The Braves got the first two on in the first, but couldn’t score. Sheets gave up two runs in the bottom of the inning on two singles and a double. Freddie Freeman cut the lead in half with a homer in the second, but the Mets got the run back in the second with an infield single and sacrifice followed by a standard single. Sheets gave up another run in the fourth and a homer leading off the sixth, and it went to 6-1 when Cristhian Martinez gave up a run in the eighth.
In the ninth, the Braves suddenly started drawing walks. Chipper Jones walked, and Freeman was hit by a pitch. Dan Uggla struck out and Brian McCann flew out, then Paul Janish walked to load the bases. A reliever came in and walked Juan Francisco to score a run, then Michael Bourn. Martin Prado doubled… but Bourn couldn’t score from first to tie the game. Then Jason Heyward, who had a bad game, struck out for the third time to end it.