Blevins come eleven. And Swarzak. And Dayton.
The three relievers could not hold a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 11th, as both Jerry Blevins and Anthony Swarzak contributed baserunners, and Dominic Smith ended it with a 3 run homer off Grant Dayton.
Smith’s heroics overshadowed the work of Adeiny Hechavarria, who will not stop trying to make Hech happen. Hechavarria’s 9th inning solo homer tied the game at 4, and his 11th inning solo homer gave the Braves a 5 – 4 lead. Hech also singled in Dansby Swanson in the 1st to give the Braves their first run.
The Mets countered with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st, 2 of them on a J.D. Davis homer. Rafael Ortega tied things up in the 4th with a 2 run homer of his own, but Joe Panik put the Mets back up with a solo homer in the 8th off Shane Greene.
After allowing the 3 first inning runs, Mike Soroka settled in to finish the next 4 scoreless. Darren O’Day, Luke Jackson, Sean Newcomb, Mark Melancon, and Josh Tomlin all tuned up for the playoffs with scoreless outings. Adam Duvall went back-to-back with Hech in the 11th to give the bullpen some Used-Everybody-Else-Already Utility, but apparently the value of that particular constant has yet to be divined.
St. Louis wins the NL Central; the Cardinals come to town Thursday, on TBS for the rest of us.