Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/4/13
The New York Mets overcame two late inning deficits to defeat the Atlanta Braves in ten innings on Friday Night, 7-5. Solo homers from Marlon Byrd and David Wright erased one-run deficits in the eighth and ninth inning respectively, and pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin sparked a two-out, two-run rally in the tenth. Pinch-hitting for Andrew Brown — who made his Mets debut — Valdespin worked a six-pitch walk  and stole second base before being plated on a Ruben Tejada RBI single. “He’s exciting,” Terry Collins told reporters of Valdespin. “He plays with a lot of excitement, a lot of enthusiasm, especially when it’s crunch time.” With Bobby Parnell at the plate, JV1 swiped second on the first pitch of the at-bat, prompting Collins to call upon Mike Baxter pinch-hit. “You don’t win the game just hitting homers,” Valdespin said.  “You win the game stealing the base. A lot of things you’ve got to do to win the game. … That’s my game — stealing the bases, putting pressure on the other team.” Three-pitches later, Baxter was hit by a pitch.  Tejada followed the hit-by-pitch with a two-out single to center to give NY a lead they would not relinquish.  The Mets added one more on Daniel Murphy‘s RBI single. “To be a good team, you’ve got to win the close games and you’ve got to win the majority of those extra-inning games,” David Wright told reporters after the game. “So, yeah, it felt great [to win], especially after going through what we went through in Miami.” ITS OUTTA HERE: The New York Mets blasted four home runs during their victory on Friday night.  John Buck delivered his tenth of the year, a two-run shot in the first.  Lucas Duda, Marlon Byrd, and David Wright added solo homers lifting the clubs home run total to 31 on the season.  TWO BIG OUTS: With the score tied, 5-5, Mets manager Terry Collins called upon Bobby Parnell to relieve Brandon Lyon with one-out and a runner on third.  Parnell needed just 14 pitches (nine for strikes) to escape the one-out jam, stranding the potential game winning run 90 feet away. Parnell induced Jordan Schafer to pop out to shallow center, before Adrelton Simmons worked a nine-pitch walk.  With runners on the corners and two-outs, Justin Upton tapped a weak grounder to third to end the inning.   SHAUN MARCUM: Mets starter Shaun Marcum lasted just 4 1/3 innings on Friday night, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks, but did not factor in the decision. Marcum was tagged for a run in the third, when Juan Francisco ripped an RBI single to plate B.J. Upton — who started the frame with a double to the right — and two more in the fifth.  After two singles and a walk loaded the bases full of Braves, Marcum surrendered an RBI single to Andrelton Simmons.  LaTroy Hawkins relieved Marcum, allowing a sacrifice fly before striking out Freddie Freeman to end the frame and the Atlanta rally. LETS TAKE TWO: Jonathon Niese will toe the rubber versus Braves starter Julio Teheran at 7:10 p.m in Atlanta.   
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