Gonzalez ejected, Braves lose to Mets 4-3 in 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 8, 2014 at 12:26 am •  Published: July 8, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Not long after the Braves blew a late lead for Mike Minor, manager Fredi Gonzalez nearly blew his top.

Ruben Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, Curtis Granderson hit a tying homer in the eighth and the New York Mets beat Atlanta 4-3 on Monday night.

Gonzalez was ejected in the bottom of the ninth for arguing a call that was overturned on replay. After much discussion, Eric Campbell was ruled safe at second on a bunt play when replays showed Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons came off the bag too soon as he took a throw and relayed to first.

"It was one of the worst calls I've ever seen," Gonzalez said.

The "neighborhood play," as it's known, is not reviewable under instant replay rules. But after Mets manager Terry Collins came out to argue, the umpires determined it was the throw from third baseman Chris Johnson that pulled Simmons away from second base.

"We reviewed the call because, in our judgment, we felt the throw took the fielder off the bag," crew chief Mike Everitt told a pool reporter. "That was going to be reviewable."

Gonzalez vehemently disagreed.

"It's bad interpretation — whoever interpreted it," he said.

In the end, Shae Simmons pitched out of the jam for Atlanta.

"They got lucky that we didn't lose the game there," Gonzalez said.

Minor allowed only two hits in seven innings on a 91-degree night, an encouraging outing for the left-hander after he had a 5.21 ERA in his previous eight starts.

"I felt good about it just because I was getting weaker contact," Minor said. "I felt like I was cruising because I had a couple of quick outs."

He was in line for his first win since May 19 before Granderson connected off lefty Luis Avilan with two outs in the eighth to tie it at 3.

"He threw too much of a hittable pitch there," Gonzalez said.

New York nemesis Freddie Freeman had three hits and a walk for the Braves, who won nine in a row before Sunday's 3-1 loss to Arizona. Andrelton Simmons singled twice for his sixth straight multihit game.

Juan Lagares doubled off Anthony Varvaro (3-2) with one out in the 11th, and Lucas Duda was intentionally walked before Lagares went to third on d'Arnaud's long fly to center. Tejada lined the next pitch up the middle.

"It was supposed to be below the zone," Varvaro said. "Just didn't get down quick enough."

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