NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson and David Wright are expected to deliver big hits for the Mets. When they get one from Ruben Tejada, it's a bit of a surprise.
The punchless shortstop singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning, Granderson hit a tying homer in the eighth and New York beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Monday night.
Wright went deep early, Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI double and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched seven shutout innings for the Mets, who have won three of four on their 10-game homestand following a 1-6 road trip. They took the opener of a four-game series after losing all three to the NL East leaders at Turner Field last week.
"We needed it bad because it was very similar to the game in Atlanta we had a chance to win," manager Terry Collins said. "So it's a big game for us to start the series with."
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.
Mike Minor allowed only two hits in seven innings on a 91-degree night, an encouraging outing for the Atlanta left-hander after he had a 5.21 ERA in his previous eight starts. 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.
Braves manager Fredi 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 when replays showed Simmons came off the bag too soon as he took a throw and relayed to first.
The "neighborhood play," as it's known, is not reviewable under instant replay rules. But after Collins came out to argue, the umpires determined it was the throw from third baseman Chris Johnson that pulled Simmons away from the bag.
"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 was one of the worst calls I've ever seen," he said. "It's bad interpretation — whoever interpreted it."
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.
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.
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