Braves Use Late Rally to Defeat Mets

The Braves blew two leads but scored three runs against the Mets' bullpen in the 8th inning as Atlanta defeated the New York Mets, 8-7. Craig Kimbrell struck out the side to notch his 27th save.

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The Braves rallied late to beat the Mets in a see-saw affair at Turner Field on Saturday afternoon. Freddie Freeman put Atlanta in front 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run double off All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. However the lead did not last long as Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin all had RBI singles in the top of the sixth to give New York a 6-5 lead. It was the Braves turn in the bottom of the eighth as Michael Bourn, Martin Prado and Jason Heyward connected on consecutive 2-out RBI singles against reliever Bobby Parnell to make it 8-7 Atlanta. Closer Craig Kimbrell struck out the side in the ninth to preserve the Braves' sixth straight victory, an 8-7 nail-biter over the Mets.