The New York Mets set a franchise record in the 4th inning with 10 base hits.Â They used the 10 hits to score 8 runs and take an 8-4 lead against Atlanta Braves starter Derek Lowe (12-8).Â The Braves had gained the lead on a 2nd inning 3-run homer by Matt Diaz and a 3rd inning solo shot by Adam LaRoche.Â Down 4-0, the top of the Mets order came up against Lowe in the bottom of the 4th.
Angel Pagan led off the 4th against Lowe and hit a liner that contacted Lowe on his glove hand in the wrist area.Â The ball bounced to Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar but he was unable to field it cleanly and Pagan was credited with a single.Â Braves trainers and coaches visited with Lowe and after 1 warm up toss he continued.Â In hindsight perhaps he should not have.
Luis Castillo singled.Â Gary Sheffield hit a 2-run double to score Pagan and Castillo and make it 4-2 Braves.Â After Daniel Murphy grounded to 2nd base for the 1st out, Jeff Francoeur doubled in Sheffield.Â Fernando Tatis then drove in Francouer with an RBI single.Â Omir Santos singled to put runners at 1st and 3rd.Â Anderson Hernandez singled to drive in Tatis.Â The 9th batter of the inning, Met starter Oliver Perez (3-3) singled to load the bases.Â A Pagan fielder’s choice grounder scored Santos.Â Pagan then stole 2nd base, and Castillo knocked Lowe from the game with a 2-run single.Â 8-4 Mets.
In the 7th inning a Santos fielder’s choice ground out scored Francoeur with the Mets 9th and final run to make it 9-4.Â Every Met starter had a hit.Â All together the Mets had 17 hits, so you know what’s coming next.
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