Granderson's fly ball helps Mets defeat Braves 4-3
NEW YORK, AP
April 22, 2014, 2:53 am TWN
NEW YORK--It took all afternoon before Curtis Granderson finally generated some goodwill at Citi Field.
The slumping Mets newcomer hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning to help New York outlast the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep.
David Wright had four hits and New York took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta, which had won seven of eight.
Granderson went 0 for 6 with an error and was booed all afternoon. But he turned those jeers to cheers at the end of a long day.
“Can't help but not hear them. I haven't given them anything to cheer about,” he said.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a leadoff walk from Gus Schlosser (0-1) and advanced on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice bunt. Eric Young Jr. was intentionally walked to bring up Granderson, hitless in his last 16 at-bats and stuck in a 4-for-44 slide that's dropped his average to .127.
The runners moved up on a wild pitch and Granderson lifted the next delivery into medium left field. Nieuwenhuis slid home ahead of Justin Upton's throw, and the Mets mobbed Granderson near first base.
New York manager Terry Collins moved Granderson from cleanup to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, hoping to get him started. Granderson, who even tried an unsuccessful drag bunt Sunday, signed a US$60 million, four-year contract in December after an injury-plagued season across town with the Yankees.
“I'm really happy for him,” Collins said. “Something he can build on, move forward, and get it going.”