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Curtis Granderson lifts Mets over Braves 4-3 in 14

April 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 $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.”

The Brewers also needed 14 innings to beat the Pirates 3-2, with Khris Davis delivering the biggest hit in a game interrupted by a punch-filled brawl when he homered in the last to lift Milwaukee to a comeback win.

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after the third-inning fracas.

The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat after hitting a two-out triple. Gerrit, who was near third base backing up the play, stormed toward Gomez and they exchanged words. Gomez took steps toward Cole before players rushed the field from both dugouts.

At Washington, the Nationals edged the Cardinals 3-2 with Denard Span hitting a sacrifice fly in the ninth with the bases loaded.

The Reds had an 8-2 win over the Cubs in Chicago, the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 4-1, the Giants beat the Padres 4-3 and Jimmy Rollins helped the Phillies to a 10-9 win over the Rockies when he homered early and then hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning.

In the American League, Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers, Erik Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and the Chicago White Sox ended a four-game losing streak with a 16-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

The Yankees beat the Rays 5-1 when Dean Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single.

At Oakland, Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice as the Athletics beat the Astros 4-1 to complete a series sweep.

Elsewhere, the Twins beat the Royals 8-3, the Tigers edged the Angles 2-1 and the Indians beat the Blue Jays 6-4.

The Marlins completed a three-game sweep of their interleague series against the Mariners, with Adeiny Hechavarria hitting a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami’s favor.

In the bottom of the eighth, Christian Yelich was ruled safe at home after plate umpire Ed Hickox initially ruled him out on a force play. First baseman Justin Smoak threw home on a grounder by Garrett Jones.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond challenged the call. It was overturned after a delay of 2 minutes, 20 seconds. Replays showed Yelich slid in safely tying the game at 2.

With the bases loaded and one out, Hechavarria followed with a sacrifice fly to right field against Wilhelmsen.

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