Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets – Box Score – August 07, 2011 – ESPN.

A frustrating sort of win. The Braves blew a 5-2 lead (again) and went 1-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving fourteen men on base. They won largely because of unlikely home runs.

The Braves took the lead in the second on a solo blast by Jason Heyward, but couldn’t hold it. Mike Minor otherwise pitched quite well, but couldn’t handle the opposing pitcher, allowing a two-out single to Dillon Gee to tie it in the bottom of the inning. Willie Harris then hit a popup to center that it looked like Michael Bourn should have handled — the Braves had problems on fly balls all game — but Dan Uggla was in the way and it dropped for a go-ahead single.

In the fourth Jose Constanza reached on an infield single, went to second on a groundout, then to third on a wild pitch. Minor walked, allowing Bourn to come to the plate with one out and drive in the tying run with a groundout. In the fifth, Heyward walked with one out and Alex Gonzalez hit a no-doubter off the front of the second deck to make it 4-2. While Chip was still yammering about that Constanza’s first career major league homer was missed by the cameras, but still counted to make it 5-2.

Minor walked the leadoff man in the sixth, then got the next two to fly out. The next fly landed in front on Constanza, who botched it allowing both runners to advance an extra base. Fredi brought in Eric O’Flaherty, about which, okay, but he also double-switched, bringing in Chipper Jones to play third, shifting Martin Prado to left, Constanza to right, and Heyward out of the game. I don’t think weakening your defense at multiple positions with a three-run lead is in the Book. Daniel Murphy reached on an infield single that wouldn’t have scored a run without the error, but I guess it didn’t matter because Harris singled cleanly to make it 5-4 before O’Flaherty finished the inning.

With two out in the seventh, O’Flaherty walked Jason Bay, who stole second (huh?) and scored on a “double” to left that was actually a flare that Prado misplayed; Constanza, despite his earlier error, probably would have caught the ball. Tie game, no luck there Mr. Minor.

The Braves had a couple of runners on in the eighth but Brooks Conrad struck out pinch-hitting. Jonny Venters got the first two, walked the next two, then got a popout. Finally, in the ninth, AAG singled leading off and went to second on a bunt by Constanza. Eric Hinske walked, and Chipper singled to make it 6-5. Of course, they didn’t get any insurance.

Craig Kimbrel wasn’t all that sharp, allowing a leadoff single to Bay but getting a GIDP (nice play by Dan Uggla) to erase the runner, then a walk before a groundout to end it… Uggla extended his streak, Freddie Freeman did not.