NEW YORK(AP) There were a few well-placed grounders and a couple of liners as the hits piled up in a big eight-run inning.
Only this time it was the
at the plate.
hit a three-run homer and the Braves took advantage of another gaffe by
to put together their second-biggest inning of the season in a 15-2 victory over the sluggish
New York Mets
The Braves' eight-run second came one night after they lost the series opener when New York had a season-high eight runs and
a franchise-record 10 hits in the fourth inning of a 9-4 win.
''I've never seen anything like that you know one time and then back-to-back nights so it's pretty ironic,'' said
, who homered and drove in four runs. ''It wasn't anything like payback, 'Oooh, we'll get them.' But last night was tough.
It could have crushed us but I was very proud the way we bounced back and put it right back on them tonight.''
McCann's long drive to right-center off
was the highlight of Atlanta's highest scoring inning since it had nine runs in the fourth against Colorado on May 20. It
also was the last of the Braves' season-high seven hits in the frame.
Five runs scored after Castillo failed to cover second on
's two-out grounder to shortstop
with runners on the corners.
hit the ball, Anderson (Hernandez) kind of thought Luis would be covering,'' Mets manager
said. ''They've got to communicate before the play.''
had three hits and three RBIs for Atlanta, which had a season-high 18 hits in its highest scoring game of the year.
went deep for the third straight day and sixth time since joining the Braves in a trade with Boston on July 31.
''Rochey's hot,'' manager
said. ''He's really swinging the bat well.''
(10-8) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings to earn his first win since July 22 against San Francisco. The right-hander
also improved to 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.
Castillo collected two more hits for New York and is batting .391 (45 for 115) since July 5, but is likely headed for more
scrutiny after his latest mental lapse. The normally sure-handed second baseman cost the Mets a win when he dropped a ninth-inning
popup in a 9-8 loss at the Yankees on June 12, allowing two runs to score.
This time he barely budged on Anderson's bouncer to Hernandez, who looked to second before making a late throw to first. The
Citi Field crowd booed lustily as Diaz scampered home on Anderson's infield hit to give Atlanta a 4-0 lead.
Castillo, a three-time Gold Glove winner from 2003-05 with Florida, was replaced before Atlanta batted in the fourth and left
the clubhouse quickly after the game. Manuel said he wasn't removed because of the second-inning play, which the manager chalked
up to a lack of communication with the pull-hitter Anderson at the plate.
''Luis has been playing extremely well,'' Manuel said. ''I wanted to give him a little break. He has a banged-up ankle.''
Parnell fell apart after the misplayed grounder, walking
and uncorking a run-scoring wild pitch before McCann connected on a full-count offering for his 14th homer. LaRoche, the 11th
batter of the inning, followed with a popup to Castillo for the final out, leading to sarcastic cheers.
''My game plan is to make them hit the ball,'' Parnell said. ''Ground balls got through.''
Atlanta and New York became the first teams to exchange innings of eight or more runs on consecutive days of the same series
since the Indians and Yankees did it on July 4-5, 2006, according to STATS LLC.
''It was basically the same thing, just a long inning,'' McCann said. ''Anytime you have a long inning like that, like I said,
there's got to be some luck involved.''
Parnell (3-5) allowed nine runs and nine hits over three innings in his third major league start.
LaRoche and Diaz connected against
in Atlanta's three-run sixth and
, a Queens native, picked up his first major league hit and RBI in the ninth.
''Got an RBI, got my knock and I'm feeling pretty good,'' a grinning Gorecki said.
NOTES: LaRoche's drive was the 100th homer in 61 games at Citi Field. The new Yankee Stadium reached 100 homers in 28 games,
back on June 7. ... Manuel said he thinks LHP
(right knee tenderness) will be able to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Philadelphia. ... Cox got a tour of the
new Yankee Stadium before the game against the Mets. ... Braves RHP
, recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery, is scheduled to make his sixth rehab start Sunday against injured
and Charlotte. ''It'll be fun,'' Hudson said.