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Mets lose suspended game against Braves in extra innings

Ike Davis of the Mets waits on deck

Ike Davis of the Mets waits on deck in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (May 24, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

When play resumed, the Mets resumed their futility.

Brandon Lyon allowed the Braves to take the lead in the top of the 10th and the Mets lost 7-5 at Citi Field in the resumption of Friday night's suspended game.

The Mets nearly mounted a rally in the bottom of the 10th, and slumping slugger Ike Davis was one of the contributors.

John Buck was hit by a 93-mph fastball from Braves closer Craig Kimbrel to lead off the bottom of the 10th and Davis singled to center on a 3-2 slider to avoid striking out for a fifth time.

"I'm sure it felt good for him," Collins said. "Off a tough pitcher, too. That guy's really, really good. Hopefully it's the start of something."

But Ruben Tejada popped out to Brian McCann in foul territory on a sacrifice attempt and Justin Turner grounded into a double play to end the game.

Collins said he thought it would be a "no-brainer" that Tejada would get the bunt down.

"I'm a little surprised, 'cause he's such a fundamentally sound player," Collins said. "When I first came to this organization that was the first thing they talked about, Reuben Tejada and his approach to the game and how he was beyond his years as far as his mental approach. But he's had a rough start."

Freddie Freeman walked to lead off the 10th inning against Lyon and went to third when McCann doubled to right over a leaping Davis. Dan Uggla drove a single to left to score Freeman.

The Braves added an insurance run with one out when B.J. Upton hit a nubber in front of the plate. Lyon ran off the mound, scooped the ball and tossed it to the catcher Buck. But pinch-runner Jordan Schafer slid in safe ahead of the tag.

Collins said it was difficult for Lyon to prepare to come in in what was essentially the second inning.

"He pounds the strike zone," Collins said. "But you get balls in the middle of the plate to those guys? They're going to hit you."

Play resumed with the top of the ninth and closer Bobby Parnell on the mound at 6:10 p.m. after a 1:15 official rain delay that actually stretched across the better part of a day.

Ramiro Pena legged out a groundball-double to center on the first pitch Parnell threw. Andrelton Simmons sacrificed Pena to third, but after a walk to Jason Heyward, Justin Upton hit into a double play.

Anthony Varvaro, who pitched the eighth inning Friday and surrendered the tying hit to Daniel Murphy, pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth. Lucas Duda hit a long fly ball to left with one out that Justin Upton struggled to position himself for. But the left fielder eventually settled under the ball and Marlon Byrd struck out for the fourth time to end the inning.

Extra bases: Despite his 10th inning single off Kimbrel, Davis sat for Saturday night's regularly scheduled game against the Braves, who started lefty Mike Minor. Davis also sat when the Mets faced Minor earlier this season. Collins said the decision to swap Turner for Davis had been decided earlier in the week. Anthony Recker started at catcher and Juan Lagares started in centerfield.

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