Solid relief by Braves leads to tie with Mets

Solid relief by Braves leads to tie with Mets

Solid relief by Braves leads to tie with Mets
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Mets and Braves relievers wouldn't budge Saturday, leading to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings at Champion Stadium.

Willis Harris opened the scoring with a fourth-inning solo homer off Braves starter Rodrigo Lopez, who allowed three earned runs and allowed three hits in a 93-pitch, 4 2/3-inning effort.

Mets starter Pat Misch, who is battling for the last spot in the rotation, pitched around some first-inning trouble and kept the Braves scoreless until he surrendered a two-run, fourth-inning homer to Brooks Conrad.

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Mets first baseman Ike Davis capped his two-hit performance with a fifth-inning RBI infield single off Juan Abreu, who entered after Lopez reached his pitch count.

The Braves tied the game again in the bottom of the fifth, which started with Matt Lipka sending a leadoff double down the right-field line. Lipka, taken in the first round of last summer's First-Year Player Draft, later scored on a Nate McLouth sacrifice fly.

Up next for the Braves: Atlanta will send Derek Lowe to the mound Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET when the Astros come to Disney. Lowe, who is scheduled to make his third consecutive Opening Day start on March 31, has enjoyed a strong exhibition season. He has allowed just one run in 14 innings. Chipper Jones is expected to start Sunday's game and then rest Monday. The club's only scheduled off-day is Tuesday.

Up next for the Mets: All four second-base candidates will bus to Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday, as the Mets try to pare down a competition that still includes Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Luis Hernandez and Justin Turner. Some urgency has now descended upon the competition, with less than two weeks remaining until Opening Day and none of the candidates having distinguished themselves. Right-hander Chris Young will start the 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Marlins.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.