ATLANTA -- The eighth-inning rally by the Braves in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Mets might not have been enough if not for the events of the fifth inning.
Atlanta had Martin Prado at first when Jason Heyward lofted a ball into shallow left-center. Mets left fielder Jordany Valdespin came in on the ball and made a sliding attempt. Crew chief and third-base umpire Dale Scott ruled it a catch. Valdespin got up and threw to first, apparently doubling Prado.
"I had the attempted catch, but [Valdespin's] body was between me and him, so I never had any evidence that he didn't catch the ball, but I never had a good look at it," said Scott. "I called it a catch. Immediately, I saw [second-base umpire] Bill Miller and [home-plate umpire] Dan Iassogna coming at me, as we're instructed to do when we have something that's completely different from what happened. We got together as a crew. We definitely had the ball bouncing."
Prado was awarded second base, where he had been standing when the original call had been made, and Heyward was awarded first.
Mets manager Terry Collins came out to argue the play and was ejected.
The reversal turned out to be big, as both runners would score later in the inning on Freddie Freeman's double.