- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski wouldn’t say if he has immediate plans to retire after 16 full seasons in the major leagues.

“I don’t know the answer to that question,” he said. “It’s been discussed, obviously, but I don’t know.”

Pierzynski singled in the 10th inning to advance Dansby Swanson to third base and was replaced by pitcher Matt Wisler as a pinch-runner.

After Adonis Garcia’s single scored Swanson to secure a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets, Braves players mobbed Garcia, but Pierzynski got plenty of uncustomary attention.

He was splashed with water, and his two young children came on the field to greet him. The ball Pierzynski hit for his single was authenticated, and cigars were passed out for some kind of celebration, but the colorful catcher refused to say whether he plans to return to Turner Field for Sunday’s series finale.

If he decides to retire, it wouldn’t be surprising. Atlanta has the second-worst record in the majors, and the 39-year-old Pierzynski is hitting just .219.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he said. “I’m trying to get through today but as far as the rest of the year, I don’t know where we’re at. I don’t know anything.”

Swanson led off the 10th with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Erik Goeddel (1-1) and moved to third on Pierzynski’s single.

After Goeddel struck out pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers, Ty Kelly replaced center fielder Curtis Granderson in the field to give the Mets five infielders and Josh Smoker retired Ender Inciarte on a popup. Kelly then moved back into the outfield, and Garcia singled up the middle to end it.

The Mets snapped a six-game winning streak, their longest since late April when they won eight straight. New York dropped one-half game behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.

Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis homered for Atlanta.

Chris Withrow (3-0) faced the minimum in the 10th to earn the victory.

Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the fifth with his 29th homer, a solo shot.

Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon didn’t receive a decision after giving up five hits, three runs and one walk, and striking out two in six innings.

Atlanta tied it at 2-all in the fourth on Markakis’ 10th homer, and 3-all in the sixth on Kemp’s 30th.

“I think I missed on both pitches,” Colon said. “In the big leagues, any time you miss your spots you’re going to pay the consequences.”

Braves third baseman Garcia and second baseman Jace Peterson were both charged with a fielding error that ruined double-play opportunities in the first, leading to New York’s 2-0 lead. Jose Reyes scored when Curtis Granderson reached on botched force attempt. Cespedes scored on Jay Bruce’s RBI grounder.

Atlanta cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom half of the first on Kemp’s sacrifice fly.

Braves starter John Gant gave up four hits, four walks, three runs - one earned - and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings.


Wilmer Flores, trying to score from second, was tagged out to end the eighth on a head-first slide when his helmet popped off and his head jammed against Pierzynski’s shin guard.

Flores briefly stayed on the ground bent over on a knee before being escorted off the field by a trainer. He was replaced by James Loney at first base. The Mets announced Flores has a neck contusion is day-to-day.


Freeman singled in the third to reach safely in his career-best 32nd straight game. He went 1 for 4.


Mets: Lugo (3-2) will make his fifth start. He has never faced Atlanta.

Braves: RHP Williams Perez (2-2) will make his 11th start. He is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance against New York.

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