David Wright's 'incorrect decision' helps doom Mets

ATLANTA -- New York Mets captain David Wright tried to ensure the Atlanta Braves did not have a runner in scoring position with the score tied in the eighth. Instead, the third baseman's judgment call backfired and the Mets ultimately lost, 5-3, at Turner Field on Friday night.

Wright cleanly fielded Andrelton Simmons' routine grounder. Rather than make a throw to first base for the inning's second out, Wright attempted to tag baserunner Jace Peterson, who was headed toward third base.

Peterson eluded Wright. And with no one covering second, Simmons scooted there. Both runners eventually scored on Phil Gosselin's decisive two-out single.

"You have a split second to make a decision," Wright said. "I made a decision. It turned out to be the incorrect one. You go field the ball, and obviously you want to get that runner out of scoring position. I thought I could make a tag on him. He made a nice move to the outside and I just couldn't catch up with him. ... I caught it in the baseline and went to plant, and he just made a nice move right around me."

Said Peterson: "He was looking at first, and by the time he saw me, I was by him."

Manager Terry Collins said second baseman Daniel Murphy, expecting Wright to throw to first base, was backing up there and not in position to cover second. That allowed Simmons to get into scoring position too.

Wright said his intuition after fielding the ball proved incorrect.

"If I can tag him out right there, it's a great play," Wright said. "But if what happened, happened, it's not a good play. Right there, my thought process is, late in the game you want to try to keep the runners out of scoring position. I made a decision. Give the runner some credit. But just by not getting an out there, it turns out to be the incorrect decision."