Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the season began that he wasn't going to use his bullpen conventionally, and he owned up to that on Wednesday night.
Jeurys Familia was handed the ball in the eighth inning, and Robert Gsellman took over in the ninth for the Mets. Familia got himself into a jam with runners on the corners with one outs. However, Amed Rosario helped him out with a great diving play to start a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
Gsellman recorded a perfect 1-2-3 inning to pick up his second save on the season.
Callaway admitted after the game that bringing Familia, who was the Mets' most-rested bullpen arm having last pitched on May 28, was due to the Braves' top hitters coming up in the eighth.
Yeah, especially with this team," Callaway said when asked if bringing Familia in was a matchup situation. "That's the heart and soul of their offense and they score runs often when that part of the lineup comes up. So, we felt like that was a great time for Familia and our most-rested pitcher."
Callaway also decided to go with rookie Tim Peterson, who made his major league debut, in the sixth and seventh innings in the close game. He allowed only one hit, a solo homer to Johan Camargo, but kept the Mets' lead over his two innings.