Braves-Mets' series opener suspended by rain

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves were tied, 5-5, when rain forced the contest into suspension prior to the start of the ninth inning.

The game will resume Saturday at 6:10 p.m. (et).

Atlanta took a 5-3 lead in the eighth after a two-run pinch-hit single by Evan Gattis, but New York drew even in the bottom of the frame.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Daniel Murphy laced his third hit of the game, a single into center to score John Buck.

B.J. Upton committed a fielding error on the play, which allowed Ruben Tejada to advance to third. The blunder proved costly, as the Mets brought the tying run home when Anthony Varavaro's pitch skipped past his catcher. Tejada raced to the plate and just beat the throw to make it 5-5.

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer off Mets starter Jeremy Hefner in the first and after the Braves fell behind by a run in the fifth, Dan Uggla provided a solo homer in the seventh to knot the score at 3-3.

Lucas Duda drove in the Mets' first run when his shallow fly ball dropped into left field for a base hit in the first inning. Buck drilled his 11th homer of the season to tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth.

Hefner tossed six innings and retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced. He left with the lead after Marlon Byrd provided an RBI single in the fifth, but reliever LaTroy Hawkins immediately gave up the advantage when Uggla homered to start the seventh.

Kris Medlen made the start for Atlanta and also went six innings. He struck out nine and surrendered three runs on seven hits.