Kimbrel wasn’t alone, though. Eric O’Flaherty gave up a home run, too, and Jordan Walden fell apart in the 10th inning for a rare meltdown by Atlanta’s bullpen.
“Yeah, we’ve been good so far this year until tonight,” Kimbrel said. “Our offense went out there and did what they had to do. They scored when we needed to score, and we weren’t just able to hold it down.”
Wright hit the tying home run in the ninth inning off Kimbrel and the New York Mets scored twice in the 10th off Walden to rally for a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Atlanta has dropped three straight and 11 of 16.
The Mets, who have won two in a row after dropping six straight, scored four of their first five runs on homers before taking a two-run lead off Walden (1-1) in the 10th.
Pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin drew a two-out walk and stole second base when closer Bobby Parnell squared around to bunt while taking a strike on the first pitch he saw.
New York manager Terry Collins then pulled Parnell and brought in pinch-hitter Mike Baxter in the middle of the at-bat.
After Walden hit Baxter with a pitch, Ruben Tejada followed with an RBI single to score Valdespin from second and make it 6-5. Baxter, who advanced to third on Tejada’s hit, scored on Daniel Murphy’s RBI single off Luis Avilan for a 7-5 lead.
Walden was ahead in the count against the last three batters he faced, but he couldn’t close them out.
“It’s frustrating,” Walden said. “I get (Tejada) 0-2 and I hang a slider to him. You know, bad pitch, but you live to play tomorrow.”
Jeurys Familia earned his first save by retiring facing the minimum in the bottom half of the 10th.
Walden, who began the night with a 1.54 ERA, gave up two runs while getting just two outs. The Braves’ bullpen led the majors with a 1.94 ERA and was tied for the best opponents’ batting average at .208.
Parnell (2-0) got two outs for the win.
Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor retired the last 18 batters he faced, but left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with the score tied 3-3.
Minor didn’t receive a decision after Marlon Byrd’s solo homer off Eric O’Flaherty in the eighth made it 4-4.
Minor allowed three hits and three runs with no walks and four strikeouts. He left for a pinch-hitter as Tyler Pastornicky used to bunt in the bottom of the seventh when the Braves took their first lead at 4-3.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on John Buck’s 10th homer. Lucas Duda made it 3-0 in the second with his sixth homer, an opposite-field shot to left-center, but then Minor settled down.
But Minor was disgusted with himself for allowing the homers — a trend that haunted him in 2012 when he allowed 18 long balls in his first 14 starts last year, but only eight over his next 16 to become one of the NL’s most consistent starters.
He gave up one homer in his first four starts this year, but now has allowed four over his last two starts.
“I feel like it was the same thing as last year,” Minor said. “I give up home runs like that and I just had to battle through the whole game. (Pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) told me there’s a lot of game left. I couldn’t let the team and kind of give up out there. It was just the second inning. I just tried to battle through it.”
The Braves cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when B.J. Upton led off with a double and scored from second on Juan Francisco’s RBI single.
Francisco left the game one out later when he suffered a mild right ankle sprain while leading off second and was caught stealing with Schafer attempting to bunt. Pena replaced Francisco at third base.
The Braves scored twice in the fifth to make it 3-all on Simmons’ RBI single off Mets starter Shaun Marcum and Justin Upton’s sacrifice fly RBI off reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
Marcum gave up six hits, three runs, three walks and struck out four in 4 1-3 innings.
The Braves went up 4-3 in the seventh when Scott Atchison walked Pena, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Schafer drew his career-high fourth walk, Simmons drove in Pena with a fielder’s choice RBI.
Byrd, though, hit the second pitch he saw from Eric O’Flaherty over the center field fence to make it 4-all.
In the eighth, Evan Gattis crushed Brandon Lyon’s first pitch for a solo homer to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.
Wright, though, answered with his seventh homer for some rare success against Kimbrel, who has converted 98 of 110 career save opportunities.
“He’s as dominant as anybody in the game,” Wright said. “You’ve just got to hope he makes a minor mistake or really you don’t have much of a chance.”