ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves survived one other near-meltdown by the again finish of their bullpen within the ninth after the New York Mets’ greatest reliever gave up 5 runs within the seventh.
Tyler Flowers drove in a tiebreaking run with an infield hit, and Atlanta scored 5 runs off Seth Lugo within the seventh and survived a ninth-inning scare in a 6-Four win over New York on Wednesday night time.
The primary-place Braves (72-50) are 22 video games over .500 for the primary time since 2013. That made supervisor Brian Snitker proud of the win ”regardless of the way you get it.”
Snitker might overlook the ninth-inning struggles by Mark Melancon, the workforce’s newest nearer.
The Mets have misplaced three straight, together with the primary two of the three-game collection with Atlanta, after profitable 15 of 16 to maneuver up within the NL wild-card chase. The loss left the Mets three video games behind Chicago within the race for the second wild card.
”We’re nonetheless in a great spot,” Mets supervisor Mickey Callaway mentioned. ”It isn’t the tip of the world.”
New York scored two runs within the ninth off Melancon. Amed Rosario had 4 hits, together with a run-scoring single off Melancon. Pinch-hitter Luis Guillorme added one other run-scoring single earlier than loading the bases.
A prolonged evaluate overturned the on-field name that Guillorme was out at second on Pete Alonso’s grounder to Ozzie Albies. Shortstop Johan Camargo dropped the throw from Albies for an error, leaving the bases loaded with one out.
Melancon struck out Wilson Ramos earlier than left-hander Jerry Blevins struck out Michael Conforto for his first save.
J.D. Davis gave New York a 2-1 lead with a two-run single within the seventh, when Steven Matz had his second bloop single to proper area.
Matz was eliminated by Callaway after throwing solely 79 pitches and permitting solely two hits in six innings. Matz retired 14 consecutive batters earlier than being lifted.
The transfer backfired when the Braves scored 5 runs on six singles off Lugo and Luis Avilan within the seventh. All 5 runs had been charged to Lugo (5-3), who recorded just one out.
Callaway defended the choice to take Matz out of the sport with right-handed hitters Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall set to open the seventh.
”We have now the very best reliever in baseball sitting down there in Seth Lugo,” Callaway mentioned. ”… I am going to make that transfer 100 instances out of 100. That is the correct transfer in my thoughts.”
Requested if he was drained after working the bases, Matz mentioned ”I felt fairly good. … It is undoubtedly a moist day, however I’ve sufficient time to catch my breath and funky off and stuff.”
After Lugo walked Donaldson to open the inning, the Braves had 4 straight singles. Ender Inciarte’s bases-loaded hit to left area tied the sport. Flowers then hit a grounder which first baseman Alonso could not snag whereas working towards second. Lugo was late to cowl first.
Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Albies additionally drove in runs within the large inning.
Lugo mentioned he was ”just a bit unfortunate tonight” although he mentioned ”strolling the leadoff hitter, that hurts.”
Inciarte drove in two runs with two hits.
Dallas Keuchel threw six scoreless innings earlier than the Mets’ two-run seventh in opposition to Sean Newcomb and Chris Martin (1-1).
The loss got here after the Mets positioned All-Star Jeff McNeil on the 10-day injured record with a gentle left hamstring pressure.
The beginning of the sport was delayed 1 hour, 12 minutes by rain.
Mets: That is McNeil’s second IL stint with a left hamstring harm this season. He additionally was on the IL from Might 23 to June 4. … OF Brandon Nimmo (neck), who has been out since Might 21, might start a rehab project in a few week.
Braves: Flowers wanted consideration from a coach for a minimize on his head after he was hit by Pete Alonso’s bat on Alonso’s swing and miss within the seventh. Flowers remained within the sport.
Ruben Tejada, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, was held and not using a hit as he began at second base. Callaway mentioned he plans to have Tejada begin in opposition to left-handers in a platoon with Joe Panik. Tejada, 29, performed with the Mets from 2010 by means of 2015.
With runners on first and third within the sixth, the Mets could not rating. Todd Frazier’s pop fly into shallow proper area was caught by first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was working down the road along with his again to the infield.
Marcus Stroman (6-11, 3.07) will face the Braves for the primary time with the Mets in Thursday night time’s ultimate sport of the collection. With Toronto, Stroman was 2-Zero with a 0.71 ERA in two begins in opposition to the Braves. Julio Teheran (7-7, 3.35) is 10-Eight with a 2.68 ERA in 28 profession video games in opposition to the Mets, together with a 1-1 report and 6.08 ERA in three begins this season.
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