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Mets vs. Braves Recap: Atlanta wins again, but Mets' magic number continues to drop

The Mets led the game early, but a bad seventh inning and Freddie Freeman did them in.

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The Mets wrapped up a fairly lackluster home stand with another loss to the Braves last night, but they remain incredibly likely to win the National League East. After a month-plus of outstanding baseball, it’s certainly understandable that the team cooled off a bit over its past nine games.

Last night, Bartolo Colon pitched very well until he didn’t. The 42-year-old was perfect into the fifth inning, but he gave up an infield single in that frame. He kept the Braves off the board entirely through the sixth, but he gave up three singles and got just one out as Atlanta loaded the bases in the top of the seventh.

At the time, the Mets had a 2-0 lead thanks to a solo home run from Daniel Murphy in the first inning and a run-scoring single from Ruben Tejada in the second. So Addison Reed came in to take over for Colon, but he gave up a single to Michael Bourn that cut the Mets’ lead in half and a double to Freddie Freeman, who had come off the bench, that gave the Braves a 3-2 lead.

Reed escaped without further damage, and with two outs on the bottom of the seventh, David Wright singled to drive in Eric Young Jr., who had pinch run for Ruben Tejada after the shortstop singled earlier in the inning.

But that was it for the Mets’ scoring on the night, and with the game still tied in the ninth inning, Jeurys Familia showed that he is, in fact, human by serving up a three-run home run to Freddie Freeman. You can throw another "F" word in between his first and last names if you’d like.

On the bright side, the Nationals lost again, which means the Mets’ magic number to win the division is now five. And the team still leads Washington by 6.5 games.

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Big winners: David Wright, +21.1% WPA, Ruben Tejada, +18.8% WPA, Bartolo Colon, +12.1% WPA
Big losers: Jeurys Familia, -47.1% WPA, Addison Reed, -36.2% WPA, Curtis Granderson, -14.6% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: David Wright’s game-tying single in the seventh, +24.5% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Freddie Freeman’s three-run home run in the ninth, -39.0% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -62.0% WPA
Total batter WPA: +12.0% WPA
GWRBI!: Freddie Freeman