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Mets Morning News: Bullpen blows ballgame, but Mets get good news

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets fell to the Braves 4-3 in the series-opener at Turner Field after having been swept by Atlanta at home earlier in the week. After another solid outing from Matt Harvey, New York headed into the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead. Adonis Garcia provided the game-winning knock for the Braves, a two-run home run against Addison Reed, before Arodys Vizcaíno shut the door on the Mets in a hitless ninth inning.

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Before the loss, the Mets got great news on the injuries of Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, and Zack Wheeler.

Terry Collins apologized to PR head Jay Horwitz, whom the manager had frustratedly called a "puppy dog."

Collins has been impressed with call-up Matt Reynolds' performance so far.

Michael Conforto showed off some great defense in Thursday's loss, but bruised his knee as a result. He remained in the game, however. BP Mets' Jarrett Seidler wrote the Mets are mishandling the young left fielder.

According to assistant GM John Ricco, the Mets will hold a private workout for Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel next week. Gourriel is a 32-year-old third baseman.

Around the NL East

Giancarlo Stanton homered then singled in what turned out to be the game-winning run in the eighth as the Marlins bested the Cubs4-2.

The Phillies snapped a nine-game losing streak behind another strong start from Jared Eickhoff.

Though Dusty Baker might not know it, the Nationals need a new leadoff hitter.

Around the Majors

Recent Athletics call-up Daniel Mengden chose baseball over a career in ballet.

The Rangers' rotation is suddenly in peril.

Fangraphs' August Fagerstrom did a deep dive on the defense of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who's won three consecutive Gold Gloves despite posting average defensive metrics.

The important stuff: A wrestling match broke out during the Pirates' pierogi race.

Yesterday at AA

A return to the Mets by José Reyes looks more and more likely.

Amazin' Avenue Audio welcomed Mark Simon to the podcast.

The Mets promoted top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario to Double-A Binghamton.

This Date in Mets History

In 1975, Jerry Koosman won his 100th game, going the distance and allowing the Cardinals to reach base just six times in a 5-1 victory.

Thirty years later, the Mets became became the first team in major league history to hit three sacrifice flies in one inning.