Despite holding leads on two occasions tonight, the Mets lost to the Braves in Atlanta 4-3 in extra innings. After going down in order in the top of the 10th, the Mets called on Erik Goeddel to keep the game going in the bottom of the inning. He did no such thing, putting runners on the corners on a couple of singles and a wild pitch. With one out, Josh Smoker came on as the Mets stacked the infield with five defenders. Smoker got Ender Inciarte to pop out to left field for the second out, but after the Mets returned to the usual defensive orientation, Adonis Garcia singled home the winning run.
Bartolo Colon went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out two but also allowed two game-tying solo home runs: one to Nick Markakis in the fourth and the other to Matt Kemp in the sixth. Fernando Salas, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, and Jerry Blevins kept the Braves off the board in the seven, eighth, and ninth innings.
The Mets’ best chance to take this game came in the top of the eighth. Wilmer Flores doubled with two outs, and pinch-hitter T.J. Rivera followed with a single to right. Flores plodded around third and was thrown out at the plate by Markakis. Flores was roughed up at the plate on the play and left the game.
The Mets and Braves wrap up their series—the Mets’ last at wretched Turner Field—at 1:35 PM on Sunday. Seth Lugo will oppose Williams Perez.
Full recap to follow.
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