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Final Score: Braves 5, Mets 4—Braves take another shot at Mets’ playoff hopes

The Mets just can't figure out the Braves.

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Mets dropped a second-straight game to the last place Braves Tuesday night, falling 5-4 at the hands of Julio Teheran and company. The Mets took an early one-run lead when an Asdrubal Cabrera double followed a Jose Reyes triple to lead off the bottom of the third inning. That proved to be the only offense the Mets could produce against Teheran, who went seven strong innings despite striking out just a single batter.

Robert Gsellman cruised through five innings, but allowed four-straight baserunners in the sixth inning, ending his day with the score tied at 1-1 and the bases loaded. Josh Smoker entered in relief, walked Nick Markakis to give the Braves their second run, and departed. Fernando Salas cleaned up the mess to save the one-run deficit.

One inning later, Adonis Garcia blew the game open with a three-run moonshot off Jerry Blevins, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead.

The Mets clawed back three runs in eight off the Braves’ bullpen, highlighted by Eric Campbell’s first Major League hit since May. Travis d’Arnaud could not capitalize on a Garcia error to get the tying run on third base, leaving the Mets one run shy of the Braves.

With results of the Cardinals and Giants games still to materialize, the Mets maintain a temporary half-game lead in the NL wild card. They are even with the cellar-dwelling Braves in the season series, with nine wins apiece.

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