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Final Score: Braves 4, Mets 2—In 1962 it was funny. This is not funny.

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A three-run third inning is the difference in the first game of the series.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

In a rather unsurprising series of events, the Mets lost another game started by Jason Vargas. This time, the Atlanta Braves took the first of four games at Citi Field by the score of 4-2. Like a pair of Nancy Sinatra’s boots, the Braves have walked all over the Mets this season, taking 10 out of 13 games after tonight’s victory.

Jason Vargas had a start that can be described as very Vargas-esque. The lefty went five innings giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. On the bright side, Vargas managed to lower his ERA from 8.36 all the way to 8.23. Out of the bullpen, Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, and the debuting Bobby Wahl kept the Braves off the board from the sixth inning onward.

On the offensive side of things, Brandon Nimmo struck for his 14th home run of the season in the top of the first inning to get the Mets on the board. The only other Met run on the night came on Luis Guillorme’s fifth inning single to bring home Jose Reyes. The Mets threatened to score in the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to capitalize on the leadoff man reaching base in either inning.

Full recap to follow.

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