The Mets and Braves exchanged single runs in the first inning, as Josh Donaldson drove in Ronald Acuna, Jr. with a double in the top of the first, while the Mets answered with a J.D. Davis RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
Acuna struck again in the top of the third with a 431-foot blast to right-center to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. That lead would be short-lived, as the Mets again answered right back with a walk, three singles and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 lead after three innings.
As has been an unfortunate theme, the Mets were unable to make that lead stand up. Noah Syndergaard—making his first start since being activated from the IL—tired in the sixth, walking the first two batters in the inning. He almost worked out of it before Johan Camargo dunked a blooper into center field to tie the game.
Chris Flexen relieved Syndergaard, getting a clutch out to strand the bases loaded in the sixth, but promptly gave up three straight hits to start the seventh, with a two-run Freddie Freeman double giving the Braves a 5-3 lead.
It seemed like a dismal end to a miserable week was nigh, even after Todd Frazier homered in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-4 and the Mets put the next two men on. A failed sacrifice bunt and a Wilson Ramos fly out left the team one out away from squandering their chance. After Michael Conforto worked a walk against A.J. Minter, newly-minted All Star Jeff McNeil dropped a clutch single to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. Fellow first-time All Star Pete Alonso followed with a two-run double to give Edwin Diaz some welcome breathing room, and the beleaguered closer came in to retire the side in order, mercifully ending the Mets seven-game losing streak.
Full recap to follow.
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