Game Recap: Mets Lose 5-4 To Braves Despite Comeback Efforts

The New York Mets (45-64) were defeated by the Atlanta Braves (60-48) by a score of 5-4 in ten innings of play at Citi Field to lose three of four games against their division rivals.

Pitching

Corey Oswalt started the game for the Mets today cruised through the first four innings without allowing a run.

However, the fifth inning would present some trouble for the right-hander as he would allow a home run to the opposing pitcher to cut the Mets lead to 3-1.

Oswalt would get through a clean sixth and, as a result, Mickey Callaway decided to let him come out for the seventh inning.

That plan backfired, though as he allowed a single to Johan Camargo, followed by a home run to Ender Inciarte to tie the game. Oswalt would face one more batter, Dansby Swanson, and allowed a bunt single.

The right-hander finished the day with six innings (87 pitches) while allowing three runs, eight hits, and no walks to go along with four strikeouts.

Paul Sewald replaced him and retired Ryan Flaherty and Ronald Acuna Jr. before being replaced by Jerry Blevins in a double switch that saw the team remove Austin Jackson from the game in favor of Brandon Nimmo.

Blevins got Ozzie Albies to ground out and continued to pitch into the eighth. He would strikeout Freddie Freeman for the first out before allowing a single to Nick Markakis that prompted the Mets to put Seth Lugo in the game. Todd Frazier was double-switched into the game as Jose Reyes would move to second base.

Lugo would get through the eighth inning, but would run into trouble in the ninth. Inciarte would single to lead off the inning followed by a sacrifice bunt by Swanson to put the former on second base with only one out. Adam Duvall would come in as a pinch-hitter and strike out for the second out of the inning. However, Acuna Jr. would give the Braves a 4-3 lead with an RBI single to right field. Lugo would get a groundout from Albies to end the threat, though.

Surprisingly, the team would get another chance in the tenth inning after tying the game at four, but Tyler Bashlor would come into the game and allow a home run to Markakis after striking out Freddie Freeman to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.

Hitting: 

The Mets would get going early offensively as Amed Rosario would single and immediately steal second base. Jeff McNeil would ground out in the next at-bat, but Rosario would advance to third. Wilmer Flores would drive him in to give the team a 1-0 lead on an RBI single off of Julio Teheran.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Mets offense would strike again as Rosario proved to be a catalyst again as after walking, he scored from first on an RBI double to right field by Jeff McNeil to extend the Mets lead to 2-0.

Austin Jackson would extend it further in the fourth inning as he would hit a solo home run to left field to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

The team would threaten again in the sixth inning as Flores and Michael Conforto would both hit singles that would put runners on the corners with nobody out as Flores went first-to-third. It was all for naught, though, as Jose Bautista would ground into a rare 5-4-2 double play which would help extinguish the flames as, after a Jackson walk, Jose Reyes would ground out.

After falling behind, Devin Mesoraco hit a ball to left-center field that was initially ruled a double, but was later overturned and called a home run instead to tie the game.

Falling behind twice proved too much for the Mets, though, as after a Wilmer Flores double to lead-off the inning, Conforto, Bautista, and Frazier all grounded out to end the game.

On Deck

The Mets will welcome the Cincinnati Reds to Citi Field tomorrow in the first of a three-game set. Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.98 ERA) will face off against Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87 ERA). The game starts at 7:10 p.m. and can be seen on SNY.

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