In the opening game of a three-game set in Atlanta, Zack Wheeler persevered through his wildness but the Mets committed three errors in the eighth inning to gift-wrap a 5-3 Atlanta win.
The Mets jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead when Curtis Granderson led off the game with a home run.
In the top of the second, the Mets extended their lead to 2-0 when Travis d’Arnaud stroked an RBI double to the warning track in left-center.
The Mets made it 3-0 in the third behind a Chris Young sacrifice fly.
Zack Wheeler dealt with wildness all night, but the Braves tallied their first run off him in the fifth on the strength of back to back singles and a sacrifice fly by Freddie Freeman that cut New York’s lead to 3-1.
With Vic Black in relief of Zack Wheeler with one out in the top of the seventh, Ruben Tejada played a potential inning-ending grounder into an error. However, Black responded by inducing a fly out and Josh Edgin came in to get Freddie Freeman to fly out to left field to end the threat.
The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth with a two-run lead, and proceeded to play their sloppiest half-inning of the year.
With runners on first and second and none out, Jeurys Familia induced what should’ve been a routine 1-6-3 double play, but spiked the ball to second base as the Braves loaded the bases. Familia then surrendered a single to center, and Juan Lagares overran the ball as the Braves tied the game 3-3.
With the bases loaded and two outs, it appeared as if Familia had escaped the jam with the game tied. However, third baseman Eric Campbell booted Andrelton Simmon’s grounder, allowing the Braves to take a 4-3 lead. For good measure, Dana Eveland came on in relief of Familia and walked Freedie Freeman to force in a run and make it 5-3 Atlanta.
The Mets went down meekly in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel.
- Zack Wheeler was wild, but wound up tossing 6 1/3 innings of one run ball. He gave up four hits, walked five, and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 4.25.
- Curtis Granderson had two hits, including a home run leading off the game.
- Travis d’Arnaud delivered an RBI double in the second.
- Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, and Eric Campbell all made errors in the eighth as the Mets handed the game to Atlanta.
The Mets play the second game of their three-game set against the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta.
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