The Mets (62-71) fell to the Braves by the score of 3-2 on Wednesday night Citi Field.
The Braves jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead when Jason Heyward lifted an opposite field home run to left to open the game.
In the second, the Mets tied the game when Wilmer Flores stroked a solo homer to left-center that made it 1-1.
The Braves capitalized on luck and some poor Mets defense in the third.
After a leadoff bunt hit, Jason Heyward doubled to left. Zack Wheeler then jammed Justin Upton, but his soft grounder allowed the go-ahead run to score and make it 2-1 Atlanta. The inning appeared over when Wheeler got Even Gattis to hit a ground ball to Ruben Tejada. However, Tejada had the ball bounce out of his glove, allowing Gattis to reach and the Braves to take a 3-1 lead.
The Mets got a run back in the bottom of the eighth when Juan Lagares‘ RBI single made it 3-2 Atlanta. With two outs in the inning, it appeared that the Mets were about to tie the game. With a runner on third, Travis d’Arnaud hit a grounder that appeared ticketed for left field. However, Andrelton Simmons ranged far to his right, fielded, and fired to first to nab d’Arnaud by a half-step.
The Mets got the first two batters on in the ninth. After a questionable bunt call by Terry Collins gave the Mets runners on second and third with one out, Ruben Tejada – with the infield in – bounced into a force out at home, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed by popping out to end the game.
- Zack Wheeler turned in another very solid performance, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits in 7 innings of work. He walked 3 and struck out 7. His season ERA is at 3.44.
- Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer in the second inning.
- Juan Lagares shined on defense again and delivered two hits and an RBI.
The Mets wrap up their three-game series with the Braves at Citi Field on Thursday night at 7:10 PM.