braves vs. Mets final score: Atlanta hits 3 home runs in 5-2 win over Mets

The Braves’ bats hit a trio of solo home runs off Jacob deGrom and dealt more damage to the Mets’ bullpen en route to taking the first game of a pivotal series against the New York Mets on Friday night.

With the win, the Braves improved to 98-59 on the year and tied the score again with the Mets atop the NL East.

The Mets did get some baserunners against Max Fried in the top of the first inning after Brandon Nimmo hit a swinging hit to start the game. Pete Alonso singled through the middle and was initially replaced by Francisco Lindor, who grounded out along the third baseline on which Riley made a nice play to get Alonso to second base. Fried, Canha grounded out to keep the frame scoreless.

deGrom retired the Braves in order in the bottom of the first inning after a groundout and two strikeouts.

In the top of the second, another great play by Riley was booked by two less than great plays by Eddie Rosario into left field, leading to the Mets scoring the first run of the game. First, Rosario appeared to lose a ball to Jeff McNeil in the lights, and Eduardo Escobar tattooed a single on the head of Dansby Swanson to put runners in first and second place without out. In his first Major League at bat, Francisco Alvarez grounded into a double play for Riley, wiping out the men in first and second place, but was able to move McNeil to third, and McNeil scored on a Luis Guillorme line drive that just missed Rosario played. A flyout from Tomas Nido to Ronald Acuña Jr. ended the inning.

The New York lead didn’t last long though as Riley and Olson went back to back in the bottom of the frame to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

With a lead, Fried established himself and retired 10 consecutive Mets in the third, fourth and fifth inning.

Atlanta appeared to possibly extend its lead in the bottom of the third when Orlando Arcia led off with a single and moved to second place on a groundout by Acuña Jr., but a strikeout by Swanson and an Arcia TOOTBLAN ended the threat. deGrom matched Fried’s performance in the fourth and fifth, putting the Braves in order.

Fried eventually had to leave the game earlier than expected after suddenly becoming ill in the bottom of the fifth, and he left the field after giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and no walk in 5.0 innings pitched, eventually earning the victory. The bullpen picked him up, though, as Collin McHugh, Raisel Iglesias and AJ Minter combined were only one run on three total hits in the next three frames, and that one run came in the form of a Nido homer to Minter in the eighth.

The Braves finally broke through in the sixth when Swanson hit a towering shot with one out to left midfield for his 100e career home run, to increase the lead to 3-1.

The Mets went to their bullpen after the stretch and Atlanta managed to score a few runs off Tylor Megill to make it 5-1. Olson hit a leadoff single, and Travis d’Arnaud followed it with a double from the wall in midfield, setting up a Rosario sacrifice fly to score Olson. d’Arnaud came by to score on the second double of the inning off the wall, this one at center left on Arcia’s bat. Trevor May came into play and retired Acuña Jr. struckout to end the frame, but the damage was already done.

Kenley Jansen let things get a bit interesting in the ninth and loaded the bases with one out thanks to a Canha HBP, a single by McNeil and a walk by Escobar. However, Jansen struckout Alvarez, who ended his debut day hitless, followed by Tyler Naquin on a nine-pitch at bat, stranding the runners and earning his 38.e save of the season.

The pivotal series continues tomorrow when Kyle Wright takes on Max Scherzer at 7:20 p.m.

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