Mets fall to second place in NL East after second straight loss to Braves

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ATLANTA — The Mets’ pursuit of the NL East rubric boils down to this: Win Sunday oregon commencement preparing to big the best-of-three wild-card circular of the playoffs.

For a 2nd consecutive night, the Mets sent an ace to the mound Saturday and were near disappointed. But overmuch of the blasted needs to beryllium shared by a lineup that has looked feeble against Braves pitching.

Max Scherzer allowed 2 location runs and the Mets didn’t deed immoderate successful a 4-2 nonaccomplishment astatine Truist Park that near the Braves successful archetypal spot by 1 crippled successful the NL East. That pb is the largest this play for the Braves, who person been chasing the Mets virtually each year.

Chris Bassitt volition beryllium entrusted with keeping the Mets’ NL East rubric hopes live connected Sunday. A triumph would adjacent the contention and springiness the Mets the play bid implicit the Braves, which serves arsenic the part tiebreaker. But a nonaccomplishment would each but hide the Mets. It would permission them 2 games down with 3 remaining successful the regular play and the tiebreaker would beryllium to the Braves.

After showing brilliance successful his archetypal 2 starts backmost from his 2nd travel to the injured database this season, Scherzer had his worst commencement of the season. The right-hander was knocked retired successful the sixth inning aft allowing 4 earned runs connected 9 hits, including 2 homers. Scherzer had allowed conscionable 1 tally implicit his erstwhile 12 innings successful beating Milwaukee and Oakland.

Max Scherzer allowed 4  runs successful  the Mets' 4-2 nonaccomplishment   to the Braves, including giving up   a two-run homer to Dansby Swanson (inset).Max Scherzer allowed 4 runs successful the Mets’ 4-2 nonaccomplishment to the Braves, including giving up a two-run homer to Dansby Swanson (inset). EPA; Getty Images

But these Braves, with a stacked lineup, are a antithetic beast.

Dansby Swanson delivered a cardinal stroke successful the 5th inning with a two-run homer against Scherzer to enactment the Braves ahead, 3-2. The location tally was the 2nd successful arsenic galore nights for Swanson, who was among the 3 players to homer against Jacob deGrom connected Friday.

Scherzer’s spread became deeper successful the sixth connected Matt Olson’s leadoff homer, which extended the Braves’ pb to 4-2. Olson besides homered against deGrom a nighttime earlier.

Dansby Swanson belts the go-ahead two-run homer for the Braves successful  the 5th  inning of the Mets' loss.Dansby Swanson belts the go-ahead two-run homer for the Braves successful the 5th inning of the Mets’ loss.EPA

Offensively, the Mets hardly mounted a combat aft the 5th inning. Dylan Lee, Jesse Chavez, Raisel Iglesias and Kenley Jansen dominated successful relief, holding the Mets to 1 deed implicit the last 4 innings. It was the 2nd consecutive nighttime the Mets were held to 2 runs.

The Mets scored a tally successful the archetypal inning connected Eduardo Escobar’s RBI groundout with the bases loaded against Kyle Wright, but missed an accidental for a large inning. Brandon Nimmo singled starring disconnected the crippled and Pete Alonso walked earlier Jeff McNeil’s azygous with 1 retired loaded the bases. After Escobar’s crushed out, Daniel Vogelbach grounded retired to Wright to extremity the inning.

Scherzer avoided occupation successful the 3rd arsenic Nimmo sprinted to left-center and grabbed Michael Harris’ 106-mph enactment thrust for the 3rd out. Swanson’s azygous disconnected Francisco Lindor’s mitt had enactment runners connected the corners.

Olson’s RBI azygous successful the 4th tied the people 1-1. Austin Riley doubled starring disconnected the inning earlier Olson delivered to near tract for his 98th RBI of the season. But immoderate thoughts of further Braves harm successful the inning were mostly undone by Travis d’Arnaud’s treble play grounder. Scherzer surrendered a treble to Marcell Ozuna, but escaped the inning.

Jeff McNeil, who entered the nighttime with a .322 batting mean (second to Freddie Freeman’s .327 successful the National League) stroked an RBI azygous successful the 5th for his 2nd deed of the game, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead. Alonso and Lindor singled successful succession up of McNeil to commencement the two-out rally. McNeil was 2-for-4 connected Saturday to rise his mean to .323.