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McNeil lifts Mets over Braves, takes batting race lead

This time last year, Jeff McNeil had only recently received a promotion to the Mets’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, where he wondered what he would have to do to receive a callup to the big leagues. Mets officials seemed to have little interest in promoting McNeil, until he kept on hitting enough to force his way to the Majors.

Fast forward a year, and McNeil is an All-Star. Hours after learning he had made the National League roster on Sunday, McNeil contributed three singles, including a go-ahead two-run knock in the eighth inning, to lead the Mets to an 8-5 win over the Braves at Citi Field. McNeil’s performance gave him sole possession of the Major League batting average lead, at .348, while helping the Mets snap a seven-game losing streak.