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Mets blanked by Braves, 5-0

The New York Mets were blanked by the Atlanta Braves, 5-0, on Tuesday night at Truist Park. New York’s lead in the National League East is down to 3.5 games after Atlanta has won the first two games of the four-game series.

Taijuan Walker started on the mound for the Mets and tossed two shutout innings before leaving the game with back spasms. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters after the game that he will undergo testing on Wednesday.

After Walker left, the Mets called on reliever R.J. Alvarez for his first big league appearance since 2015. Alvarez allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Stephen Nogosek also surrendered a pair of runs over two innings and Seth Lugo tossed 1 2/3 shutout innings.

New York had just three hits and Francisco Lindor collected two of them.

Matt Olson homered and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta.

Max Scherzer will get the ball on Wednesday as the Mets will try to snap their two-game skid. The first pitch is set for 7:20 p.m.