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Mets blown out by Braves in series opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets suffered one of their worst losses of the season on Monday night at Truist Park as they were blown out by the Atlanta Braves, 13-1. New York’s lead in the National League East is now 4 1/2 games.

Carlos Carrasco started on the mound for the Mets and allowed three runs over two innings before a 55-minute rain delay. The right-hander came back out to pitch the third inning following the rain delay but faced just two batters and then left the game with “left side tightness,” the team announced. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters after the game that he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

New York’s bullpen really struggled as Joely Rodríguez, Adonis Medina, and Mychal Givens combined to allow 10 runs. After the game got out of hand, Darin Ruf tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth. He became the first Mets position player in history to throw multiple scoreless innings in a single game.

The Mets’ lone run came in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout by Eduardo Escobar. The team had seven hits and Jeff McNeil collected four of them. Brandon Nimmo also chipped in with a pair of hits.

Taijuan Walker will get the ball on Tuesday as the Mets will try to bounce back and even the four-game series at a game apiece. The first pitch is set for 7:20 p.m.