The New York Mets had a chance to bury the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, but they were unable to do that as they dropped three of four in the series with a 3-2 loss on Thursday night at Truist Park. New York’s lead is now just 3 1/2 games with 43 games remaining.
Jacob deGrom started on the mound and surrendered three runs over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine.
Atlanta opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Dansby Swanson put the Braves on the board with a run-scoring double. Then, Austin Riley drove in a run with an RBI single to make it 2-0.
In the top of the fifth, Mark Canha smacked a two-run home run over the left-field wall to tie the game at 2-2. That was his eighth long ball of the season.
The Braves regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a Michael Harris RBI double. That ended up being the difference in the game as Atlanta’s bullpen held the lead.
The Mets will head to Philadelphia to open a four-game series with the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.