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Mets lose second straight to Braves

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets have fallen out of first place in the National League East after losing to the Atlanta Braves, 4-2, on Saturday night at Truist Park.

Max Scherzer surrendered four runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out four. Three of the four runs he allowed came via the home run.

After New York jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Eduardo Escobar’s run-scoring groundout, Atlanta tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on Matt Olson’s RBI single.

The Mets went back on top in the top of the fifth, thanks to Jeff McNeil’s RBI single. However, once again, the lead did not last. The Braves answered in the bottom of the inning as Dansby Swanson crushed a two-run home run to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead.

The Braves added their final run in the bottom of the sixth on Olson’s solo shot.

New York will try to bounce back and salvage the final game on Sunday with Chris Bassitt on the mound. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m.