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Braves sweep Mets, take two-game lead in NL East

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets were swept by the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night at Truist Park after falling, 5-3, in the series finale. With three games remaining, Atlanta leads the National League East by two games.

The Braves opened the scoring and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Dansby Swanson’s solo shot.

New York quickly answered in the top of the second as Daniel Vogelbach crushed his 18th home run of the season to tie the game.

In the top of the third, the Mets grabbed a 3-1 lead. Jeff McNeil launched his eighth home run, and Vogelbach smoked a run-scoring single. However, the lead did not last long as Atlanta plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, 4-3. Matt Olson worked a bases-loaded walk, and Travis d’Arnaud hammered a two-run single.

The Braves tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead, thanks to Olson’s solo shot, his third of the series. Then, Atlanta’s bullpen held the lead over the final three innings, and the Braves picked up the victory.

Chris Bassitt struggled as he surrendered four runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings while walking three and striking out two. Seth Lugo allowed a run over two innings in relief.

The Mets will head home to take on the Washington Nationals in the final series of the regular season. Carlos Carrasco will get the ball on Monday at 7:10 p.m.