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  • Braves @ Mets: 08/23 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WCNN



    GAME 128, HOME GAME 59

    Friday, 23rd August,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    BRAVES -- STANDINGS -- METS



    NATIONALS -- LEADERS -- METS



    NATIONALS -- BATTING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- PITCHING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



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    NATIONALS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Mets Aim to Improve in NL East Race vs. Braves



    For about a month, the focus for the New York Mets in terms of likely ways into the playoffs has been on a crowded National League wild-card race.

    This weekend if things go right, the Mets can make a small dent in the NL East race and they will get three chances to gain ground starting Friday when they host the Atlanta Braves for the opener of a three-game series.

    The Mets (67-60) are a major league-best 27-10 since the All-Star break and trail the Braves by nine games in the division. They are 1 1/2 games behind in the wild-card race after extending their winning streak to five games and improving to 13-1 in their last 14 home games with a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

    "I think it's a great indication that we're playing very good baseball," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We're continuing to stress the right things. We're playing the game the right way, and everyone's performing."

    Wilson Ramos had a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest by a Met since Carlos Beltran also hit in 16 straight in 2009. During the streak, he is batting .391 (25-for-64) with three homers and 14 RBIs.

    Atlanta leads the season series with the Mets 8-5 and enters this weekend with five straight wins after Ronald Acuna Jr. had the game-winning single in the ninth inning of Thursday's 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins.

    Acuna is batting .325 (27-for-83) in his last 20 games and .393 (14-for-48) in the season series with the Mets.

    Freddie Freeman hit a game-tying homer Thursday and has nine homers in his last 20 games. He also is hitting .327 (16-for-49) with four homers and 10 RBIs against the Mets this season.

    "We just want to make sure we come out every day with the same energy, same passion, love for the game, and God willing, see everybody in October," Acuna said.

    Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61), who is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break opens the series for the Mets. DeGrom also is 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last eight starts since his last loss on June 28 against Atlanta.

    The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner last pitched Saturday in Kansas City when he allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of a 4-1 win.

    He is 7-7 with a 2.00 ERA in 20 starts against Atlanta and 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in three starts against the Braves this season.

    Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) will make his fourth start since returning from the minors. While he was 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA in six minor league outings, he is 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA in three starts since returning to Atlanta.

    Foltynewicz last started in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday when he took a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

    He is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Mets.

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      • The Braves swept the Marlins and have now won five straight, holding opponents to three runs or fewer in each game. They had only held one opponent to three runs or fewer in their previous 14 games.
      • The Mets have also won five straight games, including a sweep of the Indians in their last series. They are 27-10 since the All-Star break, best in MLB, and sit just 1.5 games out of the last NL wild card spot after sitting 11.5 games out of the playoffs entering the break.
      • The Braves are 20-11 against the Mets in New York since 2016, holding them to four runs or fewer in 25 of the 31 games. The Mets' 11-20 record is their second-worst home record against any NL team in that same span (1-8 vs. Dodgers).
      • Freddie Freeman tied a career high with his 34th home run of the season against the Marlins on Thursday. He also needs just two runs and six RBI to tie his career high in runs (102) and RBI (109).
      • Wilson Ramos is on a 16-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in MLB and the third-longest of his career. The only Mets catcher with a longer hit streak was Mike Piazza in 1999 (24) and 2000 (21).
      • Jacob deGrom has a 2.00 ERA in 20 career starts against the Braves, lowest by any pitcher against the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966 (minimum 20 starts). In three starts against the Braves this year, he has given up five home runs after giving up a total of five home runs over his first 17 starts against the Braves.
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          Top of 1:
          Braves first. Acuña Jr. grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso. Albies flied out to right fielder Conforto. Freeman grounded out, catcher Nido to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. Rosario struck out. Panik flied out to center fielder Acuña Jr. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Braves second. Donaldson singled to left. Joyce lined out to right fielder Conforto. Hechavarría struck out. Ortega hit an infield single to first, Donaldson to second. Jackson lined out to center fielder Lagares.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Conforto flied out to left fielder Ortega. Davis struck out. Guillorme doubled to left. On Foltynewicz's wild pitch, Guillorme to third. Lagares grounded out, pitcher Foltynewicz to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 3:
          Braves third. Foltynewicz struck out. Acuña Jr. walked. Albies grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted, Acuña Jr. to second. Freeman struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. Nido fouled out to first baseman Freeman. deGrom flied out to center fielder Acuña Jr. Rosario grounded out, pitcher Foltynewicz to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 4:
          Braves fourth. Donaldson struck out. Joyce struck out. Hechavarría struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Panik struck out. Alonso grounded out, first baseman Freeman unassisted. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Freeman unassisted.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 5:
          Braves fifth. Ortega struck out. Jackson struck out. Foltynewicz struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Davis walked on a full count. Guillorme grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Davis to second. Lagares grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Davis to third. Nido grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Braves sixth. Acuña Jr. struck out. Albies singled to center. Albies stole second. Freeman singled to center, Albies scored. Donaldson struck out. Joyce struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. deGrom homered to left on the first pitch. Rosario struck out. Panik grounded out, catcher Jackson to first baseman Freeman. Alonso lined out to third baseman Donaldson.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 7:
          Braves seventh. Ramos in as catcher. Hechavarría flied out to left fielder Davis. Ortega popped out to shortstop Rosario. Jackson struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. Conforto flied out to left fielder Ortega. Davis struck out. Guillorme walked on a full count. Lagares struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Braves eighth. Lugo pitching. Frazier in as third baseman. Duvall pinch-hitting for Foltynewicz. Duvall struck out. Acuña Jr. walked on a full count. Albies flied out to right fielder Conforto. Acuña Jr. stole second. Freeman was intentionally walked. Donaldson struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Greene pitching. Ramos lined out to shortstop Hechavarría. Frazier flied out to center fielder Acuña Jr. Rosario lined out to right fielder Joyce.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Braves ninth. Joyce lined out to center fielder Lagares. Hechavarría struck out. Ortega struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 9:
          Mets ninth. Ch.Martin pitching. Panik struck out. Alonso singled to left. Conforto grounded into a double play, shortstop Hechavarría to second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Alonso out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 10:
          Braves tenth. Díaz pitching. Jackson was hit by a pitch. Hamilton pinch-running for Jackson. Culberson pinch-hitting for Ch.Martin. Culberson sacrificed, first baseman Alonso unassisted, Hamilton to second. Hamilton stole third. Acuña Jr. struck out. Albies struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 10:
          Mets tenth. Acuña Jr. in as right fielder. Flowers in as catcher. Hamilton in as center fielder. Swarzak pitching. Davis grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman. Davis pinch-hitting for Díaz. Davis lined out to left fielder Ortega. Lagares singled to right. Ramos singled to left, Lagares to third. Ramos stole second. Frazier walked. Rosario struck out, safe on fielder's choice, catcher Flowers unassisted, Lagares out, Ramos to third, Frazier to second.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Top of 11:
          Braves eleventh. Avilán pitching. Freeman struck out. Brach pitching. Donaldson struck out. Flowers singled to center. Hechavarría grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Panik, Flowers out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 11:
          Mets eleventh. Newcomb pitching. Panik was hit by a pitch. On Newcomb's wild pitch, Panik to second. Alonso struck out. On Newcomb's wild pitch, Panik to third. Conforto struck out. Davis was intentionally walked. Altherr pinch-hitting for Brach. Davis stole second. Altherr grounded out, shortstop Hechavarría to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 12:
          Braves twelfth. Sewald pitching. Ortega flied out to center fielder Lagares. Hamilton flied out to center fielder Lagares. Teheran pinch-hitting for Newcomb. Teheran struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 12:
          Mets twelfth. Jackson pitching. Lagares grounded out, catcher Flowers to first baseman Freeman. Ramos singled to center. Frazier struck out. Rosario grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Donaldson to second baseman Albies, Ramos out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 13:
          Braves thirteenth. J.Wilson pitching. Acuña Jr. hit an infield single to second. Albies flied out to right fielder Conforto. Freeman struck out. Donaldson lined out to left fielder Davis.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 13:
          Mets thirteenth. Panik grounded out, shortstop Hechavarría to first baseman Freeman. Alonso struck out. Conforto flied out to left fielder Ortega.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 14:
          Braves fourteenth. Familia pitching. Flowers walked. Hechavarría hit a ground-rule double to right, Flowers to third. Ortega struck out. Hamilton singled to right, Flowers scored, Hechavarría to third. Fried pinch-hitting for Jackson. Hamilton stole second. Fried struck out. Acuña Jr. walked on four pitches. Albies struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 14:
          Mets fourteenth. Melancon pitching. Davis struck out. Matz pinch-hitting for Familia. Matz grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman. Lagares lined out to second baseman Albies.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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            Hamilton, Braves Outlast Mets 2-1 in 14 After deGrom Shines


            by JAKE SEINER

            -- With Jacob deGrom and the Mets hard-throwing bullpen missing bats at a historic pace, the NL East-leading Braves were ready to win with small ball Friday night.

            That's exactly what Billy Hamilton is there for - although this first contribution wasn't exactly on script.

            Hamilton singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning for his first hit as a Brave, and Atlanta beat the Mets 2-1 for its sixth straight win despite yet another sensational two-way effort by deGrom.

            "Might be one of the best feelings of my life except for my first stolen base in the major leagues," Hamilton said. "I mean this might be the top."

            The Mets tied a major league record by striking out 26 batters, including 13 by deGrom , and 21-year-old Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. became the second-youngest player with a 30-homer, 30-steal season - only Mike Trout did it younger.

            Yet the game came down to Hamilton, who delivered to snap New York's five-game winning streak.

            The seventh-year major leaguer was claimed by Atlanta off waivers from Kansas City last week to be a pinch-running specialist down the stretch. The speedster did just that in the 10th, replacing a runner at first and stealing a base, but he was left stranded.

            Four innings later, his grounder against Jeurys Familia (4-2) was just out of reach for diving second baseman Joe Panik, allowing Tyler Flowers to score from third. The hit came in Hamilton's fourth plate appearance since changing teams, and the 28-year-old looked back into Atlanta's dugout after reaching first and saw a booming celebration.

            "If you're going to be out here all night, might as well get a win," said Hamilton, who added his second steal of the game a few pitches later. He has 297 career stolen bases but is just a .242 hitter, having spent most of his career on lousy teams in Cincinnati and Kansas City.

            DeGrom homered and struck out eight straight batters during one dominant stretch, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He finished a punchout shy of his career high - the righty whiffed 14 and also homered to beat Miami on April 3. DeGrom became the first pitcher since at least 1900 to strike out 13 and homer in a game twice in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

            "Every time out, my God, that guy has got something really special in his back pocket," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

            The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner got a no-decision anyway, the 18th time in his career he's pitched one-run ball or better over seven innings and not gotten a victory. New York is just 7-5 this year when deGrom allows one or fewer earned runs.

            The Mets' previous high for strikeouts as a staff was 24, achieved June 2, 2018, against the Cubs during a 14-inning game - deGrom also struck out 13 in that one.

            New York remained two games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card after Chicago lost to the Nationals 9-3. Atlanta has won nine of 12 against the Mets this season.

            Flowers had appeared to score the go-ahead run two batters before Hamilton's knock when he came home from first on Adeiny Hechavarria's drive to right-center. The ball got lodged in the door to the visiting bullpen, though, and after a video review, umpires ruled it a ground-rule double and held Flowers at third.

            DeGrom's eight straight strikeouts marked the best such streak in the majors this year and tied his career high. He went over 200 strikeouts in a season for the fourth time.

            "That little run, I just felt like I was able to locate whatever pitch I was throwing at the time," he said.

            DeGrom added his second homer this season and third of his career leading off the sixth. Mets pitchers lead the majors with six homers.

            Freeman hit an RBI single in the sixth, and Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, allowing a run and striking out seven.

            Atlanta's bullpen covered eight scoreless innings, including two by Luke Jackson (7-2). Mark Melancon delivered a 1-2-3 14th to close out the 4 hour, 37-minute game for his fifth save.

            "It's frustrating," Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said. "We had lots of opportunities, lots of extra inning opportunities, but also throughout the regulation nine innings. We didn't have it today at the plate like we have in the past."

            30-30

            Acuna took second in the eighth inning for his 30th stolen base, giving him the fifth 30-30 season in franchise history and first since Ron Gant in 1990 and '91. Acuna also has 36 homers.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) felt good after his first rehab game with Class A Rome on Thursday. He was back at shortstop Friday night for seven innings and went 1 for 3. ... 3B/OF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) was the DH for Rome in his first rehab game and went 0 for 4. ... OF Nick Markakis (broken left wrist) was upgraded from a full cast to a removable one and did some running in the outfield before the game. ... RHP Darren O'Day (right forearm strain) began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.

            Mets: All-Star Jeff McNeil (strained left hamstring) played third base and right field for Class A Brooklyn, going 1 for 4 in a rehab appearance. Manager Mickey Callaway left open the possibility that McNeil would rejoin New York on Saturday. ... C Tomas Nido was visited by a trainer after being slammed in the back of the head by Donaldson's backswing while trying to throw out a stealing runner in the sixth. Nido stayed in but was replaced the next inning by Wilson Ramos. Nido was being evaluated after the game.

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            Braves LHP Max Fried (14-4, 3.84) will honor late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with his Players' Weekend uniform, which reads "Love You Ty." Fried and Skaggs both grew up in Southern California. RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.40) is slated to start for New York.

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