After snapping their five-game winning streak Friday night at Citi Field, the New York Mets (67-62) dropped their second straight to the Atlanta Braves (79-52), 9 -5, at Citi Field on Saturday ( box score ), leaving them two games behind the Cubs for a second National League wild-card spot.
Pete Alonso crushed his 41
Pitching  Zack Wheeler selected two strikes ( Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman ) in a no-blue first, working on around a four-pitch, one-out walk to Ozzie Albies .
Matt Joyce and Adeiny Hechavarria drew consecutive bases-on-ball to start Atlanta's second and newest ddition, Francisco Cervelli paid tribute to Wheeler for his offenses with a double-RBI double down the right field line, pinning the Braves to an early 2-0 lead. third, allowing a solo homer to the Albies with one out and another by Josh Donaldson later, giving Atlanta a 4-0 lead. Neither of those offerings were necessarily bad pitches (low-mid Albies change, Donaldson's inside-paint two-seamer), but the damage was done, after all.
Cervelli added a single leadoff in the fourth and Acuna reached on a Amed Rosario error in leaving runners in the corners with two outs for Albies, who came out to Davis in the shallow left field to end the threat.
After a perfect fifth – the first of the Wheeler's of the night – the 29-year-old right-hander came in sixth with 86 pitches. Atlanta tied the game with five after Rafael Ortega RBI scored on Cervelli, scoring a Todd Frazier rider error, and Wheeler finished the frame with 108 runs. pitches, ending his night (six guests, four runs, five hits, three strikeouts, four walks).
Left-hander Luis Avilan worked around a two-out, pitch-around walk with Donaldson in a scoreless seventh but right Brad Brach surrendered back-to-back-to-back two-out singles at Ortega, Billy Hamilton and Acuna to put Atlanta ahead, 7-5, in the eighth. 19659002] Edwin Diaz allowed a leadoff solo homer to Freeman in the ninth, extending Atlanta's lead to 8-5, posting a one-out walk to Charlie Culberson then coming out in the game after Mets trainers and manager Mickey Callaway visited the mound during Ramos' retreat.
Chris Flexen replaced Diaz, retired Hechavarria, but allowed a two-out, RBI single to Cervelli to give the Braves a 9-5 lead.
Michael Conforto sent a hard groundball through the shift to lead the second and advanced to Max Fried wild pitch to Wilson Ramos at next hip but left to be left in the scoring position of Ramos (groundout), JD Davis (strike), and Todd Frazier (groundout).
Juan Lagares led the way with a double to right field, moved to third on Rosario's single out, and came home with the Mets' first run in Joe Panik selected the grounding groundout, cutting Atlanta's lead to 4-1.
Lagares added his second double of the night, a drive line in the left-center gap, with one out in the fifth. After advancing to third in Fried's second wildest of the night, Rosario led him with a two-out single to right, making it a 4-2 game.
Panik added a single to the next at-bat, bringing Pete Alonso to the plate as a go-ahead run. Both runners advanced to Fried & # 39; s third wild pitch, and Alonso tied the Mets' franchise single-season home record in his 41st outing of the year to give the Mets a 5-4 lead and bring Citi Field to life.
Ramos extended his hitting streak to 18 games with his leadoff single in the sixth but was left stranded by Davis, Frazier, and Lagares.
Jeff McNeil (hamstring) returned from the 10-day injured list with a first-pitch, pinch-hit double to turn off the seventh but tagged an attempt to advance to groundball's Rosario to spin (after McNeil was supposedly pregnant, digging himself into a 0-2 hole).
Down 7-5, Ramos added his second hit of the night with two outs in the eighth but the Mets couldn't capitalize. McNeil put up his second hit of the game in the first inning with two outs in the ninth.
On the Deck
Steven Matz (8-7, 4.18 ERA) took the hill for the Mets in their series finale compared to Dallas Keuchel (4-5, 4.14 ERA) and the Braves on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
The play will be televised on WPIX and broadcast on WCBS 880 AM.