The Mets jumped out to the early lead but could not make it stand up, as they fell to the Braves in 10 innings, 4-3, Saturday night in Atlanta.
Dansby Swanson led off the 10th with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a single. It looked like the Mets might get out of it, as the next batter fanned and with New York utilizing five infielders, the next batter popped up to shallow left. But Adonis Garcia ripped one up the middle for the game-winning hit.
The Mets scored two runs in the top of the first inning, without the benefit of a hit. A walk, two errors and a fielder’s choice led to a quick 2-0 lead.
Bartolo Colon couldn’t make the lead stand up. He gave up solo runs in the first and fourth innings. And after the Mets re-took the lead in the fifth, he gave up the tying run in the sixth.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer to put the Mets up, 3-2.
New York had a chance in the eighth inning. Wilmer Flores hit a two-out ball to center field that just missed going out. He ended up with a double. The Mets chose not to pinch run for him and Flores was thrown out at the plate after a pinch-hit single to RF by T.J. Rivera. It was a poor send, especially given how slow Flores is. And to add injury to the mix, Flores was banged up at the collision at the plate and left the game.
It was a game that the Mets easily could have won and the loss was made more painful with a win by the Cardinals and a big late lead by the Giants.