The Mets fell behind 5-1, rallied to put the tying run on third base in the eighth inning, but came up just short, as they lost their second straight game to the Braves, this one by a 5-4 score Tuesday night.
- Things fell apart in the sixth and seventh innings. The Braves strung together some hits in the sixth and aided by a dropped ball in the OF that Curtis Granderson should have caught they tallied two runs. The following inning Adonis Garcia connected for a three-run homer off Jerry Blevins and it felt like the game was over.
- But the Mets battled back. Granderson had an RBI double, T.J. Rivera added a SF and Eric Campbell delivered a PH single. After Kevin Plawecki reached on an error, the Mets had runners on the corners. But Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to end the threat.
- The Mets had another shot in the ninth. Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a two-out single, bringing Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. But the Mets’ big hitter was badly fooled and struck out on a breaking ball, the type he usually crushes, to end the game.
- Robert Gsellman started and had another solid game. He did not allow a run in the first five innings and struck out Freddie Freeman twice in the process. But the sixth inning he gave up a one-out ground ball single and then a dink to left to put two runners on. Terry Collins allowed him to face Freeman again, who drew a walk. Gsellman then got a pop to shallow RF that should have been caught but fell in for an RBI. Collins played matchups, yanking Gsellman to put in Josh Smoker to face Nick Markakis. The move didn’t quite work, as Markakis drew a walk. Gsellman’s final line was 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB and 6 Ks. He recorded 16 outs, 14 of which came by grounder or strikeout.
- Depending on what the Cardinals and Giants do later tonight, there could be a three-way tie for the two Wild Card spots.