Josh Donaldson cracked two homers and Dallas Keuchel pitched another strong game against the Mets, leading the Braves to a 2-1 win and a sweep of the three-game series Sunday afternoon.
Donaldson hit a pop fly in the second inning that somehow left the park to give the Braves the early lead. But his homer in the seventh inning was a no-doubt missile to right center. He now has 9 HR against the Mets this year. Keuchel hurled seven scoreless innings and now has 13 shutout frames against New York.
Steven Matz pitched wonderfully and certainly deserved better than to lose because of a wind-blown, pop fly homer. He finished with 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB and 6 Ks.
The Mets finally put up a run in the ninth inning. Pete Alonso doubled and came around to score when Todd Frazier beat the relay throw to first to avoid the game-ending double play. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a pinch-hit single to put two runners on. Then Joe Panik ended the game with a fundamentally sound groundout to second base.
In the second half, the Mets are 1-5 against the Braves, 1-3 against the Giants and 25-5 against everyone else.