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Yoenis Cespedes powers Mets past Braves

Timely hits once again elude the Braves in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets.

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The Atlanta Braves drop their second straight game to the New York Mets falling by a score of 5-1 Friday night at Turner Field. Rookie Matt Wisler pitched well enough, but the lack of a timely hit once again proved costly for the Braves.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead in the third inning as Yoenis Cespedes doubled to deep center scoring Curtis Granderson who had walked to lead off the inning. The Mets added another run in the fifth as Granderson and Cespedes led off the inning with singles. Granderson later scored as Wisler was called for a balk but was able to escape the inning with no further damage.

Daniel Castro cut New York's lead in half in the bottom of the fifth as he lined his first major league home run over the left-centerfield wall. The Mets tacked on another run in the eighth as former Brave Eric Young Jr. scored from third on a passed ball by Christian Bethancourt.

Cespedes struck again in the ninth with a long two-run home run off of Arodys Vizcaino that landed way back in the left field bleachers at Turner Field. That blast made the score 5-1 and that is the way it would end as the Braves once again went quietly in the ninth.

If you are searching for silver linings, Matt Wisler pitched well enough and worked out of a couple of jams while minimizing the damage. He allowed seven hits and two runs over six innings but gets tagged with his seventh loss of the season. Castro, Nick Markakis, Andrelton Simmons and Adonis Garcia had two hits each, but Atlanta finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Steven Matz picks up his third win of the season after allowing one run and six hits over five innings of work. Cespedes finishes with three hits and three RBIs. Michael Conforto and Daniel Murphy had two hits each.

The series continues on Saturday as Williams Perez takes the mound for the Braves. He will be opposed by New York's Noah Syndergaard.

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