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Braves' bullpen falters again in loss to Mets

Atlanta's bullpen struggles continue in a 6-4 loss to the Mets.

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For a moment, it looked like the Braves might victimize an opponent's bullpen for a change. However, two ninth-inning runs by the Mets proved to be the difference in another 6-4 loss.

Atlanta entered the eighth inning trailing 4-1, but again had success against New York reliever Tyler Clippard. Jace Peterson walked to start the inning and advanced to second on a one-out single by Michael Bourn. Pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia then tied the game jumping on a first pitch change up that was up in the zone and launching it into the left field stands.

The good feelings were short-lived, however as Travis d'Arnaud greeted Arodys Vizcaino with a ground-rule double to right field. Former Brave Kelly Johnson then stepped to the plate and lined a single to right scoring pinch-runner Eric Young to put the Mets back in front 5-4. New York would tack on an additional run as Johnson scored on a fielder's choice on a slow roller off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes. Jeurys Familia picked up the save as he retired the Braves in order in the ninth to pick up his 40th save of the season.

Williams Perez pitched in and out of trouble for much of the night allowing eight hits and three runs in six innings of work. Noah Syndergaard allowed a first-inning run on a broken bat single by Freddie Freeman but was able to slam the door afterward. He struck out eight while allowing just two hits and that single run in seven innings of work.

The Braves will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday as Ryan Weber makes his second start of the season. He will be opposed by New York's Jonathan Niese.

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