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Late rally not enough for Braves

The Mets split the doubleheader with a victory on Monday night.

MLB: Game Two-Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves were unable to come up with enough offense to have a chance at completing the doubleheader sweep on Monday. The Mets staved off a late rally and won 3-2.

Max Fried took the bump for the Braves, and was in trouble from the get-go. He got into jams in the first and second innings, but got out of both of them. After the first two guys got hits to lead things off in the first inning, Fried induced a double play and another groundout.

In the second, the Mets loaded the bases, but once again, Fried worked out of trouble, getting Mets pitcher Seth Lugo to ground into an inning-ending twin killing.

Fried wasn’t so lucky in the third inning. A leadoff hit from Brandon Nimmo and an error by Fried set up Asdrubal Cabrera’s RBI groundout and Travis d’Arnaud’s run-scoring double to give New York a 2-0 edge.

That score would hold for the majority of the contest, largely because Lugo retired 13 consecutive Braves until a Kurt Suzuki double in the seventh inning. Johan Camargo also walked in the inning, but a Jace Peterson groundout ended the threat after Jerry Blevins came on for Lugo.

Fried hurled 5 13 innings, only allowing the two runs (one earned) on seven hits. Embattled reliever Jim Johnson relieved him in the sixth and immediately produced an inning-ending double play.

Pinch hitter Matt Adams and Ender Inciarte picked up consecutive singles in the eighth inning, but the Braves were unable to cash in.

Jose Ramirez pitched the eighth inning, and d’Arnaud ambushed a fastball and hit it out to left field for a home run and a 3-0 lead.

The Braves put forth a rally against Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning, as Suzuki laced a single to right and Freeman reached on an error by Familia on a slow roller between the mound and first base.

Suzuki scored on Peterson’s one-out RBI single to left to get the Braves on the board and make it 3-1. The Braves tacked on another run when pinch hitter Matt Kemp hit a tapper to first base that froze Mets first baseman Dominic Smith. Instead of trying to turn a double play, Smith allowed the run to score and tagged the bag for the second out, making it a 3-2 game. Tyler Flowers grounded out to end the contest.

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