The Braves were plagued by walks yet again on Friday in a losing effort, falling to the Mets 6-2. Kyle Wright drew the start for Atlanta, but would be chased from the game in the fourth inning as walks and timely hitting plagued the young right-hander. Highlighting the Mets offensive effort was Brandon Nimmo, who got New York on the board in the second inning with a two-run home run to center field, while adding two additional hits. While the evening was less than stellar for Wright, the Braves offense scuffled in its own right, as Zack Wheeler combined with the Mets bullpen to stifle a previously hot-hitting Atlanta club.
The Braves actually drew first blood in this one, as Wheeler struggled to find the strike zone in the first, which allowed Atlanta to load the bases ahead of a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly to put them ahead 1-0. That lead would last until the top of the third inning, when Wright was the victim of a bad hop on a Dominic Smith single that bound over the head of first baseman Freddie Freeman, which was followed by the Nimmo blast two batters later to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Wright began the fourth inning with a leadoff walk to Keon Broxton, who promptly stole second base to put pressure on Atlanta immediately. Nimmo followed with a bunt single, then Jeff McNeil doubled two batters later, scoring two to push the New York advantage to 4-1. After an Amed Rosario strikeout, the Mets would get back-to-back doubles by Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto, which plated two more runs to make the score 6-1. After an intentional walk that was charged to Wright, the 23-year-old exited the game having completed just 4 2⁄3 innings. His final line included six earned runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts.
The Braves scored in the fifth to bring the score to 6-2 after a two-out walk to Freddie Freeman was followed by a Ronald Acuña Jr. double off the right field wall that narrowly missed giving the young phenom his fourth consecutive game with a home run. Instead he settled for his ninth hit in four games, raising his average to .289 after a relatively slow start. He is going to be just fine.
The Braves were retired quietly in the ninth to close out a 6-2 Mets victory. Zack Wheeler navigated around early trouble to complete six innings while allowing two runs, striking out eight. With Kyle Wright struggling mightily on the other side, Wheeler did more than enough to propel the Mets to a win, allowing them to retain sole possession of first place in the National League East.
The Braves had multiple opportunities to close the gap in this one, but credit Zack Wheeler and the Mets bullpen for squashing what life the Atlanta offense did show beyond the fifth inning. These two clubs will square off again on Saturday as the Braves look to right the ship in a series that has been disappointing for both the pitching staff and the offense.