NEW YORK (AP) — Pinch-hitter Brandon Drury delivered a tiebreaking homer within the seventh inning and proper fielder Michael Conforto threw out a runner on the plate within the ninth to protect the New York Mets’ 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night time.
The primary-place Mets have maintained their five-game lead over the third-place Braves within the NL East by splitting the primary 4 video games of the five-game collection.
“That was like a playoff recreation,” Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned.
Drury, batting for Trevor Could (4-2) after the reliever struck out two in an ideal seventh, hit Max Fried’s 1-0 pitch properly into the left subject seats for his fourth pinch-hit homer of the season, tying him for the most important league lead with the Braves’ Pablo Sandoval.
Within the eighth, Jeurys Familia struck out Austin Riley and retired Dansby Swanson on a grounder to flee a two-on, one-out jam created by Aaron Loup.
The Braves nearly tied it within the ninth, when Edwin Díaz allowed a leadoff double to Abraham Almonte and a one-out single to proper by pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza. Third base coach Ron Washington emphatically waved residence Almonte as Conforto, who charged and fielded the ball on one hop, fired to the plate on the fly.
James McCann caught the ball sno-cone model and made a swipe tag that simply clipped Almonte as he slid.
“You possibly can’t make a greater throw than that one and for McCann to catch the throw and apply the tag like he did to finish the play — it was only a nice all-around play on each ends,” Mets supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned.
The group of 25,787 stood and roared because the usually reserved Conforto shouted at teammates within the outfield.
“Greatest feeling on this planet,” Conforto mentioned. “I can’t put into phrases what it seems like. I’m nonetheless type of shaking from it proper now. Simply an superior second.”
The Braves challenged the decision, which stood after a quick replay overview.
“We bought an enormous hit, they made an ideal play,” Snitker mentioned. “Conforto made an ideal play. He couldn’t throw the ball any higher than that.”
Díaz then bought Sandoval to fly out for his twenty third save.
“I used to be within the dugout and I about screamed my lungs off,” mentioned Mets beginning pitcher Tylor Megill. “Mike got here up and simply flung it. Bang-bang play on the plate and referred to as him out. I blacked out. That’s so big, a 2-1 recreation, that’s superior.”
Megill, pitching on his twenty sixth birthday, carried a shutout into the sixth earlier than Riley’s one-out homer — the third within the final two video games for the Braves’ third baseman — ended his night time. Megill gave up 5 hits and one stroll whereas placing out six in decreasing his ERA to 2.04, the second-lowest mark for a Mets rookie by way of seven begins behind solely Nolan Ryan (1.99).
“Fairly cool that my identify’s up there,” Megill mentioned. “It’s a cool accolade to have, however there’s extra work to be achieved.”
Megill additionally scored the Mets’ first run within the third, when he saved the inning alive with a two-out single — the second straight recreation by which he’s singled. Brandon Nimmo walked and Pete Alonso singled earlier than Jeff McNeil drove residence Megill with a single. The hit prolonged McNeil’s hitting streak to a career-high 15 video games.
McNeil completed 2 for 4 and is batting .396 with 13 RBIs throughout the streak.
Fried (7-7) took the hard-luck loss after giving up two runs on 5 hits and two walks with 9 strikeouts in seven innings.
“On the finish of the day, we would have liked one-run baseball and I wasn’t ready to do this,” he mentioned.
Ozzie Albies had two hits for the Braves.
SO YOU SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY
Megill grew to become the eleventh Mets pitcher to begin on his birthday — Jacob deGrom and Ron Darling have every achieved so twice — and the second to gather successful and rating a run. Darling went 2 for 3 with two runs scored on his twenty sixth birthday on Aug. 19, 1986.
Megill is the primary pitcher with successful and a run scored on his birthday since Gio Gonzalez did so for the Milwaukee Brewers on his thirty third birthday in 2018.
Megill is the second large leaguer in two days to begin on his birthday — Brad Keller turned 26 on Tuesday, when he tossed seven innings for the Kansas Metropolis Royals — and the tenth to take action this season. Jose Urquidy, Freddy Peralta, Drew Smyly and Kwang Hyun Kim all received on their birthdays this 12 months.
Riley’s homer within the sixth was his seventh in 18 video games at Citi Discipline — greater than notable Mets rivals comparable to J.T. Realmuto (six in 51 video games), Jayson Werth (5 in 70 video games) and Trea Turner (5 in 39 video games).
Braves: OF Joc Pederson (upset abdomen) returned to the lineup after lacking Tuesday’s recreation. … C Travis d’Arnaud (left thumb) is scheduled to start a rehab task Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett. … RHP Huascar Ynoa (damaged proper hand) is anticipated to begin a rehab task subsequent Tuesday.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (proper forearm) threw from 90 toes and is anticipated to throw one other aspect on Thursday.
Braves: LHP Drew Smyly (7-3, 4.30 ERA) exited his earlier begin Saturday after 4 innings because of a sore left knee however was in a position to conduct his normal between-starts work.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-4, 3.43) has given up 12 runs (11 earned) in 4 1/3 innings in his final two begins, elevating his ERA from 2.50 to a season-high 3.43.
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