Things you should know about today's game...
1) Chris Flexen allowed four runs over five-plus innings in his first start since Sept. 3. The 23-year-old surrendered three hits, three walks and struck out four. Flexen yielded just Ozzie Albies' solo homer and two other baserunners through five innings, but he allowed a single and two walks to start the sixth and was relieved. All three runners scored against Josh Smoker.
2) Juan Lagares went 3-for-3 and Tomas Nido drove in both Mets runs with a double in the seventh, his first Major League extra-base hit.
3) Erik Goeddel, Kevin McGowan and Jacob Rhame allowed six runs, six hits and three walks in three innings of relief.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets have lost 11 of their last 14 to reach 90 losses for the first time since 2009. They are a season-worst 24 games under .500 (66-90).
With five games remaining in September, New York is assured of not posting a winning record in any full month during the season for the first time since 1993. The Mets finished with a losing record in every month of 2017 except June (14-14).
After beginning September by hitting safely in 12 of 15 games, Dominic Smith has gone 3-for-31 (.097) with 14 strikeouts in his last eight contests.
Flexen (3-5) has a 7.78 ERA in nine career starts. He's allowed 17 runs, 19 hits and nine walks over 13 2/3 innings (12.50 ERA) spanning his last three starts.
Nido made the first start of his Major League career and went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Mets (66-90) go for the doubleheader split with the Braves (71-84) at Citi Field tonight on SNY.
Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.03 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) goes in the nightcap for New York. The right-hander allowed one run over five innings against the Marlins last Tuesday, but settled for a no-decision when the Mets blew a three-run ninth-inning lead in a 5-4 loss. Lugo surrendered one run in six frames against the Braves to earn the victory in his season debut on June 11.
Max Fried (1-0 4.41 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) makes his third career start and eighth appearance. The rookie southpaw allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings in his last start against the Marlins on Sept. 9. Fried tossed one scoreless inning of relief against the Mets on Sept. 23.