Luis Guillorme sliced a two-run single to left that snapped a seventh-inning tie and the Mets held on to defeat the Braves, 8-5, to earn a split of Monday's doubleheader at SunTrust Park.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) After Robert Gsellman allowed the Braves to tie the game in the sixth, the Mets loaded the bases in the seventh and cashed in on Guillorme's second single of the game and fourth hit of the doubleheader. Amed Rosario followed with an RBI single one inning after driving in two runs with a bases-loaded hit of his own that erased a 4-3 deficit.
2) The Mets scored twice in the first on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI single and a throwing error by Braves hurler Brandon McCarthy. Brandon Nimmo extended New York's lead in the third with his fifth home run and third in seven games. Amed Rosario lined a two-run single to put the Mets on top, 5-4, in the sixth and Luis Guillorme did the same in the seventh to snap a 5-5 tie.
3) Kevin Plawecki recorded three hits, scored twice and walked in his first game back from the disabled list after missing more than six weeks with a broken hand. Michael Conforto reached safely four times on three singles and a walk while Gonzalez, Guillorme and Rosario had two apiece for the Mets, who had 15 hits. New York went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
4) Hansel Robles took over for Conlon in the third and struck out three over three scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list. Gsellman (5-1) surrendered the tying run in the sixth on Markakis' infield single, but he escaped further damage despite facing a one-out, bases-loaded situation. Jacob Rhame struck out two in a perfect seventh and Jeurys Familia earned his 14th save by retiring the side in order in the eighth and ninth.
5) Conlon lasted two-plus innings and was charged with four runs on eight hits with one strikeout and no walks. The southpaw allowed four consecutive hits to start the third which erased a 3-1 lead. Jay Bruce misplayed Nick Markakis' liner to right into a double that set up the Atlanta's fourth run.
Highlights from tonight's game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak and a six-game slide to the Braves to move back over the .500 mark (26-25).
New York went 1-1-2 in four doubleheaders last year, including two against Atlanta.
After allowing 20 runs in their last 20 innings, Mets relievers combined to surrender one run in the final six frames Monday night.
Conforto is hitting .321 (18-for-56) with four homers and eight RBIs in his last 14 games to raise his average to .241, the highest it's been since April 17 (.250).
Guillorme went 4-for-9 with a double and three RBIs in the doubleheader.
Nimmo's five home runs equal the career high he set last year in 76 fewer at-bats.
Conlon has allowed seven runs, 12 hits and two walks through 5 2/3 innings (11.11 ERA) in his first two big league starts.
The Mets (26-25) continue their series with the Braves (31-22) from SunTrust Park on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (2-3, 3.80 ERA, 39 K, 1.29 WHIP) tries to build off arguably his best outing of the season when he tossed six scoreless innings against the Brewers last Thursday. The southpaw allowed one run over seven innings in most recent start against the Braves last season. He is 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.
Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 14 Ks, 1.21 WHIP) returns to the Majors for his first appearance since April 13. The veteran right-hander is 4-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets. He has faced New York once (2016) in the last seven years.