The Mets allowed five runs in the sixth and seventh innings and a rally in the eighth fell short in a 5-4 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
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- New York took a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but the Braves loaded the bases with one out and Matt Kemp's fly ball to right-center fell between Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, tying the game. The bases remained loaded and Josh Smoker ultimately walked in the go-ahead run.
- Robert Gsellman (2-2) took a two-hit shutout into the sixth but allowed a run on three hits and a walk before being removed with one out. He was ultimately charged with two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
- Jerry Blevins allowed a three-run homer to Adonis Garcia in the seventh to increase the Braves' lead to 5-1. The Mets rallied for three runs in the eighth on Granderson's RBI double, T.J. Rivera's sacrifice fly and Eric Campbell's pinch-hit single. But Travis d'Arnaud grounded out to end the inning with runners at the corners. Yoenis Cespedes struck out with the tying run at first in the ninth.
- Asdrubal Cabrera reached safely in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. His RBI double in the third scored Jose Reyes with the game's first run.
To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
Terry Collins on pinch-hitting for Bruce: "It's one of the worst things you can do as a manager is to pinch-hit for a star. But my job is to try to win the game."
Bruce on being pinch-hit for: "That's the first time I've ever been pinch-hit for. I always think I'm the best choice. I think everyone in this locker room does. But he's the manager and I respect his decision and it is what it is. … I don't deserve any explanation from the manager. He's the manager, he makes the decisions."
Granderson on the miscommunication with Bruce: "I didn't call it. Being in center field, it was my job to be had if I could get to it. But I felt like I was gonna probably have to dive for it. I wasn't 100 percent sure if I was going to be able to catch it. Jay, obviously being the right fielder is waiting for me to say something in that situation, I didn't, and by the time I pulled up it was too late, the ball fell in."
News and notes…
- The Mets have lost five straight to the Braves at Citi Field and fell to 9-9 against them this year.
- New York lost consecutive games for the first time since Sep. 1-2.
- Jay Bruce was back in the starting lineup and went 0-for-3 before he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He has three hits in his last 37 at-bats (.081).
- d'Arnaud has one extra-base hit and one RBI in his last 84 plate appearances.
- It was the third time in five starts Gsellman has taken a shutout into the sixth inning or later only to have the Mets ultimately lose the game.
The Mets (80-71) will try and avoid an embarrassing sweep as they complete their season series with the Braves (60-91) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) is unbeaten in his last six starts, going 4-0 in that span. Atlanta counters with right-hander Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.46 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), who is making his second start of the season.