Ender Inciarte drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth and then robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the inning as the Mets were swept by the Braves with a 4-3 loss on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
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- With two on and two outs, Cespedes sent Braves closer Jim Johnson's first pitch towards right-center. Inciarte raced over from center and leapt at the wall to take the home run and game away from the Mets.
- Bartolo Colon took a 3-0 lead into the seventh but allowed a two-run homer to ex-Met Anthony Recker. The Braves tied the game in the eighth on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly after a curious decision by Terry Collins, who removed Addison Reed in favor of Josh Smoker with Freddie Freeman up with one out and one on.
- The Mets had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth but T.J. Rivera struck out. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki went down swinging to end the inning.
- Colon allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six and walking none in 6 2/3 innings.
- Jeurys Familia (3-4) was charged with his fifth blown save and took the loss.
- Asdrubal Cabrera gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the first with his 21st home run. Rene Rivera made it 3-0 with his sixth jack of the season in the fifth.
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Cespedes on being robbed: "I knew I hit the ball well. I knew there was a good chance it was going to make it out but he made a better play."
Collins on Inciarte's catch: "I mean it's a great catch. A tremendous catch. One of the best you'll ever see. Second night we've had the right guy up there at the right time, tonight he just made a tremendous play that saved the game."
Collins on his decision to remove Reed: "As much as I've used him lately…I thought if [Freeman's] gonna get a hit, face a power lefty. Got the [expletive] jammed out of him and blooped it in."
News and notes…
- The Mets lost six straight games to the Braves at Citi Field and ended the year 9-10 against Atlanta, winning just five times in the last 15 games.
- With the Cardinals loss earlier in the day, the Mets are still holding on to a playoff spot.
- Cabrera's homer was his 20th of the season as a shortstop, breaking the club record of 19 established by Reyes in 2006.
- Colon has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts. It was the 11th start this season without a walk for the right-hander.
The Mets (80-72) begin their final regular-season series of the year at home as the Phillies (69-83) come to town for four games beginning Thursday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) carries a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts into the matchup with Philadelphia. Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) will take the ball for the Phils with just one win in his last 16 starts.