The Mets' lineup couldn't solve Braves' pitching in Friday's 6-2 loss at Citi Field. >> Box score
Five things to know from Friday's game
1) Jacob deGrom continues to look more and more like the Cy Young winner that he is, giving the Mets another quality start. DeGrom went six innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out seven. The big blow against deGrom was an Austin Riley two-run home run in the top of the second inning. He finished the month of June with six quality starts and a 2.70 ERA,
2) Robert Gsellman couldn't get out of trouble in the top of the eighth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Gsellman hit Riley with a pitch to load the bases. Johan Camargo then doubled in two runs to push the Braves' lead to 6-2.
3) Pete Alonso smashed his 28th home run of the season to get the Mets on the board in the fourth inning. His latest blast tied him with Mark McGwire (1987) for the most home runs ever by a rookie before July 1st.
4) Aside from Alonso, the Mets' bats just couldn't seem to solve Braves starter Mike Soroka. The 21-year-old entered the game with a 2.07 ERA, and he gave the Braves another great outing on Friday, until he fell into some trouble in the seventh inning. Overall, he went 6.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs.
5) Jeff McNeil had a frustrating 0-4 night with two strikeouts. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning and the Mets trailing by just two runs, McNeil went down swinging against Anthony Swarzak.
The Mets continue their three-game set with the Braves on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Steven Matz (5-6, 4.85 ERA) takes the ball for the Mets against Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.94 ERA).