The Mets fell for the fourth time in their last five games, dropping the opener of a three-game set on the road with an 12-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. >> Box score
5 things to know from Monday's game...
1) Zack Wheeler was once again not at his best. The right-hander was immediately tagged for a leadoff home run by Ronald Acuna as part of a two-run first then settled for three innings before running into trouble again in the fifth where he allowed three more runs which broke a 2-2 tie. Wheeler's final line was six innings, 10 hits, five runs -- four earned -- two walks and four strikeouts in the loss.
2) The Mets' offense gave themselves a chance against Braves ace Mike Soroka. After digging themselves an early 2-0 hole against a guy who had a 1.92 ERA coming into the game, they managed to tie the game back up with an RBI single by Wheeler in the fifth and added another run with a solo home run by Robinson Cano in the sixth to pull the Mets back to within 5-3.
3) Cano's home run was certainly encouraging. After lacing a double in his first game back from the IL on Sunday, he turned on a two-seam fastball from Soroka to put one into the rightfield seats. He also made a nifty over-the-shoulder catch in the field in the seventh inning which likely saved at least a run.
4) Jeurys Familia's struggles continued as the right-hander was unable to keep the Mets' deficit at two runs in the seventh inning. After getting the leadoff out, Familia allowed a single and two walks before he was removed from the game in favor of Drew Gagnon. Gagnon allowed three straight singles to score all of Familia's baserunners then issued a two-out bases loaded walk to make it a 9-3 game.
5) The Mets did not play their best defensive game, either, especially in the first inning. Jeff McNeil missed making a sliding catch on a Josh Donaldson line drive while Pete Alonso committed his fifth error of the season on the very next at-bat, which allowed a run to score.
The Mets aim to turn things around on Tuesday when RHP Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound against the Braves while Atlanta will send RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 2.92 ERA) to face the Mets at SunTrust Park at 7:20 p.m.