The Atlanta Braves fell to the New York Mets 4-1 in the first outing of a three game National League East set at Truist Park on Monday evening. The first-place Mets are now two and a half games over the second-place Braves in the division.
Max Fried was charged with the loss after giving up two runs and five hits, walking five, and striking out five over just five innings. Max Scherzer was credited with the win for New York. Edwin Diaz got the save.
The Mets jumped on the board with two runs in the top of the third on an RBI double by Pete Alonso and a ground out by Luis Guillorme. Austin Riley got the Braves on the board with a solo home run in the seventh.
But that was the lone run scored by the Braves, and the Mets notched two more on a solo shot by Guillorme in the eighth and a ground out by Alonso in the ninth to win the game, again, by a final score of 4-1.
Robinson Cano, formerly with the New York Mets, had a pair of hits during his Braves debut on Monday night.
The Braves will face the Mets again tonight at 7:20 pm. Listen locally on the airwaves of WLAQ 1410 AM/96.9 FM; air time is 6:05 pm.
In other news from the Atlanta Braves – Austin Riley has been selected as the National League Player of the Week, and Ronald Acuna Jr. has been tapped to participate in the Home Run Derby that will be held next Monday night as part of All Star Game festivities in Los Angeles.
In a minor league update, the Rome Braves had a scheduled off day Monday and will return to action tonight with the opener of a six-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at AdventHealth Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7 pm. Rome finished a six-game sweep at home of the Asheville Tourists this past Sunday.