New York (AFP) – Brandon Drury broke the tie in the seventh inning and right-handed Michael Conforto threw a sprinter onto the board in the ninth to uphold the New York Mets’ 2-1 triumph over the Atlanta Braves. Wednesday night.
The first-placed Mets maintained their five-game lead over the third-place Braves in the NL East by splitting the first four games of the five-game series.
Drury, fighting for loyalist Trevor May, hit the floor of Max Fried 1-0 in the left field bench for Homer’s fourth game of the season, taking him top of the Major League with Pablo Sandoval of the Braves.
May (4-2) hit two goals in a flawless seventh. Aaron Loeb allowed a two-stroke for eighth prior the Jeurys Familia escaped the crowd by hitting Austin Riley and retiring Dansby Swanson on the grounder.
Atlanta nearly tied it for ninth, when Edwin Diaz allowed to double his lead for Abraham Almonte and a single right by hitter Iyer Adrianza. Third base coach Ron Washington waved to Almonte, who was stopped by catcher James McCann following he made a flawless throw from the Conforto on the fly.
Then Diaz made Sandoval come out for his 23rd rescue.
Right-handed Taylor Miguel, on his 26th birthday, closed in on the sixth prior the lonely Homer Riley—third in his final two games for the third baseman for the Braves—finished his night. Miguel gave up five hits and walked one while scoring six in reducing his ERA to 2.04, the second lowest mark for the Mets rookie with seven starts behind only Nolan Ryan (1.99).
Megill also scored the Mets’ first hit in the third, when he kept the burst alive with a two-single single – the second game in a row he’s singled out. Brandon Nemo and Pete Alonso walked solo prior Jeff McNeil drove Miguel home with one song. Extended McNeill hit McNeil’s hitting streak to 15 games.
McNeil finished 2 for 4 hitting 0.396 with 13 RBIs through the streak.
Fried (7-7) took a firm luck loss following giving up two rounds of five strokes and walking twice with nine strokes in seven innings.
Ozzie Albies had two songs for the Braves.
So you say it’s your birthday
Megill becomes the Mets’ eleventh bowler to start on his birthday – Jacob deGrom and Ron Darling have both done so twice – and the second to collect the hit and score the inning. Darling went 2-for-3 with two rounds on his 26th birthday on August 3, 19, 1986.
Megill is the first bowler to have a hit and a hit on his birthday since Geo Gonzalez did it for Milwaukee Brewers on his 33rd birthday in 2018.
Megill is the second major league player in two days to begin his birthday — Brad Keeler turned 26 on Tuesday, when he threw seven runs for the Kansas City Royals — and the tenth to do so this season. Jose Orchidi, Freddy Peralta, Drew Smiley, and Kwang Hyun Kim all won on their birthdays this year.
Homer Riley’s sixth-place finish was his seventh in 18 games at Citifield – more than top Mets rivals such as JT Realmuto (six in 51 games), Jason Wirth (five in 70 games) and Tria Turner (five in 39 games).
The Braves: Jock Pederson (a troubled stomach) is back in the squad following missing Tuesday’s game. … C Travis d’Arnaud (left thumb) is set to begin his rehab job on Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett. …RHP Huascar Ynoa (fractured right hand) is expected to begin his rehab job next Tuesday.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (right forearm) threw from 90 feet and is expected to throw another side on Thursday.
The Braves: LHP Drew Smyly (7-3, 4.30 ERA) knocked off his previous start on Saturday following four rounds due to his left knee in the afternoon but was competent to make his usual work between starts.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-4, 3.43) has given up 12 runs (earned 11) in 4 1/3 runs in his final two games, raising his ERA from 2.50 to a season lofty of 3.43.
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