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Markakis, Riley power Braves to 5-4 win over Mets

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Back to back homers were enough to break the Mets’ backs.

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The Braves got off to a fast start this evening against Steven Matz after the first two Braves batters singled to start the inning. After a Freddie Freeman strikeout and Josh Donaldson hit-by-pitch, Ozzie Albies strolled to the plate and ripped a 2-RBI single (after review) to left field to give Atlanta a quick 2-0 lead.

The Mets, on the other hand, could not get anything started against Julio Teheran early on. It didn’t help much when Atlanta continued to add on after a rain delay interrupted play.

In the third inning Ronald Acuna hit his second single of the game and was immediately sent around via the bat of Dansby Swanson who hammered a double to put the Braves up 3-0.

Then the aftereffects of the rain delay began to take a toll on Teheran. The Mets finally broke through in the bottom of the third thanks to a Dominic Smith homer to cut the lead to 3-1. Julio was forced from the game in the following inning as things continued to spiral when he allowed consecutive doubles to Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil that brought the score ever closer to 3-2.

After Teheran was removed the Braves pen was able to stabilize the game until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Mets were able to take the lead on another hit by Rosario followed by another double from Jeff McNeil to tie things up at three. Then, New York secured the lead on a ground ball single from Robinson Cano.

Thankfully the Braves were able to hold things off there from further damage and got back to work in the top of the eighth inning.

First it was Nick Markakis who nailed a game tying shot deep to left field and on the very next pitch Austin Riley gave the Braves a 5-4 lead with a mammoth blast to deep left field.

With the lead in hand Atlanta turned the game over to Luke Jackson in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jackson had some trouble after starting the inning with an uncharacteristic error by Freddie Freeman followed up by a walk, but was able to wiggle out of it with two strikeouts and a groundball.

Atlanta has won their 50th game of the season before July 1st and are sitting pretty atop the NL East looking to inch closer to the NL leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Atlanta will be looking to secure the sweep tomorrow evening on national television. Stay tuned.