The Mets claim their first meeting with the Braves

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ATLANTA — Drew Smith limped slightly as he walked around the Mets’ clubhouse late Monday night.
As Smith took a seat in front of his locker, teammate Brooks Raley came over to check on him.
It may be fair to say the Mets did not win this game so much as survive it.
By the end of the third inning, the Mets’ win expectancy had fallen to 13 percent.
Martinez been fit enough to join the Mets in Atlanta — splashed a go-ahead, two-run homer into a landscaped pool beyond the center-field fence.
The Braves have, nearly every year, which made them a notable early season litmus test for the Mets.
Even after Stewart’s homer, Atlanta just kept coming, grinding out at-bat after at-bat against Smith and López.
Michael Harris II followed with an RBI hit, then stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position.


ATLANTA — Late on Monday night, Drew Smith staggered a little bit as he moved through the Mets’ clubhouse. Teammate Brooks Raley approached Smith as he was sitting in front of his locker to see how he was doing. Smith awarded Raley for his collision with a padded railing and subsequent leg collision with a TV camera by rolling up his right pant leg and revealing the bruise he sustained in the eighth inning of an 8-7 victory over the Braves.

It’s possible to argue that the Mets barely prevailed in this game. The Mets needed two game-tying home runs from Brandon Nimmo to pull off multiple comebacks against their longtime rivals in the National League East, and an unlikely game-winning shot from DJ Stewart to secure a lead that would last. They then desperately clung to each other.

From the visiting clubhouse, reliever Reed Garrett said, “To be honest, I was nervous in here, and I wasn’t even in the game anymore.”. “Tense. Happy. After all, winning is the reason we’re here. “.

This would not have been the script if manager Carlos Mendoza had written it beforehand. The Mets are still licking their wounds from their season-opening homestand, which featured three rainouts that forced them to play a doubleheader on their day off and two games that went into extra innings. Then came three close games in Cincinnati that forced Mendoza to rely largely on his best relievers. Mendoza was adamant on Monday that he would not use Edwin Díaz, Adam Ottavino, or Raley because he did not want to overwork those arms at this early point in the season.

A fifth player was placed on the injured list and four of the Mets’ top nine starters were placed in the Minor Leagues, which further complicated matters and forced them to enter free agency before the season had even begun. Julio Teheran didn’t fare well in his debut on Monday against his former team, giving up four runs in the third inning and getting just eight outs in total. The Mets had a 13% chance of winning by the end of the third inning.

Nimmo, however, tied the score in the fifth with a three-run home run off Charlie Morton and again in the seventh with a solo shot. Following Garrett’s seventh out and retreating to the clubhouse, Stewart, a seldom used bench player who was 0-for-12 on the season and may have already been removed from the roster, recorded J. an inning later. B. Martinez, who was healthy enough to sign a contract with the Mets in Atlanta, launched a game-winning two-run home run into the redesigned pool outside the center-field fence.

The Braves have been a notable early-season litmus test for the Mets, almost every year. Atlanta consistently produced at-bat after at-bat against Smith and López, even following Stewart’s home run. López entered for the ninth inning and gave up an opposite-field, leadoff double after Smith stranded the bases loaded in the eighth with his leg beginning to throb. Tyrone Taylor had to move from his feet in order to catch a ball that Marcell Ozuna, the following batter, sent to the warning track. After scoring an RBI single, Michael Harris II stole second base to advance the tying run into scoring position.

After all, Travis d’Arnaud hit a sharp fly ball 373 feet to right-center field, drawing cheers from the announced 37,538 spectators. Smith claimed he had to turn up the volume on his PitchCom device just to hear his catcher’s calls. Starling Marte ran after it, following it almost to the fence.

Speaking to the team in the postgame clubhouse, Nimmo brought up the Mets’ 0-5 start to the season as well as the individual struggles of players like Stewart, Jeff McNeil, Francisco Lindor, and himself. Now that things are beginning to look up for each of them, the Mets have triumphed in four of their previous five games, including a victory over the team they haven’t often been able to defeat when it matters most.

With regards to the Mets’ first four-run comeback in Atlanta in eight years, Nimmo remarked, “It’s nice to kind of do what they’ve done to us a few times.”. They form an incredibly strong squad. They don’t give up. All you’re attempting to do is contain them for as long as possible. “.

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