Braves Unable to Protect Lead in Rubber Game

Braves5Down five runs at one point, the Mets clubbed four homers Sunday en route to their biggest comeback of the season in a 10-8 win over the Braves at Citi Field.  Juan Lagares completed the comeback with a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth, giving the Mets a two-run lead — their first of the game. A patchwork bullpen took it from there, leaning on Jeurys Familia’s four-out save to hold Atlanta scoreless over the final five innings.
Most of the early afternoon belonged to the Braves, who assaulted Mets spot starter Dillon Gee with an eight-run barrage over 3 2/3 innings. But Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz gave most of that back, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and departing with one out in the fifth. The Mets’ 25th-ranked offense then completed the rally against Luis Avilan and Atlanta’s 27th-ranked bullpen.
The Braves have now lost each of the past three games in which they have scored at least eight runs. They went 135-2 when scoring at least eight runs from 2009-14.
Atlanta will begin a two-game series against the Red Sox on Monday at 6:10 p.m. CT.  You can hear that broadcast here on Thunder Radio beginning at 6:00 PM.  Williams Perez will make his scheduled start, despite having completed a scoreless inning of relief to complete Saturday’s 11-inning win over the Mets. Perez threw just nine pitches in the “emergency” relief appearance.