ATLANTA (AP) — Brett Baty hit his first major league home run, Starling Marte went deep twice and the New York Mets beat the Braves 9-7 on Wednesday night to end the eight-team streak. Atlanta’s consecutive wins.
After being outscored 18-1 in the first two games of the series, the NL East-leading Mets took a 6-1 lead and barely managed to push their advantage over the Braves to 4 1/2 games. .
Vaughn Grissom hit a two-run single in the ninth, but Trevor May struck out Ronald Acuña Jr. on a flyout to the warm-up court to end the game.
New York got a big boost from Baty, one of the organization’s top prospects who was called up to the majors just a week after being promoted to Triple-A.
Baty, the 12th overall pick in the 2019 draft, first came in the second with a runner on board and the Mets already have a 2-0 lead on back-to-back home runs in the first against Jake Odorizzi.
After taking a ball, Baty connected with an overhanging curve on his first-ever swing in a New York uniform.
As the player sailed up the brick wall to the right, Acuña broke away in hopes of playing a carom. But the ball fell between the wall and the front row of seats, sparking a wild celebration in the stands from Baty’s mother, father, sister and other family members who made the hasty trip to Atlanta to witness his debut.
Baty became the fifth player in Mets history to homer in his first game at bat – the last being Mike Jacobs in 2005.
Atlanta knocked out nemesis Matt Scherzer (9-2) in the seventh without getting a fly ball out of the infield, charging the bases on two steps sandwiched around a dribbler near the mound.
Adam Ottavino seemed to stifle the threat when Grissom found himself in a late set double play. But the call was overturned after a video review, giving Atlanta a run that cut the deficit to 6-2.
Robbie Grossman then made a play of it, throwing a three-run homer that took the Braves to a single run.
It was as close as possible. Pete Alonso’s two-run single highlighted a ninth three-run that allowed some breathing room.
Scherzer shook off a 34-minute rain delay late in the third to beat the Braves for the third time this season. He was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings, despite allowing only three hits and three walks while striking out eight.
It was just what the Mets needed after their last two starting pitchers lasted two innings each before walking away with injuries.
The Mets pounced on Odorizzi (4-5) in the first, home run on consecutive pitches. Marte threw one over the center field wall and Francisco Lindor retired one on the very next field for his 21st home run of the season.
Marte added his 14th home run against Kirby Yates in the seventh for his first multi-home run game since 2019 with the Pirates.
Braves manager Brian Snitker was kicked in the third by plate umpire Will Little after Austin Riley was called on a third strike he thought was high.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (back spasms) underwent an MRI after his short start on Tuesday. Walker may not be able to make his next scheduled start Sunday in Philadelphia, but it doesn’t look like he will be out for an extended period. … Escobar was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday. Manager Buck Showalter hopes he can return as soon as his time is up. … RH Tommy Hunter (lower back tightness) is set to leave IL on Sunday after making another appearance in rehab.
Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies (broken foot) was taking hits on the ground before batting practice, but there’s still no timeline on when he’ll start a rehab assignment.
RH Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.62 ERA) will go for the Mets in Thursday’s series finale, while the Braves were expected to announce their starter after the game. It could be LH Max Fried (10-4, 2.60), who was in IL recovering from a concussion.
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