Braves take first place from Mets and have sole possession of NL East for the first time this season


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The New York Mets blew a double-digit lead in the NL East after the Atlanta Braves won Friday night and the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins.

The Mets lost to the Marlins 57-80 on Friday night, dropping their fourth game in the last six, 6-3.

Joely Rodriguez of the New York Mets sits in the dugout after being pulled from an eighth inning game against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park on September 9, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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Despite Pete Alonzo’s home run No. 33, New York couldn’t overcome an early deficit after allowing three runs in the first three innings.

“It’s that time of year, a lot of us can hit that wall,” Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “We have to find a way to break down the wall and do it together. That’s what good teams do, and I’m sure we’ll do it.”

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The Mets’ loss, coupled with Atlanta’s 6-4 win at Seattle later Friday night, puts the Braves atop the NL East for the first time this season.

Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves celebrates a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at T-Mobile Park on September 9, 2022 in Seattle.

Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves celebrates a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at T-Mobile Park on September 9, 2022 in Seattle.
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Atlanta homered four times Friday night, winning its eighth straight game and erasing a 10½-game June deficit in the division.

“That’s what we’re playing these games for: trying to win the division,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That’s our goal. When we came out of spring training, our number 1 goal was to win the division. I think they were great in their approach and the way they got to work.”

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The Braves were seven games behind New York August 8, but have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, going 21-5 since.

Atlanta Braves' Kenley Jansen (74) celebrates with teammates in the playoff against the Seattle Mariners to win 6-4 at T-Mobile Park on September 9, 2022 in Seattle.

Atlanta Braves’ Kenley Jansen (74) celebrates with teammates in the playoff against the Seattle Mariners to win 6-4 at T-Mobile Park on September 9, 2022 in Seattle.
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“It shows how determined we are to win and how badly we want to win,” Braves rookie Michael Harris II said. “We were 10 games behind at one point, and now we’re leading the East. That was our main goal. We got there, and now we’re just trying to keep it.”

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The Mets and Braves will both be in action Saturday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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