ATLANTA — The Mets’ ascension up the National League standings came to at least a temporary halt on Saturday, when an old division rival blocked their path. Adonis Garcia‘s walk-off single capped a 10th-inning rally for the Braves, who toppled the Mets, 4-3, to snap their six-game winning streak.
Combined with the Cardinals’ win over the Brewers, the loss dropped the Mets back outside the NL Wild Card picture. They trail St. Louis by a half-game for the NL’s second spot.
After the Mets parlayed a pair of Braves errors into two runs in the first, the clubs engaged in a middle-innings home run derby. Nick Markakis, Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Kemp hit solo shots in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, respectively, making it a 3-3 game heading into extras.
Kemp’s 30th home run
NYM@ATL: Kemp belts his 30th homer on the year
Matt Kemp blasts his 30th home run to left-center field to tie the game at 3 in the bottom of the 6th inning
Mets starter Bartolo Colon notched his fourth quality start in his last five outings, though he received a no-decision. So did Atlanta’s John Gant, a former Mets farmhand who came to the Braves in a trade for Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe in July 2015. Though Gant allowed three runs and did not escape the fifth, only one of them was earned.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Tenth-inning rally: After Dansby Swanson opened the bottom of the 10th inning with a hit off Erik Goeddel, the Mets’ sixth pitcher of the night, A.J. Pierzynski also singled to give the Braves runners at the corners with no outs. Three batters later, Garcia ripped a single up the middle off Josh Smoker to send the Mets to their defeat. The Mets fell to 5-25 in games in which Goeddel has pitched.
Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Braves on Saturday.
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