NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Austin Riley homed in, Max Fried won his third straight outing, and the Atlanta Braves cooled off the New York Mets with a 5-2 victory Monday night in the first of 19 meetings between NL East rivals this season. done.
Travis D’Arnaud had three hits and three RBIs against his former team. Fried (3-2) settled in after a rocky start, overtaking Chris Bassett as the defending World Series champions as he took the four-match series opener with only his second comeback win of the year.
Mark Kanha hit his first home run for the division-leading Mets (16-8), who played without manager Buck Showalter. He was suspended for a game about 20 minutes before the first pitch after Major League Baseball-set New York reliever Yoan Lopez deliberately threw at Philadelphia slugger Kyle Schwarber last night.
Lopez, who was selected as a substitute for Triple-A Syracuse after Sunday’s win, received a three-game ban that begins when he returns to the active big league roster – until he appeals. does not.
On a hazy, 53-degree night at Citi Field, Riley started the Braves (11–13) with a leadoff single in the sixth inning. A later, Ozzie Albies grounded a single from the open left side of an overshifted infield and d’Arnaud hoisted a 0-2 slider from Bassit into shallow right field for a tying double.
Adam Duvall’s sacrificial fly gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead, and d’Arnaud added a double pair of eight runs from struggling reliever Trevor May.
Colin McHugh enters the seventh with loaded bases and ends the innings by dismissing Kanha. AJ Minter worked 1-2-3 in eighth place and Kenny Jensen took three outs to perfect seven save chances with his new team.
Fried went in six innings, which included two runs and four hits. The left-handed batsman hit a six and no one moved.
Bassett (3-2) conceded three runs and six hits in seven innings. He hit eight and walked one.
Starling Marte doubled in second and scored on a wild pitch by Fried. Kanha tied it 2-0 in the third.
After that, Fried retired 11 of his last 12 batsmen – hitting one in five. The only one to reach safely was Jeff McNeil on a bunt single.
Riley began his seventh home run of the season, finishing fourth.
In seventh, Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. bid for his first extra-base hit since returning last week from knee surgery last summer for a torn knee ligament. But center fielder Brandon Nimmo jumped at the 408-foot mark to end the innings.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he was not concerned about Acua playing right into the ground on a potentially slick surface after it rained all day in New York. Snitkar said Acuna will likely play a game during Tuesday’s doubleheader.
The teams were to reduce the active roster from 28 players to 26 on Monday. Atlanta selected LHP Kyle Muller and RHP William Woods for Triple-A Gwynet after Sunday’s loss in Texas. New York selected Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse and named the Slumping DH/2B Robinson Canoe for the assignment.
Teams play a single-admission doubleheader on Tuesdays. RHP Charlie Morton (1-2, 7.00 ERA) will open the opener for Atlanta, with RHP Kyle Wright (3-0, 1.13) going in the nightcap. RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.09) and LHP David Peterson will pitch for the Mets, although Showalter will not reveal the order before Monday’s game.
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