Acuña, Rosario lead Braves previous Mets 9-6 in NL East showdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Possibly these Mets followers out in proper area ought to simply go away Ronald Acuña Jr. alone.

Razzed at Citi Subject with 40,000-plus available, Acuña matched his profession excessive with 4 hits and robbed Pete Alonso of a two-run homer because the Atlanta Braves constructed an enormous early lead and beat New York 9-6 on Friday evening to rebound rapidly of their NL East showdown.

“It was all evening — however I like that. I like that, simply because it form of offers me that motivation to play additional laborious,” Acuña stated by means of a translator. “I feel tonight’s recreation felt like a playoff recreation.”

Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer within the first inning and an RBI double within the second to assist the Braves open an 8-0 cushion. Rookie heart fielder Michael Harris II additionally went deep and threw out a runner on the plate.

“That child’s every little thing — and he can do every little thing,” Acuña stated.

William Contreras added a solo homer within the ninth, and the Braves prevented their first three-game dropping streak of the yr. The final group to go this deep right into a season with no three-game skid was the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who set the foremost league mark by not dropping three in a row till a four-game slide from video games Nos. 147-150, in keeping with the Elias Sports activities Bureau.

Mets starter Taijuan Walker (9-3) managed solely three outs in a uncommon however premature flop, and his teammates had been unable to recuperate. Atlanta moved again inside 3 1/2 video games of first-place New York after dropping the opener of the five-game sequence Thursday evening.

“That was nice, ‘trigger I imply, that child’s been throwing the ball actually, rather well. He is having a very good yr,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “In order that was good to come back out and rating these runs early.”

Walker gave up a one-out double to Dansby Swanson within the first, then caught his cleat on the mound throughout an aborted supply to Matt Olson. The baseball fell out of Walker’s fingers and dribbled towards the plate for a ball, and the right-hander by no means seemed proper after that.

He was checked by pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and an athletic coach. Walker threw a warmup pitch and remained within the recreation, however allowed an RBI double to Olson and hit Austin Riley with a pitch earlier than Rosario lofted a 1-2 splitter into the right-field seats for his third homer this season.

Alonso tried to get the Mets proper again in it within the backside half, however Acuña leaped above the right-field wall to make a terrific catch. He pounded his chest, and Braves starter Ian Anderson raised his arm in celebration.

“I can see his motor beginning to run a bit of bit, too, offensively. In order that’s actually, actually good,” Snitker stated about Acuña, who additionally received his twenty third stolen base. “It is coming.”

Rosario and Acuña each pointed to their ring fingers — a reminder of final yr’s World Collection championship — to have fun huge moments Friday evening.

Harris led off the second along with his tenth residence run and Walker permitted 4 straight hits earlier than he was pulled. He was charged with eight runs and 7 hits as his ERA rose from 2.79 to three.45.

“Simply wasn’t a superb day for me. Did not have my finest stuff and was a type of begins. I do not need it to occur in an enormous sequence like this, nevertheless it did,” Walker stated. “I did not do my job at present. The bullpen needed to put on it, which I am not happy with, in any respect.”

New York reduce it to 8-5 and chased Anderson in a four-run fifth that included a two-run double by pinch-hitter Darin Ruf in his first Mets plate look after being acquired from San Francisco at Tuesday’s commerce deadline.

“It takes a bit of little bit of the stress off,” Ruf stated.

Jeff McNeil had an RBI single and so did pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar.

“Our guys saved grinding,” Mets supervisor Buck Showalter stated. “We had been in a position to get to an excellent pitcher final evening they usually had been in a position to get to an excellent pitcher at present.”

Anderson was eliminated one out wanting qualifying for a win. AJ Minter (5-3) struck out three in 1 1/3 excellent innings, and Raisel Iglesias whiffed two in a scoreless eighth after giving up a leadoff double.

It was Iglesias’ debut with the Braves after he was obtained from the Angels simply earlier than Tuesday’s commerce deadline.

McNeil homered off nearer Kenley Jansen within the ninth.

OUT OF CHARACTER

The Mets had gone 27 video games with out permitting greater than 5 runs, the longest such streak by an enormous league group this yr and the most effective in franchise historical past.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: RHP Darren O’Day (strained left calf) was set to start a rehab project at Excessive A Rome. O’Day has been sidelined since July 12. … RHP Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgical procedure) will pitch once more Sunday for Triple-A Gwinnett. Yates threw in back-to-back video games for Gwinnett on Tuesday and Wednesday for the primary group since he was injured in August 2020.

UP NEXT

The groups play a day-night doubleheader Saturday. RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.75 ERA) makes his Atlanta debut within the first recreation, and LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.58) will begin the second. Odorizzi was acquired from Houston for Will Smith reliever at Tuesday’s commerce deadline.

Mets LHP David Peterson (5-2, 3.54 ERA) will get the ball within the opener, adopted by ace right-hander Max Scherzer (7-2, 2.13).

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