Brandon Nimmo hit two solo home runs, Tylor Megill allowed one hit in five scoreless innings and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Friday night, snapping the NL East champions’ six-game winning streak.
One night after clinching their fourth straight division title, the Braves played just three regulars: second baseman Ozzie Albies, left fielder Eddie Rosario and Austin Riley, who moved from third to first base.
The Mets scored in the fourth when Francisco Lindor led off with a walk and Pete Alonso, who went 3 for 4, doubled him home to make it 1-0. Alonso took third on shortstop Orlando Arcia’s errant throw to the plate. He was initially called out, but a video review showed that he beat Ehire Adrianza’s tag.
New York scored again in the inning on James McCann’s RBI single. Braves starter Huascar Ynoa (4-6) struck out Megill to strand the bases loaded.
Megill (4-6) didn’t allow a first hit until Albies singled to center with one out in the fourth. Albies stole second but was stranded on Riley’s strikeout and Rosario’s groundout.
Megill hopes to carry his final start of the season into 2022, when he’ll be a candidate to stay in the rotation.
“Very important,” he said. “Being able to go out there and throw well and that high that you threw well and you had success going into the offseason knowing that you finished strong. Keep that momentum going through the offseason and get ready for the next.”
Nimmo’s seventh homer put New York up 3-0 in the fifth off Ynoa. Nimmo’s eighth, coming off Spencer Strider in the seventh, made it 4-1. Both landed in the right-field seats.
“Tonight we saw him getting ready actually early and landing in a strong position and being able to extend the bat,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “He’s a strong human being, and if he gets himself in a position where he can get the barrel out there, things like this can happen. There is power in it.”
Rosario hit his 14th homer in the seventh off Heath Hembree, cutting the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Adrianza homered off Trevor May in the eighth, and the Braves had two runners in scoring position when the eighth ended on Orlando Arcia’s lineout.
Edwin Díaz earned his 32nd save in 38 chances by working the ninth.
The Mets, assured of their fourth losing record in five years, are 30-49 on the road.
Megill, who walked one and struck out six, had lost his last two starts and had 12.86 ERA during that stretch. He had given up 12 homers in his previous six starts.
Jeurys Familia gave up Atlanta’s second hit, a single by Adrianza in the sixth. Adrianza scored on Albies’ double, trimming the lead to 3-1.
Ynoa, who hasn’t won since May 9, allowed three runs, six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings. He is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA in six starts this month.
“He’s not a finished product yet,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s still learning, but overall I thought his stuff was good tonight.”
Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman had treatment on his right elbow, which was hit by 100 mph pitch the night before. Freeman was among the starters given the night off.
Mets OF Kevin Pillar faced Jacob Webb for the first time since Webb hit him in the face with a pitch on May 17, striking out with runners on first and third in the sixth.
New York 2B Javier Báez’s career-best 23-game on-base streak ended when he went 0 for 4. He hit .386 with 18 runs, four doubles, four homers, 13 RBIs, 10 walks and five stolen bases during the streak.
The Braves selected RHP Strider to Atlanta, recalled LHP Dylan Lee to Atlanta, optioned LHP Sean Newcomb to Triple-A Gwinnett and placed RHP Edgar Santana on the 10-day injured list with a strained right intercostal muscle.
Mets RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-4, 5.73) will face a yet-to-be-determined starter for Atlanta as the teams play the second game of a three-game series.