The Mets fell to the Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score
Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game...
1) Zack Wheeler entered the game fresh off of two tremendous outings, but Tuesday was simply not his night. The right-hander gave up a career-high 12 hits over 5.0 innings of work. Wheeler gave up two runs in the first, snapping his 15-inning scoreless streak, and was seemingly never able to find his groove. Ronald Acuna Jr. slammed his 34th home run of the season off of Wheeler in the fourth inning.
2) After the Mets fell behind 2-0 in the first, Jeff McNeil helped get them back in the game in the second. After Wheeler was hit by a pitch with two outs to extend the inning, McNeil singled to left to put the Mets on the board for the first time. In the ninth. though, McNeil tried to beat out a ground ball at first and started limping.
3) Juan Lagares got the start for the Mets in center field, and he contributed in a big way at the plate. The right-hander recorded four hits on the night. It was his first three-hit performance since May 2018.
4) Jeurys Familia gave the Mets his second straight strong outing. After striking out the side in Sunday's game against the Nationals, Familia showed confidence again on Tuesday. Luis Avilan got into a bit of a jam, allowing two runners to reach with two outs. Familia came into the game and struck out Charlie Culberson swinging to end the threat.
5) Trailing 5-1 in the eighth, the Mets tried to start a rally. Pete Alonso and JD Davis both singled to start the inning, and after a Wilson Ramos fielder's choice, Alonso came around to score on a Michael Conforto fielder's choice. Todd Frazier kept things going by hitting a single to left, bringing Lagares to the plate as the potential tying run. Lagares hit a tough-hopper to first that glanced off Freddie Freeman, making it a 5-3 game. Pinch-hitter Joe Panik grounded out to end the inning.
The Mets and Braves continue their three-game series in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Steven Matz (7-7, 4.49 ERA) will take the ball against Braves lefty Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.83 ERA) at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.