The New York Mets (62-72) dropped their series with the Atlanta Braves (70-64) with a 6-1 loss Thursday night at Citi Field. Mike Minor did it all, tossing seven-plus innings of one-run ball, while chipping in offensively with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. The Braves pounded out fourteen hits on the night, while holding the Mets to just four of their own. With the loss, the Mets now sit 9.5 games behind San Francisco, who won Thursday afternoon, in the NL Wild Card race.
- Minor started the scoring in support of his own cause in the second inning, singling home Andrelton Simmons to put the Braves up 1-0.
- The score remained the same until the eighth inning, when Emilio Bonifacio tripled home Minor to make it a two-run ballgame. Freddie Freeman followed that up with a RBI single of his own that drove home Bonifacio for some extra insurance.
- Eric Campbell produced the lone Met run with a RBI single in the bottom of the eighth that scored Travis d'Arnaud. It was just one of four hits the Mets got on the night, with Campbell finishing 1-for-3, bringing his average to .294 on the season.
- That was all the Mets could muster off Minor (W, 6-8), who finished with a line of one run allowed on four hits over seven-plus innings, while striking out five.
- Mets starter Jonathon Niese (L, 7-10) allowed three runs (all earned) on nine hits while walking one and striking out five.
- The Braves gave themselves all the cushion they'd need in the ninth, as Ryan Doumit belted his fourth homer of the season, a 410' blast to center off Daisuke Matsuzaka and also brought home Phil Gosselin. Bonifacio struck again later in the inning, singling home Jason Heyward for the Braves' sixth run.
Player of the Game
- Minor easily takes home player of the game honors for his effort, providing more offense than any individual Met batter, while also throwing a whale of a ballgame
What's on Deck
The Mets will host the Philadelphia Phillies for three this weekend at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) faces David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) in the opener, with first pitch set for 7:10 PM Friday.
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