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Mets lose Tyhuan Walker, lose to Braves, shrink NL East lead

Atlanta — at least Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom for the next two nights?

Mets can hang on for the rest of the series against the Braves In need of something, and if they can stay on the mound, the presence of their ace is comfort food.

On Tuesday,Tyhuan Walker's back spasm forced the Mets into his second straight bullpen game. However, the lack of offense was the Mets' biggest culprit in his 5–0 loss at his park to Tulst, who cut his NL East lead against the Braves to his 3.5 games.

Taijuan Walker (left) exits the game with back spasms after two scoreless innings and Jeff McNceil walks back to the dugout after striking out during the Mets' 5-0 loss to the Braves.

Mets threw his first two games of this series and he only scored one point. Perhaps an injection from No. 2 pick Brett Beatty, who will be picked out of Triple-A Syracuse before Wednesday's game, could help, but the Mets will also help his 22-year-old third baseman, who was recently promoted to Triple-A. We also know that we cannot rely too much on

Charlie Morton hit his three-run homer last game against the Mets, but this night was a formidable challenge. The veteran right-hander allowed him only three hits, and in 6²/3 innings he stole 12 and was ejected after throwing 97 pitches.

The Mets made it look like Larry in his seventh inning. Francisco Lindor hit his second hit of the game, Daniel Vogelbach walked, Dylan Lee replaced Morton, and he struck out Jeff McNeill with two outs.

Walker pitched his second scoreless inning, but did not emerge from the dugout in the third. The right-hander started off with a back spasm, suggesting he was feeling uncomfortable as he cautiously walked after covering first base to finish second. Álvarez, who had been selected to the roster before the game to provide the 2018 World Cup, started third, replacing Walker. It was Alvarez's first time wearing a major league uniform since Oakland in 2015.

Taijuan Walker

Robbie Grossman hits solo homer in his third, Braves First run to. In the fourth, Austin Riley walked to lead off the inning and Matt Olson hit a 443-foot home run to right field to put the Mets in a 3–0 hole. Olson, whose preseason arrival signaled Freddie Freeman's departure, has 25 home runs.

Allowed consecutive singles following Alvarez, but retired the next three batters. He had one out in the fifth before being replaced by Stephen Nogosek.

Dansby Swanson singled in his seventh inning against Nogosec, Brandon Nimo made an error on a misplay, and Ronald Acuna Jr. allowed the first run. Swanson moved to his second and scored on his RBI single off Olson that extended the Braves lead to his 5–0.