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The Mets sank in a late-series loss to the Braves as the lead in the National League East dwindled.

Atlanta — Now wasn't the time for the Mets to end an impressive series of series wins or ties, but perhaps they were just lucky not to be wiped out. 49}

Either way, the heroes seem determined to stay. Thursday night, the Mets squandered an acceptable series split chance, two ground balls turned into runs, and Turst saw them padded in his 3-2 loss to the Braves at the Park. rice field. 

After winning or tying his first 16 series against the NL East this season, the Mets won his fourth game against defending champions in the World Series. left town with three losses. The Mets lead the Braves in the NL East by his 3.5 games. The team still has three games left, starting September 30 in Atlanta. 

Jacob deGrom pitches on Thursday during the Mets' loss to the Braves.
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Dansby Swanson, left, celebrates with Matt Olson after scoring in the third inning.
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Seth Lugo replaced Jacob deGrom for two outs in the seventh, allowing Michael Harris II to double a ground ball to Vaughn Grissom. obtained. at the go-ahead run. Grissom continued to run down the pitch and struck out first baseman Darrin Ruff's relay throw to the plate after Brandon Nimmo, who played in center field, recovered a ground ball from the hole. 

After retiring in his 12th straight, deGrom allowed rookie third baseman Brett an infield hit from his Batty grab, the last batter he faced, Grissom in the seventh. . The Mets ace recorded a season-high 6²/3 innings and his 95 pitches. Overall, he allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits with 9 strikeouts and increased his ERA to 2.31. 

In his third inning, he had three solid hits against deGrom, leading the Braves 2–0. Dansby Swanson hit a two-out RBI double before Austin Riley's next single brought in another run. Robbie Grossman's single started the inning. 

Max Freed returned from the concussion list, and in seven innings he allowed four hits and six strikeouts, allowing his two earned runs. The lefty's last appearance came on August 6, when he allowed four runs (two earned) against the Mets at Citi Field. After that start, he was diagnosed with a concussion caused by hitting his head on the ground while trying to throw home. 

Dansby Swanson connects on an RBI double in the third inning.
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Mark Kana hit his two-run homer in the fifth. and tied the score. It 2-2. The blast was Kanha's eighth of the season, and Freed's first allowed in his last 11 starts spanned a 69¹/₃ inning. Cleared the left field fence.