The New York Mets (25-40) traveled to Turner Field Monday night for the first of a five-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (42-28).
Both teams were coming off of wins, but had been struggling as of late. The Braves took the last two games of their most recent series against the San Francisco Giants, but they had lost their previous four games, including a sweep at the hands of the San Diego Padres.
The Mets, meanwhile, won a wild game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday in which Kirk Nieuwenhuis' game-winning three-run homer erased some poor fielding. The win, though, was just their third in the last 13 games.
A three hour, 43 minute rain delay, during some of which there was no rain, delayed the start of the game until 10:53 p.m. ET. The game itself was shorter than the delay, lasting just two hours and 28 minutes.
Dillon Gee did everything for the Mets, pitching a complete game and driving in his team's only run in the seventh inning. However it wasn't enough. Despite allowing just five hits, Gee's last pitch was taken deep by Atlanta's Freddie Freeman for the game-winning two-run home run. Freeman carried the Braves all night; his three hits were more than the rest of his teammates had combined.
Looking ahead, the two teams have a quick turnaround as they will face off tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. ET in the first game of a doubleheader. The projected starters are Matt Harvey for the Mets and Alex Wood for the Braves. The nightcap will pit New York's Zack Wheeler, making his major league debut, against Paul Maholm.
Braves win 2-1