New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis

Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IJune 18, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 18: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 18, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Monday night, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves game ended in heartbreak for the Mets when Freddie Freeman hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to spoil a brilliant pitching performance by Dillon Gee.

Tuesday afternoon, the two teams did battle in the first game of a doubleheader, and the Mets were able to take advantage of another fine pitching performance.

Young phenom Matt Harvey has been nothing short of dominant this year and after the Mets took an early 2-0 lead, he responded by holding the Braves without a hit until Jason Heyward singled to lead off the seventh inning.

For the Braves, left-hander Alex Wood made his first Major League start just over a year after being drafted in the second round of the MLB draft out of Georgia.

Wood struggled to get quick outs and his high pitch count and blister on his pitching hand forced the Braves to use the bullpen early.

The Mets tacked on two runs in the eighth to make it a 4-0 game, but the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Harvey had 13 strikeouts over seven innings, but the Braves got to him for two hits and a walk once he tired in the eighth inning and all three runs that scored were charged to him.

Bobby Parnell came in for a four out save to nail down a 4-3 win the Mets absolutely had to have. Matt Harvey got his first win since May 17 and now the attention turns to Zack Wheeler who makes his MLB debut in the second game of the doubleheader.