Mets Tie MLB Record with 26 Strikeouts in 14-Inning Loss vs. Braves

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 23:   Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets in action against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 23, 2019 in New York City. Teams are wearing special color schemed uniforms with players choosing nicknames to display for Players Weekend. The Braves defeated the Mets 2-1 in fourteen innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Eight New York Mets pitchers combined to tie an MLB record with 26 strikeouts Friday night during a 2-1 loss in 14 innings to the NL East rival Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

ESPN Stats & Info noted the Mets became the fifth team to record 26 K's in a game, while the Braves joined the 2004 Milwaukee Brewers as the only teams to win despite that many strikeouts.

Jacob deGrom started for New York and punched out 13 Braves across seven one-run innings. He was followed by Seth Lugo (four K's), Edwin Diaz (two), Luis Avilan (one), Brad Brach (one), Paul Sewald (one), Justin Wilson (one) and Jeurys Familia (three).

DeGrom also provided the Mets' only offense with a solo homer in the sixth to level the score after MVP candidate Freddie Freeman gave the Braves the lead with an RBI single.

Billy Hamilton, who was claimed off waivers by Atlanta from the Kansas City Royals on Monday, played the role of hero with an RBI single in the 14th.

The loss dropped the Mets 10 games behind the East-leading Braves.

New York and Atlanta have two games left in the weekend series at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler will try to pick up where deGrom left off for the Mets on Saturday, while Max Fried takes the hill for the Braves.