The Mets came back to tie the game but the bullpen couldn’t hold and the Braves walked off with the win.
ATLANTA — Like clockwork, the Mets bullpen gave up a lead. In their defense, it was a slim lead with a lot of outs to pick up. Same story, different night, different pitcher.
Atlanta’s Rio Ruiz pinch-hit an RBI single off Fernando Salas (0-2) in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Dansby Swanson from second and break a 2-2 tie and help the Braves top the Mets 3-2 on Friday night at SunTrust Park.
Matt Harvey limited the damage in five scoreless innings, but he threw 105 pitches and forced the Mets to go to the bullpen early. Paul Sewald was brought in to start the sixth with a 1-0 lead and when he exited the Mets were down 2-1.
Matt Kemp doubled to the left field corner to lead off and with two outs, Danny Santana was intentionally walked. Swanson, the No. 9 hitter who started the day hitting just .208, doubled to the same spot as Kemp to drive in both runners.
But Travis d’Arnaud homered in the seventh to the game. The bullpen kept it tied
Curtis Granderson homered in the third to put the Mets on the board, his sixth this season and his second this month.
Harvey: Went five scoreless innings, scattering five hits, walking two and striking out three.
What’s next: The Mets will play a double-header on Saturday to make up for a rainout earlier this season.
RHP Robert Gsellman (4-3, 5.53) vs. TBA; SunTrust Park, 1 p.m., ET (SNY, MLBN, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM)
LHP Steven Matz vs. TBA; 6 p.m., ET (PIX11, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM)