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Michael Harris II helps Braves squeak past Mets

Aug 18, 2022; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Harris II drove in the go-ahead run with a seeing-eye double in the seventh inning to send the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 win over the visiting New York Mets on Thursday.

The victory gave the Braves a 3-1 series win and cut the Mets’ lead in the N.L. East to 3 1/2 games. It is the first time the Mets have lost a series to a division opponent this season.

The winning rally started when Vaughn Grissom, the second-youngest player in the National League, singled off starter Jacob deGrom, who had retired 12 straight batters.

With deGrom at 95 pitches, Mets manager Buck Showalter called on reliever Seth Lugo. Lugo gave up a well-placed grounder to Harris, the youngest player in the majors. Grissom, who was running on the pitch, was able to slide home ahead of the relay throw.

Atlanta starter Max Fried (11-4) showed no rust in his first start since Aug. 6, when he was sent to the concussion injured list after hitting his head on the ground. The lefty allowed two runs on four hits and six strikeouts. His lone mistake was allowing a two-run homer to Mark Canha, who hit a slider on the eighth pitch of the at-bat for his eighth homer of the season.

The Mets went down fighting. James McCann doubled in the eighth but was stranded there when Raisel Iglesias entered and retired Starling Marte. Francisco Lindor led off the ninth with a single but Braves closer Kenley Jansen got the next three outs to earn his 28th save.

DeGrom (2-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and nine strikeouts. It was his first loss to the Braves since June 28, 2019.

The Braves opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning. Dansby Swanson doubled home Robbie Grossman, then scored on Austin Riley’s line drive single to center field.

–Field Level Media