Seth Lugo pitched two-hit ball over six innings, and Travis d’Arnaud hit a record-setting homer for the Mets in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves on Monday night, splitting a doubleheader.
D’Arnaud’s solo shot in the eighth inning helped the Mets rebound from a 9-2 loss in the opener. It was the 219th homer for the Mets, a franchise season record. The sparse crowd at Citi Field jeered when the home run apple did not rise after d’Arnaud’s homer, then cheered when it finally appeared three batters later.
Lugo (7-5) turned in the best performance of his career, allowing just two singles. Lugo struck out seven, did not issue a walk and retired the final 12 batters he faced as the Mets won for just the third time in 15 games.
Brandon Nimmo matched a career high with three hits in the nightcap, including a single off starter Max Fried (1-1) that led off the third. Juan Lagares, who had four hits in the two games, hit the next pitch back to the mound, and Fried’s throw went well over the head of first baseman Rio Ruiz for a two-base error. Asdrubal Cabrera grounded to second to score the first run, and d’Arnaud followed with a double to deep center field to score Lagares.
Atlanta mounted rallies in each of the last two innings, finally breaking through against Jeurys Familia in the ninth. Kurt Suzuki singled to begin the rally, and Freddie Freeman reached on a fielding error by Familia. Johan Camargo grounded out to advance the runners, and Jace Peterson then singled to left to end the shutout bid.
Pinch-hitter Matt Kemp grounded to first to score Freeman, but Familia rebounded to retire pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers on a grounder to third for his fifth save and his second since his return after an operation to remove a blood clot in his right arm.