Result: The Mets lost to the Braves, 3-2, Wednesday night in Flushing.
Need to Know: Zack Wheeler gave up three early runs before settling in. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and the Mets were unable to overcome the deficit. Wheeler allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out seven. The Braves did not record a hit off Wheeler from the fourth inning on.
The Mets came within inches of tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. With a run already across in the inning, the Mets had a man on third with two out. Braves SS Andrelton Simmons then made a spectacular play on a grounder in the hole to get Travis d’Arnaud out at first by a step, preventing the run from scoring.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets fell short once again. Ruben Tejada came to the plate with one out and two men in scoring position. Tejada hit a weak grounder to third with the infield in, getting Eric Campbell thrown out at home.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy sat out for a second straight game. Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in the second. Juan Lagares and Campbell each had a two-hit night.
What’s Next: Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47) is on the mound for the Mets in Thursday’s series finale. Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90) gets the start for Atlanta. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.