Braves vs. Mets: Live updates with control of NL East up for grabs in crucial series finale – CBS Sports

  • October 3, 2022

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The Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday night (box score), completing a three-game sweep that included wins against Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer and extending their lead in the National League East to two games. Both the Braves and Mets have three contests remaining on their regular season schedule. 
The Braves took a lead immediately in the bottom of the first, with Dansby Swanson hitting a home run for a third consecutive game. The Mets would answer back, and would hold a 3-1 lead of their own. Yet the Braves jumped back ahead on a sequence that saw Matt Olson walk with the bases loaded and Travis d’Arnaud drive in two with a subsequent single. 
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Olson would later extend the Braves’ lead to 5-3 with a home run. As with the aforementioned Swanson, Olson homered in each game of the series. They were the first Braves to homer in every game of a Mets series since Andruw Jones in 2006:
Dansby Swanson has homered in all three games this series. The last Brave to homer in every game of a three-game series versus the Mets was Andruw Jones, who did it from April 17-19, 2006, at Shea Stadium. Jones homered four times in that series.

(H/t Braves PR)
They’re also the first pair of Braves to hit a homer in each game of a three-game set since Eddie Matthews and Lee Maye in 1961:
Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson have each hit a HR in every game of this 3-game series against the Mets.

They are the 2nd pair of Braves teammates to hit a HR in each game of a 3-game series, joining Eddie Matthews and Lee Maye, who did so against the Giants in 1961.
The Braves’ bullpen, for its part, threw four-plus scoreless innings in relief of Charlie Morton, who finished his night having surrendered three runs on nine hits in 4 ⅓ innings. 
Here are three other things worth knowing about Sunday’s game.
The Braves now hold a two-game lead in the division with three left to play. The sweep helps them in another sense, as it earned them the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series. Keep in mind, MLB did away with tiebreaker games this season in conjunction with installing the expanded postseason.
The Mets, then, can win the division only if they win it outright. They would need to win out and have the Braves lose out in order to pull that off. Otherwise, a single Braves win or Mets loss would clinch the division for Atlanta.
Oh, by the way, the Braves are also now in line to be the No. 2 seed in the NL. That means they’ll earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Mets, for their part, are in line to host a best-of-three Wild Card series.
Some players are extra motivated to play their old clubs. Braves backstop Travis d’Arnaud might be one of those. Since he was released by the Mets during the 2019 season, he’s made a point out of torturing them at every turn. 
d’Arnaud is now hitting .333 (25-for-75) with seven doubles, four homers and 20 RBIs in the 22 games he’s played against the Mets since they released him in 2019
Per’s Mark Bowman, d’Arnaud’s bases-loaded single made him 25-for-75 with seven doubles, four home runs, and 20 runs batted in 22 contests against the Mets in the time since.
The Braves will head to Miami to play three games against the Marlins. The Mets, meanwhile, will welcome the Washington Nationals to town for three games. The Braves and Mets, like everyone else, will wrap up their regular seasons on Wednesday.
This team is incredible.
you can rt this if your bullpen was unconscious for the last 3 days
What. A. Night!#ForTheA
I went forward in time to view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict.
I saw fourteen million, six hundred and five.

How many of those did we win?

One ☝️
FINAL: #Mets 3, Atlanta 5
Break out the brooms!@TruistNews | #ForTheA
Orlando ➡️ Dans ➡️ Matty = Inning over!#ForTheA
We’re through the top of the eighth. The Braves will be three outs away from a two-game division lead and the tiebreaker. 
We’re through seven full innings. Braves continue to lead 5-3. They’re six outs away from having their magic number drop to one.
Braves are now six outs from a sweep.
.@mattolson21 knew 💪#ForTheA
Braves lead 5-3 through six innings. Braves nine outs away from a sweep.
Matty MAMMO!@mattolson21 | #ForTheA
Matt Olson stays hot. A home run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Braves a 5-3 lead.
McHugh punches out Lindor to end the top of the sixth. Atlanta is nine outs away from a two-game lead in the East and the tiebreaker advantage. 
Braves continue to lead 4-3 through the top of the fifth. This is a bullpen game on both sides now.
Morton with a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth. Braves up 4-3 heading into their half of the frame.
We see you, Braves Country!#ForTheA
October baseball! #ForTheA
The Braves have regained the lead. Travis d’Arnaud drove in two with a bases-loaded single. Braves up 4-3 in the third with the Mets going to the bullpen.
Olson walks. It’s 3-2 Mets. 
Matt Olson, who has been hot lately, up with the bases loaded and a 3-1 count. Braves trail 3-1 in the third.
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