It didn’t seem like the Mets were ever going to lose again, but they have at long last dropped a game. They fell 6-1 to the Yankees on Friday night, suffering their first defeat since April 11, ending a streak of 11 consecutive victories. They now sit with a 13-4 record, still best in the National League.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom wasn’t sharp, as he allowed three homers in his five innings of work. Two of those were hit by Mark Teixeira — both two-run shots in the first and third innings. Ellsbury hit the other, a solo shot also in the third.
Meanwhile, Yankees starter Michael Pineda was strong, limiting the Mets to one run in his 7 2/3 innings of work. The Mets plated their only run of the game in the sixth, when Lucas Duda brought home Curtis Granderson with a sacrifice fly.
The “Subway Series” continues over the weekend. Matt Harvey and CC Sabathia square off on Saturday afternoon, and Jon Niese faces Nathan Eovaldi on Sunday night.
The Braves clinched a postseason berth with Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Nationals. Now, the only question is whether they’ll get there with an NL East division title or via one of two wild card spots currently up for grabs.
Granted, things are looking pretty good on the division title front. After losing their second straight game to the Braves, the Nationals sit 10.5 games back of first place in the NL East, and every other division rival is at least 15 games out. The Braves, meanwhile, carry a magic number of four; should they clinch, it’ll be their 19th franchise title and 14th since they migrated to the East division in 1994.
They certainly looked like postseason contenders on Saturday. Mike Foltynewicz led the charge with six innings of one-run, five-strikeout ball, limiting the Nationals to four hits while rookie right-hander Austin Voth kept the Braves scoreless through 5 2/3 frames. Things started to tip in Atlanta’s favor in the sixth inning: Nick Markakis put the team on the board with an RBI single, and a four-run breakout in the seventh helped cement a sizable lead. Over the last three innings, the Braves found opportunity after opportunity against the Nationals’ bullpen, capitalizing on walks, throwing errors, and productive outs as they climbed toward a double-digit finish.
The win didn’t come without some sacrifice, however. The Braves lost Charlie Culberson to a facial injury after he was struck by a Fernando Rodney fastball in the seventh inning, and they’ll likely be without him for the remainder of the regular season — pending a formal diagnosis, of course. Culberson’s loss isn’t the only one the club is feeling right now, either, as Johan Camargo ended his season with a hairline fracture in his right shin and Freddie Freeman is playing through a minor bout of elbow soreness after making an early exit from Friday’s 5-0 shutout.