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Kurt Suzuki exits game after getting struck in the head by backswing

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Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki survived a frightening moment after getting hit in the head with a bat during Sunday’s series finale against the Padres. In the second, Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran put down a 3-2 slider and induced his third swinging strikeout to end the inning, but Raffy Lopez swung around and inadvertently clipped Suzuki on the right side of his head as he struck out.

Suzuki was attended to by a team trainer before exiting the field. The veteran backstop underwent a mid-game evaluation and is listed as day-to-day for the time being. Prior to his early departure, he went 0-for-1 with a fly out against San Diego lefty Matt Strahm.

Backup catcher Tyler Flowers stepped in for Suzuki to start the third inning. Not a single Padres batter has reached base via hit in the first six innings of the game.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.