After a back-to-back walk to Brandon Nemo and Starling Mart, Lindor hit a campaign against Tyler Matzik that bounced off the orange running line and returned to play right in front of Citi Field’s apple. The judges originally ruled it a double, and that call was confirmed via a replay.
Lindor has stayed in 19 races at home this season, one shy of his running total last season. He had three hits, including one by RBI during the first inning of two rounds against Jake Odorizi (4-4). Double extended his New York edge to 5-0.
Pete Alonso raised his NL-best RBI points total to 92 on his own, 10 times ahead of St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Jeff McNeil, James McCann and Mart contributed singles to the RBI as the NL East leaders improved to MLB-best 30-9 after a loss and moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Braves.
Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson finished two RBI singles at number seven for the Braves, ages 4 and 6 in the season series.
Olson and Robbie Grossman also had RBI singles during the ninth round for Atlanta. Grossman’s single prompted Mets manager Buck Showalter to call up Diaz, and he needed seven throwbacks to finish his 25th save.
Starter David Peterson (6-2) helped make a good seventh start for New York by allowing three strokes in 5 rounds 1/3 for his third smooth start of the year.
Peterson hit five and walked three. He was consistently ahead of the hitters, delivering first court strikes to 14 of 22 hitters.
Peterson walked out to thunderous applause after Olson sniffed at the change. Peterson was also stranded with Acuña in third to finish fifth after the Slug star doubled and slipped safely before Marte’s throw from right field.
The left-handed started his outing by loading bases when Travis Darno hit a pitch. On the next court, Grossman lined up for Lindor, and shortly after Peterson’s escape, the Mets gave him a 2–0 lead.
Odorizzi worked during his Atlanta debut after his acquisition from Houston. He allowed three runs (two got) and six hits. Odorizzi fell behind half of the 22 hitters he faced and also made a throwing foul in a fatal play that led to the third round for New York.
The Braves: RHP Darren O’Day (left calf tense) began the rehab job at High-A Rome on Friday and threw 13 throws in the fifth rounds to take the win. O’Day has been sidelined since July 12.
Mets: RHP Tommy Hunter (Narrow Lumbar) has been placed on the hit list.
Atlanta: LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.58 ERA), who has the longest active streak in the majors without Homer at nine posts and 59 1/3 innings, starts game two.
New York: RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 2.13) is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six times since returning from a tilt injury. The second match begins.