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Mets Beat Braves as Brandon Nimmo Breaks Out of Doldrums

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ATLANTA — Brandon Nimmo hit a two-run homer, Jeff McNeil added a two-run double, and the Mets kept hitting even without Pete Alonso, beating the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, on Friday night.

The Mets, who lead the National League East and have won three in a row, have scored six runs in six straight games and got there against Atlanta with the rookie Alonso, the team’s hottest hitter, getting most of the night off.

Manager Mickey Callaway stuck to his plan of giving Alonso, ranked second in the majors in slugging percentage and tied for third with six homers and 17 R.B.I., a break during a stretch of nine games in nine days. Alonso popped up as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

The Mets scored four times in the fourth inning on McNeil’s hit and run-scoring doubles by Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto.

Zack Wheeler (1-1) worked six solid innings after giving up a career-high seven runs in his previous start. He allowed six hits, two runs and three walks, striking out eight.

After Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the first on Nick Markakis’s sacrifice fly, the Mets went ahead, 2-1, in the second on Nimmo’s homer, his second of the year.

Callaway dropped Nimmo to eighth as he began the night batting .150 with 23 strikeouts, the most in the majors, in 38 at-bats. Nimmo went 3 for 4, pushing his average to .205, and scored two runs.

Ronald Acuna Jr.’s R.B.I. double in the bottom of the fifth ended the scoring.

Atlanta’s rookie starter Kyle Wright (0-2) gave up eight hits, six runs and four walks and struck out three in three and two-thirds innings.

The Mets improved to 8-3 against division opponents and 9-4 over all, the best record in the league. Atlanta dropped to 2-6 against the N.L. East.

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