Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Rally to End Losing Streak

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Rally to End Losing Streak

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NEW YORK — It seemed so fitting for the day. Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso, two of the Mets' prized young players, had learned they had been selected as All-Stars hours before Sunday's series finale.

And in the game, they showed why. Back to back, they saved the Mets, who had lost seven straight and were on life support (and still might be).

The spot was big and the stakes were high. There were two outs in the eighth inning and the bases were loaded. But the consistent McNeil, who always seems to one-up his last act, stepped up to the plate and flared a two-run knock into right off A.J. Minter to give the Mets a one-run lead.

The next batter, Alonso, doubled to left to score two more. Citi Field, which is full of fans who suffered through the last week, was loud. Alonso celebrated at second base as the crowd around him roared. The Mets started the eighth down two and left up three, thanks to McNeil, Alonso and Todd Frazier (who homered to lead off the inning).

The Mets beat the Braves, 8-5, to avoid a series sweep. They are still nine games under .500 and the schedule doesn't get easier, but the opposite outcome would have been ugly.

The five-run eighth also took the bullpen off the hook — if only for a night.

On Sunday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway plugged in Chris Flexen, whom he said would probably receive more opportunity in high-leverage situations. Flexen got an out to escape a bases-loaded situation in a tie game in the sixth and all seemed well. But an inning later, something that feels like it happens every day occurred once more.

The Braves turned the game in three at-bats. Ronald Acña Jr. singled and Dansby Swanson doubled before Freddie Freeman brought both home with a double to left field. With the Mets down two runs, Flexen was yanked and, luckily for New York, Wilmer Font stranded Freeman.

Font tossed an important scoreless two innings, which allowed the Mets offense to have an opportunity to mount a comeback. …

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