Mets too much for Braves again

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

New York has 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. The first-place Mets, who have won three straight, scored four times in the fourth inning on McNeil's hit and RBI doubles from Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto.

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

New York went ahead 2-1 in the second on Nimmo's second homer.

Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the first on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly. Ronald Acuna Jr.'s RBI double in the fifth made it 6-2.

Braves rookie starter Kyle Wright (0-2) gave up eight hits, six runs and four walks and struck out three in 3 2/3 innings.

New York improved to 8-3 against division opponents (9-4 overall). Atlanta dropped to 2-6 against the NL East.


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