Rosario drives in 4 and Braves beat Mets in NY

NEW YORK — Ronald Acuña Jr. had four hits and held off a two-run homer off Pete Alonso as the Atlanta Braves built an early lead and beat the New York Mets 9-6 on Friday night.

The Braves quickly bounced back from their previous setback against the Mets in a key series between the top teams in the NL East.

Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer in the first inning and an RBI double in the second that gave the Braves an early 8-0 lead. Rookie center fielder Michael Harris II also homered and pitched out a runner at the plate.

William Contreras hit a solo homer in the ninth as the Braves avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.

The previous team to go to this stage of the season without three straight losses was the Seattle Mariners in 2001. At that time, Seattle held the major league record of not losing three in a row until succumbing in four, from the game 147 to 150, according to statistics from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Mets starter Taijuan Walker (9-3) got only three outs in a rare ill-timed fiasco without his teammates recovering.

Atlanta again moved within 3 1/2 games of first-place New York. On Thursday, the Braves had lost the first of five games in the series.

Braves reliever AJ Mionter (5-3) struck out three and earned the victory with a shutout 1 1/3 innings.

For the Mets, the Dominican Starling Marte 5-1. Puerto Ricans Francisco Lindor 5-2, one scored, and Tomás Nido 3-1. Venezuelans Luis Guillorme 0-0 and received two walks, and Eduardo Escobar 2-1, one RBI.

For the Braves, the Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. 5-4, one scored; William Contreras 4-1, one scored, one produced, and Orlando Arcia 4-0. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 5-2, one run scored, four RBIs. The Dominican Marcell Ozuna 5-0.

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Rosario drives in 4 and Braves beat Mets in NY