Lugo shines in season debut, Mets beat Braves 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) Seth Lugo became the latest member of the Mets to make a successful return, pitching seven impressive innings in his season debut to lead New York over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Sunday.

Lugo (1-0) came back from right elbow inflammation that sidelined him all season, helping Mets starters post a 0.83 ERA over the last five games. He gave up one run and six hits, striking out seven and walking two. Lugo also doubled off Jaime Garcia (2-5) and scored in the third for a 2-1 lead.

On Saturday, the Mets swept a doubleheader from the Braves. Yoenis Cespedes was activated from the disabled list and hit a grand slam in the opener, then a healthy Steven Matz made his season debut and won the nightcap.

The Mets have won four of five heading into a 14-game stretch against four teams that made the postseason last year.

Closer Addison Reed got his 11th save in 13 chances.

Wilmer Flores, who went 6 for 9 in the doubleheader sweep, put the Mets ahead with a sacrifice fly in the first. Lugo scored on Juan Lagares' infield single in the third.

Dansby Swanson had a sacrifice fly for Atlanta. The Braves have lost 16 of their last 21 home games against the Mets.

Lugo escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when Matt Adams grounded into a double play. Mets manager Terry Collins successfully challenged that Adams didn't beat the throw, preventing the tying run from scoring.

Garcia struck out nine in seven innings. He has a 1.49 ERA over his last five starts but is 1-3 over that span.

STRUGGLES AT THE PLATE

The Braves have grounded into 66 double plays, most in the NL. ... Adams went 1 for 14 in the series. ... Atlanta scored just three runs over the last three games, stranding 23 runners.

STRUGGLES AT THE BAG

The umpiring crew had five calls overturned at first during the four-game series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Collins said before the game that Cespedes will return to the lineup Monday and Tuesday at home against the Chicago Cubs. Cespedes popped up with the bases loaded as a pinch-hitter on Sunday.

ROSTER MOVES

With the return of Lugo, Cespedes and Matz over the last two days, the Mets optioned INF Matt Reynolds, RHP Tyler Pill and INF T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas. LHP Sean Gilmartin, designated for assignment to make room for Lugo on the 40-man roster, was claimed off waivers by St. Louis. ... Braves LHP Eric O'Flaherty was placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jason Hursh was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-3) allowed 15 runs in losing his last two starts, raising his ERA from 3.23 to 4.75. He is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5) didn't allow a run over 14 innings of his last two starts, lowering his ERA from 4.44 to 3.48. He is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three career starts against Washington.

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  • W: S. Lugo (1-0)L: J. Garcia (2-5)S: A. Reed (11)
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W. Flores 1B30010022.326.349.507.8570.0
J. Bruce RF40100021.258.325.528.8541.0
N. Walker 2B20100100.271.352.463.8153.0
A. Cabrera SS30000113.238.318.355.6720.5
R. Rivera C40000024.269.304.361.665-1.0
J. Reyes 3B30100102.186.261.294.5553.0
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b- C. Granderson PH-LF10100000.208.298.391.6891.0
  • a-popped out for Conforto in the 9th
  • b-singled for Blevins in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF30100100.299.354.414.7682.0
B. Phillips 2B40000023.291.336.414.750-1.0
N. Markakis RF40200010.284.361.369.7301.5
M. Kemp LF30100110.326.361.549.9101.5
M. Adams 1B40000025.263.313.481.794-1.0
T. Flowers C31100000.336.444.448.8924.0
J. Camargo 3B40000020.241.267.379.646-1.0
D. Swanson SS30010011.213.291.338.6290.5
J. Garcia P20100001.176.176.235.4121.0
a- D. Santana PH10000000.215.244.405.6490.0
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  • a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (13), J. Bruce (14), S. Lugo
  • SF - W. Flores (2)
  • SH - J. Lagares
  • RBI - J. Lagares (6), W. Flores (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lagares (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (6)
  • SF - D. Swanson (3)
  • RBI - D. Swanson (27)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Reyes (9)
  • CS - J. Reyes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Lugo (W, 1-0)7.06112601.291.1425.0
J. Blevins (H, 10)1.00000102.011.033.5
A. Reed (S, 11)1.00000202.701.0511.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Lugo (W, 1-0)7.0
J. Blevins (H, 10)1.0
A. Reed (S, 11)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)7.07222903.161.2312.5
A. Vizcaino1.00000002.080.963.0
J. Ramirez0.21001002.100.90-2.0
I. Krol0.10000005.111.180.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)7.0
A. Vizcaino1.0
J. Ramirez0.2
I. Krol0.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Lugo
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 90-60, J. Blevins 16-9, A. Reed 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 6-8, J. Blevins 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 29, J. Blevins 3, A. Reed 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia (3)
  • IBB - J. Garcia (2)
  • HBP - J. Ramirez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 99-66, A. Vizcaino 6-6, J. Ramirez 20-12, I. Krol 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 7-3, A. Vizcaino 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 28, A. Vizcaino 3, J. Ramirez 5, I. Krol
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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a- Y. Cespedes PH10000003.275.370.6381.0080.0
A. Reed P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Lagares CF30110001.268.326.402.7282.0
W. Flores 1B30010022.326.349.507.8570.0
J. Bruce RF40100021.258.325.528.8541.0
N. Walker 2B20100100.271.352.463.8153.0
A. Cabrera SS30000113.238.318.355.6720.5
R. Rivera C40000024.269.304.361.665-1.0
J. Reyes 3B30100102.186.261.294.5553.0
S. Lugo P31100014.333.333.6671.0002.5
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  • a-popped out for Conforto in the 9th
  • b-singled for Blevins in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF30100100.299.354.414.7682.0
B. Phillips 2B40000023.291.336.414.750-1.0
N. Markakis RF40200010.284.361.369.7301.5
M. Kemp LF30100110.326.361.549.9101.5
M. Adams 1B40000025.263.313.481.794-1.0
T. Flowers C31100000.336.444.448.8924.0
J. Camargo 3B40000020.241.267.379.646-1.0
D. Swanson SS30010011.213.291.338.6290.5
J. Garcia P20100001.176.176.235.4121.0
a- D. Santana PH10000000.215.244.405.6490.0
A. Vizcaino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (13), J. Bruce (14), S. Lugo
  • SF - W. Flores (2)
  • SH - J. Lagares
  • RBI - J. Lagares (6), W. Flores (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Lagares (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Flowers (6)
  • SF - D. Swanson (3)
  • RBI - D. Swanson (27)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Reyes (9)
  • CS - J. Reyes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Lugo (W, 1-0)7.06112601.291.1425.0
J. Blevins (H, 10)1.00000102.011.033.5
A. Reed (S, 11)1.00000202.701.0511.0
Total9.0611290---
PITCHERSIP
S. Lugo (W, 1-0)7.0
J. Blevins (H, 10)1.0
A. Reed (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)7.07222903.161.2312.5
A. Vizcaino1.00000002.080.963.0
J. Ramirez0.21001002.100.90-2.0
I. Krol0.10000005.111.180.0
Total9.0822390---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)7.0
A. Vizcaino1.0
J. Ramirez0.2
I. Krol0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Lugo
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 90-60, J. Blevins 16-9, A. Reed 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 6-8, J. Blevins 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 29, J. Blevins 3, A. Reed 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia (3)
  • IBB - J. Garcia (2)
  • HBP - J. Ramirez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 99-66, A. Vizcaino 6-6, J. Ramirez 20-12, I. Krol 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 7-3, A. Vizcaino 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 28, A. Vizcaino 3, J. Ramirez 5, I. Krol
  • 3RD INNING
    Lagares reached on an infield single to third, Lugo scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Swanson hit sacrifice fly to left, Flowers scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Flores hit sacrifice fly to left, Conforto scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jose Ramirez relieved Arodys Vizcaino
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker hit by pitch
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked, Walker to second
    • R. Rivera: Rivera popped bunt out to third
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes popped out to shortstop
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Jerry Blevins
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Walker to third, Cabrera to second
    • Ian Krol relieved Jose Ramirez
    • Yoenis Cespedes hit for Michael Conforto
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cespedes popped out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Curtis Granderson in left
    • Addison Reed pitching
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Flowers flied out to shallow center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino pitching
    • J. Lagares: Strike swinging, Lagares grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Flores: Foul, Flores flied out to deep right
    • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Bruce popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Seth Lugo
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kemp flied out to right
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Lugo: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reyes stole second, Lugo grounded out to third
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Reyes caught stealing, catcher to third, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Danny Santana hit for Jaime Garcia
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Foul, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker singled to right
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Walker out at second
    • R. Rivera: Rivera grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Flowers flied out to deep center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto singled to shallow left
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Lagares grounded out to third, Conforto to second
    • W. Flores: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte singled to shallow left
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Markakis singled to center, Inciarte to second
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked, Inciarte to third, Markakis to second
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Adams grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kemp out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Bruce doubled to right
    • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Walker walked
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce to third, Walker to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Reyes intentionally walked
    • S. Lugo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flowers hit by pitch
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Camargo lined out to center
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to third, Flowers out at second
    • J. Garcia: Foul, Garcia lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reyes grounded out to second
    • S. Lugo: Lugo doubled to deep center
    • M. Conforto: Conforto grounded out to first, Lugo to third
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lagares reached on an infield single to third, Lugo scored
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Ball, Walker flied out to deep right
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera lined out to third
    • R. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Flowers doubled to deep right
    • J. Camargo: Camargo grounded out to first, Flowers to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson hit sacrifice fly to left, Flowers scored
    • J. Garcia: Garcia singled to shallow center
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked, Garcia to second
    • B. Phillips: Phillips fouled out to second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Conforto doubled to left center
    • J. Lagares: Lagares hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Conforto to third
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Flores hit sacrifice fly to left, Conforto scored
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte flied out to shallow center
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Phillips struck out on foul tip
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to center
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Kemp singled to center, Markakis to second
    • M. Adams: Adams flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)