Donaldson hits go-ahead homer in 6th, Braves beat Mets 7-2

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves finished an 8-2 homestand with another convincing victory.

Freddie Freeman loved nearly every minute of it.

''It's pretty much the best you can possibly do, really,'' the slugger said. ''We won every series, and that's ultimately the goal.''

Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning, Freeman launched an early two-run shot and the Braves beat the New York Mets 7-2 on Wednesday night.

The NL East leaders are 14-4 in June, best in the majors. They top the big leagues in runs, homers and RBIs this month and have outscored opponents 43-12 in going 5-0 in rubber games at home this season.

Freeman blooped a pop-fly single to begin the sixth inning, Atlanta's first hit since his homer in the first off Steven Matz (5-5). Donaldson followed with his 14th home run, sixth in his last nine games, before Austin Riley doubled and scored on Ozzie Albies' double to make it 5-2.

That chased Matz, who allowed five runs on six hits and lost for the first time in nine career starts against the Braves.

''I wasn't executing good pitches there,'' Matz said. ''They were seeing me the third time through. That was a big inning for me, and they just got me.''

Max Fried (8-3) shook off a 6.10 ERA over his last eight starts, bearing down to escape trouble in his last two innings.

After striking out Pete Alonso to strand a runner at second in the fifth, Fried had runners on first and second in the sixth when right fielder Charlie Culberson picked up Wilson Ramos' opposite-field single and threw on one bounce to catcher Tyler Flowers. J.D. Davis tried to jump over Flowers, but was tagged out before touching the plate.

Fried struck out Amed Rosario to end the sixth and strand a runner at third. The left-hander gave up two runs and eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in six innings, winning for the first time in five starts.

''He kind of got himself back together,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''His breaking ball was good, his fastball command, he reached back for a little extra couple of times. It was huge getting out of the sixth inning. That was impressive right there. He took a lot of steps forward in my opinion.''

The Mets, who have dropped 13 of their last 18 on the road, led 1-0 in the first after Jeff McNeil doubled, stole third and scored on a groundout. Atlanta went up 2-1 in the bottom half on Freeman's 21st homer.

New York tied it 2-all in the fourth when Ramos doubled and scored on Rosario's double.

Pinch-hitter Nick Markakis' two-run double in the eighth made it 7-2.

After losing two of three in Atlanta, the Mets fell to fourth place in the NL East and dropped 8 1/2 games back in the division.

''Our record is what our record is,'' New York manager Mickey Callaway said of his team's 35-39 mark. ''We're concerned what we're doing. It's not fun to be in fourth place. No, we don't want to be there.''

ROLLING BRAVES

Freeman has 23 RBIs in June, most in the majors, and has 14 homers in his last 32 games. ... Donaldson has a season-high nine-game hitting streak with six homers during that stretch. ... Atlanta has at least two homers in six straight games. ... The Braves won eight games on a homestand for the first time since 2012 against Philadelphia, Miami and Houston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb was placed on the seven-day concussion list and will make a rehab appearance before he's ready to return. ... CF Ender Inciarte will report to extended spring training to resume baseball activities. He has missed 33 games with a lumbar strain and will need to play several rehab games before he's ready to return in a few weeks.

NEW ADDITION

The Mets signed second-round draft pick Josh Wolf, a high school pitcher from Texas. The 18-year-old had a 1.52 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 69 innings this season.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Walter Lockett will make a spot start in his New York debut Thursday at Wrigley Field opposite Cubs RHP Tyler Chatwood. Lockett went 0-1 with a 3.28 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Syracuse.

Braves: LHP Dallas Keuchel is set to make his 2019 debut Friday in Washington against RHP Stephen Strasburg. Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last year for Houston.

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  • W: M. Fried (8-3)L: S. Matz (5-5)
  • HR: ATL - J. Donaldson (14), F. Freeman (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Alonso 1B30000123.271.357.617.9740.0
M. Conforto RF40110021.262.382.502.8841.0
J. Davis LF40100001.274.335.469.8041.0
T. Frazier 3B40100001.255.344.410.7541.0
W. Ramos C41200001.275.347.408.7554.0
A. Rosario SS30210012.249.289.412.7015.5
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b- D. Smith PH10000000.344.443.556.9990.0
S. Matz P20000000.240.240.360.6000.0
A. Hechavarria SS10000110.241.276.434.7100.5
  • a-struck out for Zamora in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Lagares in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40000103.293.373.505.8781.0
D. Swanson SS41100011.261.327.466.7931.5
F. Freeman 1B42221010.315.403.6061.0098.5
J. Donaldson 3B31121110.260.365.492.8577.5
A. Riley LF32200100.292.348.608.9556.0
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B40110003.283.345.468.8133.0
T. Flowers C41100013.263.344.459.8031.5
C. Culberson RF-LF30000113.321.371.589.9600.5
M. Fried P20000001.192.250.269.5190.0
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b- N. Markakis PH-RF10120000.274.363.421.7844.0
  • a-walked for Fried in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Swarzak in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil 2 (18), W. Ramos (7), A. Rosario (13)
  • RBI - M. Conforto (36), A. Rosario (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso 2 (2), M. Conforto, W. Ramos, A. Rosario 2 (2), J. Lagares
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Riley (6), O. Albies (16), N. Markakis (16)
  • HR - F. Freeman (21), J. Donaldson (14)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (55), J. Donaldson 2 (36), O. Albies (40), N. Markakis 2 (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis 2 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna 3 (3), D. Swanson, M. Fried
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. McNeil (2), A. Rosario (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-McNeil-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Acuna (3), C. Culberson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 5-5)5.06554224.281.37-4.0
C. Flexen2.00001308.312.196.5
S. Nogosek0.222200027.003.00-4.0
D. Zamora0.11000005.682.05-1.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 5-5)5.0
C. Flexen2.0
S. Nogosek0.2
D. Zamora0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (W, 8-3)6.08221604.031.3420.0
A. Minter (H, 5)0.20001007.802.07-1.0
A. Swarzak (H, 7)1.11000002.961.212.0
L. Jackson1.00000203.001.224.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (W, 8-3)6.0
A. Minter (H, 5)0.2
A. Swarzak (H, 7)1.1
L. Jackson1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 99-56, C. Flexen 40-23, S. Nogosek 10-7, D. Zamora 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-5, C. Flexen 3-0, S. Nogosek 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 24, C. Flexen 7, S. Nogosek 4, D. Zamora 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 101-63, A. Minter 15-8, A. Swarzak 15-11, L. Jackson 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 7-3, A. Minter 1-1, A. Swarzak 3-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 25, A. Minter 3, A. Swarzak 5, L. Jackson 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil 2B41200001.336.406.480.8857.0
P. Alonso 1B30000123.271.357.617.9740.0
M. Conforto RF40110021.262.382.502.8841.0
J. Davis LF40100001.274.335.469.8041.0
T. Frazier 3B40100001.255.344.410.7541.0
W. Ramos C41200001.275.347.408.7554.0
A. Rosario SS30210012.249.289.412.7015.5
C. Flexen P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
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J. Lagares CF30000011.188.255.266.521-0.5
b- D. Smith PH10000000.344.443.556.9990.0
S. Matz P20000000.240.240.360.6000.0
A. Hechavarria SS10000110.241.276.434.7100.5
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  • a-struck out for Zamora in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Lagares in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40000103.293.373.505.8781.0
D. Swanson SS41100011.261.327.466.7931.5
F. Freeman 1B42221010.315.403.6061.0098.5
J. Donaldson 3B31121110.260.365.492.8577.5
A. Riley LF32200100.292.348.608.9556.0
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B40110003.283.345.468.8133.0
T. Flowers C41100013.263.344.459.8031.5
C. Culberson RF-LF30000113.321.371.589.9600.5
M. Fried P20000001.192.250.269.5190.0
a- M. Joyce PH00000100.294.392.485.8781.0
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- N. Markakis PH-RF10120000.274.363.421.7844.0
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  • a-walked for Fried in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Swarzak in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil 2 (18), W. Ramos (7), A. Rosario (13)
  • RBI - M. Conforto (36), A. Rosario (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso 2 (2), M. Conforto, W. Ramos, A. Rosario 2 (2), J. Lagares
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Riley (6), O. Albies (16), N. Markakis (16)
  • HR - F. Freeman (21), J. Donaldson (14)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (55), J. Donaldson 2 (36), O. Albies (40), N. Markakis 2 (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Markakis 2 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna 3 (3), D. Swanson, M. Fried
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. McNeil (2), A. Rosario (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-McNeil-Alonso)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - R. Acuna (3), C. Culberson
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 5-5)5.06554224.281.37-4.0
C. Flexen2.00001308.312.196.5
S. Nogosek0.222200027.003.00-4.0
D. Zamora0.11000005.682.05-1.0
Total8.0977552---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 5-5)5.0
C. Flexen2.0
S. Nogosek0.2
D. Zamora0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fried (W, 8-3)6.08221604.031.3420.0
A. Minter (H, 5)0.20001007.802.07-1.0
A. Swarzak (H, 7)1.11000002.961.212.0
L. Jackson1.00000203.001.224.0
Total9.0922280---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fried (W, 8-3)6.0
A. Minter (H, 5)0.2
A. Swarzak (H, 7)1.1
L. Jackson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 99-56, C. Flexen 40-23, S. Nogosek 10-7, D. Zamora 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-5, C. Flexen 3-0, S. Nogosek 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 24, C. Flexen 7, S. Nogosek 4, D. Zamora 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fried 101-63, A. Minter 15-8, A. Swarzak 15-11, L. Jackson 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fried 7-3, A. Minter 1-1, A. Swarzak 3-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fried 25, A. Minter 3, A. Swarzak 5, L. Jackson 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Markakis doubled to deep right center, Riley and Flowers scored27
  • 6TH INNING
    Albies doubled to deep right center, Riley scored25
    Donaldson homered to center, Freeman scored24
  • 4TH INNING
    Rosario doubled to deep center, Ramos scored, Rosario out at third22
  • 1ST INNING
    Freeman homered to left center, Swanson scored12
    Conforto grounded out to shortstop, McNeil scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Luke Jackson pitching
    • Robinson Cano hit for Daniel Zamora
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cano struck out looking
    • Dominic Smith hit for Juan Lagares
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to center
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Swarzak Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Conforto singled to center
    • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to pitcher, Conforto to second
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to third
    • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Steve Nogosek relieved Chris Flexen
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Riley singled to left center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Albies popped out to third
    • T. Flowers: Foul, Flowers reached on an infield single to pitcher, Riley to second
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson grounded out to third, Riley to third, Flowers to second
    • Nick Markakis hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • Daniel Zamora relieved Steve Nogosek
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis doubled to deep right center, Riley and Flowers scored
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lagares grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria walked
    • J. McNeil: Foul, McNeil flied out to center
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved A.J. Minter
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alonso popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Flexen Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to left
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier singled to right, Davis to second
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramos singled to right, Davis out at home, Frazier to third
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Rosario struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Freeman singled to left
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Donaldson homered to center, Freeman scored
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Riley doubled to deep left
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Albies doubled to deep right center, Riley scored
    • Chris Flexen pitching
    • Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Flowers struck out on foul tip
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Culberson grounded out to shortstop, Albies to third
    • Matt Joyce hit for Max Fried
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Acuna grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Ball, Matz grounded out to third
    • J. McNeil: McNeil doubled to deep left
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • M. Fried: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Fried grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Frazier: Frazier lined out to left
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramos doubled to left center
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario doubled to deep center, Ramos scored, Rosario out at third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • A. Riley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riley walked, Donaldson to second
    • O. Albies: Albies fouled out to right
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Flowers grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Riley out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Matz grounded out to first
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McNeil lined out to pitcher
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swanson lined out to left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario singled to right
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario stole second, Lagares lined out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to center
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Culberson walked
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fried lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Foul, McNeil doubled to deep right
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, McNeil stole third, Ball, Conforto grounded out to shortstop, McNeil scored
    • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson singled to center
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman homered to left center, Swanson scored
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • A. Riley: Ball, Riley grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)