Soroka, Riley lead Braves past deGrom and skidding Mets, 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) About 25 minutes after the game ended, New York Mets leadoff hitter Jeff McNeil was still sitting at his locker in full uniform. Just outside the clubhouse, all the lights were out on the Mets' side of the ground floor at Citi Field.

The darkness in the hallway certainly seemed appropriate.

Streaking rookie Mike Soroka outpitched Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves got a two-run homer from fellow youngster Austin Riley in a 6-2 victory Friday night over the plummeting Mets.

''Felt good. Last four or five days for me have been a little scuffy,'' Riley said. ''I needed it.''

Rookie slugger Pete Alonso hit his 28th home run for New York (37-46), which lost its season-worst sixth straight and fell 12 games behind the Braves. The fourth-place Mets returned home after blowing multiple-run leads in five consecutive defeats on a 3-8 trip, but fared no better at Citi Field while getting booed by their own fans.

The skid began with a gut-wrenching loss to the Cubs in Chicago that was followed by pitcher Jason Vargas threatening a reporter during a confrontation that made embarrassing national headlines. Vargas and manager Mickey Callaway, who also cursed at the reporter, were fined. Callaway and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon apologized.

The staggering Mets have not won since, and their season is slipping away. They've dropped 12 of 16 overall.

''Right now it's tough,'' outfielder Dominic Smith said. ''We've just got to man up and figure it out and start winning some games.''

Robert Gsellman gave up a three-run double to Johan Camargo that made it 6-2 in the eighth inning, the latest Groundhog Day flop for a dreadful Mets bullpen.

''It is someone every night, it seems,'' Callaway said.

The 21-year-old Soroka (9-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his ninth decision in a row after dropping his season debut. He matched a Braves rookie record for wins before the All-Star break and improved to 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.

The right-hander struck out four, walked none and showed no ill effects after exiting his previous start early because he was hit on the right forearm by a pitch.

''I think I threw only 68 (pitches) in the game before that, so it's almost like a nice little blow just to kind of take it easy,'' said Soroka, who won his major league debut at Citi Field last season. ''I felt like my stuff was as sharp as it's been all year.''

New York shaved the deficit to 3-2 on an RBI single by Tomas Nido that chased Soroka, who made another strong case to be included on the NL All-Star team Sunday.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out but Anthony Swarzak, traded by New York to Seattle last December, struck out McNeil on a pitch in the dirt and retired Alonso on a liner to left field.

''Awesome,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''He's been pitching the eighth but right there, kind of felt like the game was on the line right there. He came in, did a wonderful job again.''

Nick Markakis doubled in the second and Riley, another impressive rookie, hit his 13th homer off deGrom (4-7), who gave up three runs and six hits over six innings.

''That's a good one for your book right there I'll tell you, you get a guy like that,'' Snitker said. ''Just keeps getting big hits.''

Josh Donaldson had a sacrifice fly in the third.

LOOKING GOOD

Ian Anderson, a top Braves pitching prospect, struck out 14 over seven shutout innings in a combined no-hitter for Double-A Mississippi against Jackson.

MIRACLE METS

In a pregame ceremony Saturday, the Mets will commemorate the 50th anniversary of their 1969 World Series championship, with about 15 members of that team expected back. A little earlier, Jerry Koosman, Cleon Jones and Jerry Grote are among the former players planning to be on hand when the Miracle Mets receive the key to the city from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

It's all part of a big weekend celebration that includes a reenactment of the `69 World Series parade Saturday, complete with classic cars. There were replica jersey, pennant and ring giveaways scheduled - even orange 1969 world champs pennants painted in foul territory, plus 1969 Shea Stadium font on the Citi Field scoreboard Friday night. The day before, the club announced plans for a Tom Seaver statue outside the ballpark, and the stadium address was officially changed to 41 Seaver Way in honor of the Hall of Fame pitcher's uniform number.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (plantar fasciitis) is scheduled to pitch to OF Ender Inciarte (lumbar strain) in a simulated game Sunday at the team's complex in Florida. ... SS Dansby Swanson was rested until entering for defense in the eighth.

Mets: Right-handed reliever Jeurys Familia (shoulder) tossed 1 1/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts in a rehab appearance for Class A Brooklyn.

WELCOME ABOARD

New York signed third-round draft pick Matt Allan, who received a $2.5 million bonus. The right-hander from Seminole High School in Florida was rated a top-20 talent but lasted until the 89th selection.

UP NEXT

Mets LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 4.85 ERA) starts Saturday against RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.94). Matz is 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA in nine starts vs. the Braves, who finally beat him in Atlanta on June 19. Teheran is 10-8 with a 2.62 ERA in 27 games against the Mets.

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  • W: M. Soroka (9-1)L: J. deGrom (4-7)
  • HR: ATL - A. Riley (13), NYM - P. Alonso (28)
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O. Albies 2B50000022.280.340.465.805-1.0
F. Freeman 1B31200210.315.402.5991.0006.5
J. Donaldson 3B30010014.252.356.479.8340.5
N. Markakis RF42200011.277.357.421.7784.5
B. McCann C40000033.269.337.469.806-1.5
A. Riley LF32221010.274.329.580.9099.5
C. Culberson LF00000000.328.375.603.9780.0
J. Camargo SS40130001.241.278.387.6655.0
D. Swanson SS00000000.259.325.470.7940.0
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L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Swarzak in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil RF40000023.341.406.500.906-1.0
P. Alonso 1B41211003.280.368.6331.0017.0
R. Cano 2B40200001.227.274.361.6352.0
M. Conforto CF40000013.252.366.489.854-0.5
T. Frazier 3B41100002.258.342.454.7962.0
D. Smith LF40100021.333.426.5811.0080.0
A. Rosario SS40000022.251.291.410.701-1.0
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S. Nogosek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Font in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Nogosek in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (17), J. Camargo (9)
  • HR - A. Riley (13)
  • SF - J. Donaldson
  • RBI - J. Donaldson (38), A. Riley 2 (36), J. Camargo 3 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo 3 (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 3 (3), N. Markakis, J. Camargo, M. Joyce
BATTING
  • HR - P. Alonso (28)
  • RBI - P. Alonso (62), T. Nido (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso 3 (3), M. Conforto, T. Frazier, D. Smith, J. deGrom
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (12), F. Freeman (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rosario (12)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 9-1)6.17220412.130.9821.0
A. Swarzak (H, 10)0.21000102.611.16-0.5
A. Minter1.01000206.521.813.0
L. Jackson1.00000102.931.233.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 9-1)6.1
A. Swarzak (H, 10)0.2
A. Minter1.0
L. Jackson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (L, 4-7)6.06332713.321.118.5
W. Font1.00000105.121.403.5
R. Gsellman1.03330205.081.47-2.0
S. Nogosek1.00000107.711.933.5
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (L, 4-7)6.0
W. Font1.0
R. Gsellman1.0
S. Nogosek1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 93-66, A. Swarzak 13-8, A. Minter 20-13, L. Jackson 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 7-8, A. Minter 1-0, L. Jackson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 26, A. Swarzak 3, A. Minter 4, L. Jackson 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. deGrom
  • HBP - R. Gsellman (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 107-71, W. Font 10-6, R. Gsellman 20-14, S. Nogosek 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 6-5, S. Nogosek 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 26, W. Font 3, R. Gsellman 7, S. Nogosek 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF51100001.286.370.498.8684.0
O. Albies 2B50000022.280.340.465.805-1.0
F. Freeman 1B31200210.315.402.5991.0006.5
J. Donaldson 3B30010014.252.356.479.8340.5
N. Markakis RF42200011.277.357.421.7784.5
B. McCann C40000033.269.337.469.806-1.5
A. Riley LF32221010.274.329.580.9099.5
C. Culberson LF00000000.328.375.603.9780.0
J. Camargo SS40130001.241.278.387.6655.0
D. Swanson SS00000000.259.325.470.7940.0
M. Soroka P30100010.100.156.100.2560.5
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A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Swarzak in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil RF40000023.341.406.500.906-1.0
P. Alonso 1B41211003.280.368.6331.0017.0
R. Cano 2B40200001.227.274.361.6352.0
M. Conforto CF40000013.252.366.489.854-0.5
T. Frazier 3B41100002.258.342.454.7962.0
D. Smith LF40100021.333.426.5811.0080.0
A. Rosario SS40000022.251.291.410.701-1.0
T. Nido C40210000.257.276.392.6683.0
J. deGrom P20000001.222.263.361.6240.0
W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
a- J. Davis PH10100000.270.333.450.7831.0
C. Gomez PR0000-000.198.278.337.000-
R. Gsellman P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
S. Nogosek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Ramos PH10000010.276.350.422.772-0.5
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  • a-singled for Font in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Nogosek in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (17), J. Camargo (9)
  • HR - A. Riley (13)
  • SF - J. Donaldson
  • RBI - J. Donaldson (38), A. Riley 2 (36), J. Camargo 3 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Camargo 3 (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Donaldson 3 (3), N. Markakis, J. Camargo, M. Joyce
BATTING
  • HR - P. Alonso (28)
  • RBI - P. Alonso (62), T. Nido (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso 3 (3), M. Conforto, T. Frazier, D. Smith, J. deGrom
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (12), F. Freeman (2)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rosario (12)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 9-1)6.17220412.130.9821.0
A. Swarzak (H, 10)0.21000102.611.16-0.5
A. Minter1.01000206.521.813.0
L. Jackson1.00000102.931.233.5
Total9.0922081---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 9-1)6.1
A. Swarzak (H, 10)0.2
A. Minter1.0
L. Jackson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (L, 4-7)6.06332713.321.118.5
W. Font1.00000105.121.403.5
R. Gsellman1.03330205.081.47-2.0
S. Nogosek1.00000107.711.933.5
Total9.09662111---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (L, 4-7)6.0
W. Font1.0
R. Gsellman1.0
S. Nogosek1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 93-66, A. Swarzak 13-8, A. Minter 20-13, L. Jackson 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 7-8, A. Minter 1-0, L. Jackson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 26, A. Swarzak 3, A. Minter 4, L. Jackson 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. deGrom
  • HBP - R. Gsellman (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 107-71, W. Font 10-6, R. Gsellman 20-14, S. Nogosek 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 6-5, S. Nogosek 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 26, W. Font 3, R. Gsellman 7, S. Nogosek 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Camargo doubled to left center, Freeman, Markakis and Riley scored62
  • 7TH INNING
    Nido singled to right, Frazier scored, Smith to second32
  • 4TH INNING
    Alonso homered to left31
  • 3RD INNING
    Donaldson hit sacrifice fly to left, Acuna scored30
  • 2ND INNING
    Riley homered to left center, Markakis scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Stephen Nogosek relieved Robert Gsellman
    • R. Acuna: Acuna grounded out to catcher
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Jackson relieved A.J. Minter
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rosario lined out to right
    • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Nido grounded out to third
    • Wilson Ramos hit for Stephen Nogosek
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman singled to right
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson lined out to right
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Markakis singled to left, Freeman to second
    • B. McCann: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Ball, Riley hit by pitch, Freeman to third, Markakis to second
    • J. Camargo: Camargo doubled to left center, Freeman, Markakis and Riley scored
    • Matt Joyce hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Charlie Culberson in left field
    • Dansby Swanson at shortstop
    • A.J. Minter pitching
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano singled to right
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to third, Cano to second
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wilmer Font relieved Jacob deGrom
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soroka popped out to third
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna lined out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to deep left
    • D. Smith: Smith singled to right, Frazier to third
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • T. Nido: Nido singled to right, Frazier scored, Smith to second
    • J.D. Davis hit for Wilmer Font
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Mike Soroka
    • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop, Smith to third, Nido to second
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • Carlos Gomez ran for J.D. Davis
    • P. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis grounded out to second
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Riley singled to right center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Camargo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McNeil lined out to left
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alonso singled to left
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Cano flied out to center
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Conforto flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Soroka singled to right
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Acuna flied out to center
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies flied out to shallow left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked, Soroka to second
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Smith grounded out to first
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • T. Nido: Ball, Ball, Nido singled to left center
    • J. deGrom: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, deGrom lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Camargo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, McNeil struck out looking
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso homered to left
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Conforto flied out to left
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier fouled out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Acuna singled to center
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Acuna stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Albies grounded out to second, Acuna to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman intentionally walked
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson hit sacrifice fly to left, Acuna scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman stole second, Freeman to third on shortstop Rosario fielding error, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Nido: Nido grounded out to shortstop
    • J. deGrom: Ball, deGrom grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Markakis doubled to left center
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to first, Markakis to third
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Riley homered to left center, Markakis scored
    • J. Camargo: Camargo grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Conforto lined out to left
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna popped out to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Freeman singled to right
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cano flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)