Braves Bash Mets To Win Again, Yankees Slump Continues

Jonathan Grant | August 16th, 2022

The Atlanta Braves have gotten perilously close to the New York Mets in the NL East race only to see their rivals scoot away from them again. But after Monday evening, they are back to within 4.5 games after recording a 13-1 beating of their division rivals in the ATL for their seventh consecutive victory. William Contreras and Eddie Rosario each homered in the second inning to give them a lead before a rain storm came while Ronald Acuna, Jr. hit three doubles and had three RBI’s.

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With their lead at 5-1 after five, they would then put eight on the team from the Big Apple in the sixth to put it out of doubt for good. Despite the ‘W,’ though, the Mets have won eight of their last ten, so it’s not like Atlanta have made up a ton of ground as of yet. Elsewhere, the New York Yankees’ recent slump persisted on Monday as they lost 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays to make it two scoreless games in a row. Ryan Yarbrough got his first win in almost a year by pitching four solid innings for the visiting Rays while Isaac Paredes had the game-winning hit in the fourth ahead of a three-run ninth that gave the Floridians the insurance they needed. The loss means the Bronx Bombers have lost eight of their last ten games, and it was the first time since 2016 that they were shut out in back-to-back games.

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