Mets blank Braves, split Monday's doubleheader with 1-0 win in game two

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Jeff McNeil swinging home pinstripes
Jeff McNeil swinging home pinstripes

The Mets scored just one run, but it was enough to hold down the Braves and split Monday's doubleheader with a 1-0 win in game two.

Here's a few takeaways from the game:

1. Aaron Loup had a quick outing as the opener, throwing a clean first inning for no hits or runs with a strikeout before exiting.

Jeurys Familia got into an early hole to start the second inning, allowing back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. But he struck out the next three batters to dig himself out and keep things in Queens at bay.

2. Anthony Banda continued the hot start from the Mets pitching crew, striking out the first two batters he faced before retiring the third to close out the third inning. Neither sides of offense could get much going in the early goings of game two.

Banda went into the fourth and allowed one hit while striking out another to make it back-to-back scoreless innings for the 27-year-old.

3. J.D Davis and Michael Conforto finally put some energy into the stadium in the bottom of the fourth. Leading off the inning, Davis hit a double to right-center to start things off, followed by a single from Conforto to put runners on first and third with no outs -- which knocked starter Bryse Wilson out of the game after what was a strong outing up until that point.

But a strikeout by Jonathan Villar and a double play ground ball to short ended the Mets' chances of taking the lead.

4. It took 11.2 innings, but the Mets finally scored a run on Monday in the bottom of the fifth of game two. With Brandon Nimmo waiting at first, Jeff McNeil crushed a double to deep center that was enough for Nimmo to round the bases and score and give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

5. The Braves had their best chance at tying the game -- or more -- in the next frame, with runners getting on first and second with nobody out on Seth Lugo.

Freddie Freeman hit a ball to deep left field that almost got out of the park, but instead wound up in Kevin Pillar's glove to make it one out with runners now on the corners after Joc Pederson advanced. Austin Riley grounded into a double play in the next at-bat to help the Mets maintain the 1-0 lead.

6. Edwin Diaz came in for the save in the top of the seventh. He proceeded to strikeout all three batters he faced to help the Mets blank the Braves and split the doubleheader.

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What's Next:

The Mets and Braves go at it again on Tuesday night in Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

The Mets have yet to announce a pitcher, while the Braves will put out Charlie Morton.