Mets hit 3 homers, take vital series rubber game against Braves


Don’t tell the Mets they’ve been low on energy lately — or they’ll go after the Braves.

Homers from Eduardo Escobar, Francisco Lindor and Mark Canha, plus another solid outing from Chris Bassitt, lifted New York (55-34) to a 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday to win the rubber match of their three-game series.

The victory extends the Mets’ divisional lead over Atlanta to 2.5 games in what was an important pre-All-Star break test considering how the Braves were weighing on New York’s lead in the NL East.

Facing Charlie Morton, New York entered the board in the second inning when Escobar threw a no-doubt on the right-field wall for his 10th homer of the season.

In the third, Lindor followed it up with his own three-point shot — also to right field — to give the Mets a healthy advantage.

It was his 62nd, 63rd and 64th RBI of the season, already one more than he had in 2021 in his first season with the club.

Lindor flashed the leather in the fourth inning to pull Bassitt out of a jam in the fourth inning with runners on second and third and two out, going to his right deep into the shortstop hole and making a long throw for poaching Adam Duvall at the start.

Canha had fun in the fifth when he got the better of Morton in an eight at-bat, laying down a solo shot in the seats to put the Mets up five and chase Morton out of the game.

Mets striking, who has recently struggled with inconsistencies, still managed to lead each of Atlanta’s three starters this series before going six innings.

Canha’s shot was called off in the bottom of the sixth by Matt Olson, who hit his second round trip of the series at breakeven to pull one back for the hosts.

It was the only flaw in Bassitt’s game, who went six solid innings while allowing just five hits with six strikeouts.

But Luis Guillorme, who was cleaning up the batting for the first time in his career, threw a brace down the left field line to score Nimmo to make it a 6-1 game.

Lindor, who took third on Guillorme’s brace, came in to score when Braves reliever Jesse Chavez hesitated.

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