Suzuki Homers, Braves Top Mets Again

NEW YORK — Kurt Suzuki’s three-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning Thursday afternoon for the Atlanta Braves, who went on to earn a 7-5 win over the reeling New York Mets and a sweep of the two-game series at Citi Field.

The Braves (8-12) never trailed in their consecutive wins over the Mets (8-13), who finished 1-7 on their longest homestand of the first half.

Worse yet for New York, its injury-wracked roster took two more hits Thursday when ace right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched hours before first pitch due to biceps tendinitis and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes exited in the fourth inning after re-aggravating a left hamstring injury.

The Mets have five players on the disabled list, including starting first baseman Lucas Duda, his backup Wilmer Flores and two pitchers (Steven Matz and Seth Lugo) who could have opened the season in the rotation. Cespedes and catcher Travis d’Arnaud (right wrist) each missed last weekend’s series against the Washington Nationals.

Atlanta’s Jace Peterson had two hits, including an RBI single in the second inning, while Freddie Freeman snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring double earlier in the fifth inning. Nick Markakis added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Right-hander R.A. Dickey (2-2) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings. Dickey, who was pitching at Citi Field for the first time since winning the National League Cy Young Award with the Mets in 2012, also had an RBI groundout in the second.

Neil Walker had three hits, including an RBI double in the fourth inning, for the Mets. Walker scored on a passed ball in the fourth and scored again in the ninth on a groundout by d’Arnaud. Jose Reyes homered leading off the fifth and added an RBI single for the Mets’ final run in the ninth.

Right-hander Matt Harvey (2-1), who was scheduled to start Friday but moved up when Syndergaard was scratched, took the loss after allowing six runs on five hits and five walks while striking out one over 4 1/3 innings.

NOTES: The Braves purchased the contract of RHP Jason Motte from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned C Anthony Recker to the same affiliate. … Braves 2B Brandon Phillips (left groin) sat out after being injured Wednesday night. … Mets RHP Matt Harvey moved up a day for the second straight start. He started in place of RHP Jacob deGrom last Friday, when deGrom was pushed back due to a stiff neck. … Mets OF Brandon Nimmo (right hamstring) began a rehab assignment at Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday.

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