Atlanta Braves: Ozzie Albies walk-off homer allows Braves to win wild game over Mets

New York Mets v Atlanta Braves
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The Atlanta Braves won an absolutely wild game over the Mets in extras thanks to a three-run walk-off homer from Ozzie Albies.

Things started off well for the Braves as Spencer Strider started the game with a clean inning and the offense got on the board quickly. Ronald Acuna Jr. led things off with a double and a couple batters later, Austin Riley hit an opposite field homer to give the Braves a quick 2-0 lead. A RBI "single" from Eddie Rosario later in the inning (with an assist from some truly bad fielding from Starling Marte in right) scored Travis d'Arnaud from first and the Braves had a 3-0 lead.

Sadly, the good vibes went away quickly as the Mets scored five in the top of the second off of Strider. Three straight singles brought in one run and then Brandon Nimmo of all people hit a grand slam on a 95 mph fastball right down the middle and just like that, the Braves were down 5-3.

Things went back and forth for a while after that as neither Verlander nor Strider pitched well. The Mets added a run in the third, the Braves got a couple more back in the bottom half of the inning, and then a Francisco Alvarez two-run bomb put the score at 8-5 in the fourth.

The Mets would add a run in the top of the fifth on a close play and the plate in the top of the fifth, but Marcell Ozuna would lead off the home half with a solo homer. Another Francisco Alvarez homer the following inning made it a 10-6 and at that point, the game was fully off the rails (and going long as we were two hours in in the top of the sixth).

Things became very interesting with the bottom of the eighth inning with the Braves down 10-7. Austin Riley collected his fourth hit with a single to give the Braves a baserunner and Travis d'Arnaud immediately cashed that good work in with a two-run homer and just like that, it was a one run game.

After Jesse Chavez yet again emerged unscathed in the top of the ninth despite being in a bases loaded situation, the Braves were down to their final three outs down a run. Orlando Arcia answered the call (after a TERRIBLE strike three call to Ozuna that would have been a walk) with a solo shot to left-center to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Ronald Acuna Jr. would then hit a two-out single, but Matt Olson flew out and it was time for some Manfredball.

Raisel Iglesias made short work of the Mets in the top of the 10th with a lineout and a pair of strikeouts. Sam Hilliard was the Braves' designated runner on second (pinch-running for Matt Olson which is a pretty huge upgrade) and Travis d'Arnaud worked a walk. Cue Ozzie Albies, who is still good at baseball, and he crushed a three-run walk off homer to give the Braves the sweep over the Mets.