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The New York Mets’ defense pulled off a highlight-reel game against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Mets pitcher RJ Alvarez was on the mound in relief of starter Taijuan Walker, who was removed from the game after two innings due to back spasms.
With Ronald Acuna Jr. at first base in the third inning, Alvarez threw a pitch high and in over the head of Braves batter Dansby Swanson.
The shortstop ducked into the pond to avoid flipping over.
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Mets catcher Michael Perez initially missed an errant pitch but recovered when the ball caromed off the backstop and between the legs of the home plate umpire. Perez then fired to second baseman Jeff McNeil, who tagged Acuna’s foot for the out.
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Alvarez then struck out Swanson to end the inning.
Atlanta was leading 1-0 at the time, thanks to a Robbie Grossman solo home run before a chaotic game. Acuna then walked to get first base. Atlanta scored two more runs in the top of the fourth.
Both teams are fighting for the top spot in the National League East.
The defending World Series champion Braves enter Tuesday just 4 ½ games behind the Mets for first place. Atlanta beat the Mets on Monday night and rode a seven-game winning streak.
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New York suffered an early blow Tuesday when Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with a low-grade oblique strain. He is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.