The New York Mets were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief after holding off a ninth-inning rally from Atlanta to beat the Braves 6-5 on Sunday and end a string of defeats to their divisional rivals.
New York starter Jonathon Niese pitched the home team to a 6-1 lead with a strong eight-inning outing but his good work was almost undone by the bullpen in a nervous final inning.
The Mets used three relievers and gave up four walks, resulting in two runs, and a hit batsmen before Jon Rauch came on to get the final out with a pair of runners in scoring position.
The victory ended New York's (55-60) seven-game losing streak to the Braves and allowed them to avoid being swept in the finale of the three-game series.
Despite the loss, Atlanta (66-48) remain 4 1/2 games behind first-place Washington in the National League East division.
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