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ATLANTA — The Mets sure resembled a team Saturday that had their hearts ripped out and shown to them the previous night.

Zombies was more like it, as manager Luis Rojas’ crew fell into an early hole then never bothered to muster much of a fight in losing their fourth straight, 7-1 to the Braves at Truist Park.

Michael Wacha turned in the latest blah performance by a Mets starting pitcher, but poor defensive execution and silent bats were also a factor. A night earlier the Mets had erupted offensively, but flushed a four-run lead in the eighth inning in their worst loss of the young season. Saturday they weren’t competitive enough to give the bullpen a shot at redemption.

Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos and Amed Rosario all appear lost at the plate for a team that could use a break from playing the Braves, who have won four of the five meetings this season. But two games still remain in this series before the Mets move on to play the Nationals.

Wacha was solid in his Mets debut Monday at Fenway Park, but didn’t approach that level of respectability against the Braves, racking up a high pitch count that necessitated his early removal, with the Mets trailing 5-0. The Mets will now turn to lefty David Peterson, who shined in his major league debut on Tuesday when he beat the Red Sox.

Michael Conforto can’t make the catch on Tyler Flowers’ double during the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Braves on Saturday night.AP

Franklyn Kilome made his major league debut in the fifth and surrendered an RBI single to Ender Inciarte before Ronald Acuna Jr. blasted a homer against the right-hander leading off the sixth that buried the Mets in a 7-1 hole.

Wacha was removed after throwing 97 pitches over four innings, in which he allowed five earned runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. It marked the second straight night the Mets couldn’t get a starting pitcher through at least the fifth inning — Rick Porcello on Friday departed after four-plus innings.

Just the fact Wacha survived through the fourth was something of an accomplishment given the manner in which the Braves tormented him in the second, scoring three runs to take a 5-0 lead, with shaky defense as a contributing factor.

Tyler Flowers, in an eight-pitch at-bat with two outs, hit a shot to right field that was catchable, but Michael Conforto mistimed his leap and saw the ball hit off his glove’s webbing for an RBI double. Acuna followed with an RBI double and Ozzie Albies hit a pop to center that confounded Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano, neither of whom got close to it. Albies’ RBI single placed Wacha in a five-run hole.

Marcell Ozuna continued his torment of the Mets since returning to the division (he played last year for the Cardinals after starting his career with the Marlins) by smashing a two-run homer against Wacha in the first inning. It was Ozuna last Saturday who homered against Edwin Diaz with two outs in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings with the Mets losing.

Wacha created his own mess, walking Freddie Freeman with two outs before missing up in the strike zone on a 2-0 fastball to Ozuna, who cleared the left-field fence.

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Nationals Bust Out, Cabrera Homers Twice In 16-4 Destruction Of Mets

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice and drove in five runs, tormenting his former team again as the Washington Nationals routed the New York Mets 16-4 on Monday night.

Juan Soto and Trea Turner went deep in the third inning for the Nationals, who scored just 11 runs in their previous five games — including Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, which was suspended in the sixth with Washington trailing 5-2.

Cabrera, who played in 374 games for the Mets from 2016-18, homered for the Nationals’ first run, doubled leading off the fourth, laced a two-run double in the fifth and hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Cabrera is batting .452 (14 for 31) with three homers and 11 RBIs in eight games against the Mets since the Nationals signed him on Aug. 6, 2019.

Soto’s RBI double produced the first run of a seven-run fifth, which was the Nationals’ biggest inning since a nine-run second against Cleveland last Sept. 28. Howie Kendrick, Yan Gomes and Turner all had RBI singles in the fifth, and Josh Harrison delivered a sacrifice fly.

Gomes drew a bases-loaded walk and Michael A. Taylor had an RBI single in the sixth for the Nationals, who scored their most runs since a 16-8 win over Milwaukee last Aug. 18. Washington’s 17 hits were its most since a 17-hit outburst against Atlanta last Sept. 8.

Soto, whose homer was measured at a career-long 463 feet, also doubled and singled before exiting in the sixth.

Patrick Corbin (2-0) cruised to the win and allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings.

Steven Matz (0-3) was hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, the most earned runs he’s allowed in a start.

Mets reserve infielder Luis Guillorme made his major league pitching debut and tossed a perfect ninth inning.

Jeff McNeil had three hits for the Mets. J.D. Davis’ hitting streak was snapped at a career-high 13 games, though he scored New York’s first run on a sixth-inning throwing error by Corbin. Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso each had an RBI single.

UGLY PERFORMANCE

The Mets gave up their most runs since a 25-4 loss at Washington on July 31, 2018. It matched a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia in September 2012 for the most runs they’ve allowed at Citi Field, which opened in 2009.

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DO IT YOURSELF DAVE

The Nationals are on their first road trip of the season — they were the “visiting” team at Nationals Park for games against Toronto from July 29-30 — and manager Dave Martinez, who had a heart procedure last season and admitted he was scared after the coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins in late July, came prepared for the train ride to New York City.

“I have my own little Lysol bottle, I have my bottle of wipes, I cleaned my table down,” said Martinez, who added he cleaned the tables for coaches Tim Bogar and Kevin Long as well. “I had gloves on, had my mask on the whole time.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman opted out of the remainder of the season. Stroman hadn’t pitched this year due to a torn left calf sustained during summer workouts. The impending free agent was scheduled to pitch in a third and potentially final simulated game Tuesday.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (right hamstring) felt good while throwing a bullpen Sunday and will start Tuesday night. Scherzer exited his start against the Mets last Wednesday after one inning due to the hamstring problem, which first cropped up in a start against the Blue Jays on July 29. … RHP Will Harris (groin) is traveling with the team and is scheduled to throw to hitters Tuesday. He was placed on the injured list July 31, retroactive to July 29.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Scherzer (0-1, 3.29 ERA) tied his career low by lasting just the one inning last week.

Mets: RHP Rick Porcello (1-1, 6.92 ERA) will look to build on his best outing with New York when he opposes the Nationals for a second straight time. Porcello allowed one run over seven innings and earned the win last Wednesday.

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