Acuña’s homer off Barnes in 9th lifts Braves over Mets, 5-4

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Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) flips his bat over his shoulder after hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to defeat the New York Mets in a baseball game Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-4 after blowing an early two-run lead.

Acuña drilled the first pitch from Jacob Barnes to center field for his NL-leading 13th homer.

The Mets were denied a sweep of the three-game series.

Tomás Nido gave New York a 4-3 lead with a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh.

The Braves pulled even in the eighth.

Jonathan Villar’s leadoff homer in the fourth gave the Mets a 1-0 lead.

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