Mickey Callaway
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway praises his team for not giving up in Sunday’s victory against the Atlanta Braves.

The New York Mets on Sunday night avoided a second-straight series where they would’ve been on the losing end of a sweep. They also avoided losing an eighth-straight contest.

New York ultimately rallied to defeat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, 8-5. This was powered by a five-run eighth inning, which included a solo home run from Todd Frazier, a two-run single from Jeff McNeil, and a two-run double from Pete Alonso.

Edwin Diaz then recorded the save to finish it out in the top of the ninth inning, as the Mets moved to 38-47 on the season. Relief pitcher Wilmer Font recorded the win for New York.

After the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway (who’s been on the hot seat with fans for a while now) took the opportunity to praise his team for not giving up.

The Mets now sit at nine games below .500. They’re currently 12 games behind the Braves, who are 50-35 on the year.

New York has five games left before the All-Star Break begins on July 8. They’ll play a two-game stint at Citi Field against the New York Yankees beginning on Tuesday. New York will then host a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies to close out the eight-game homestand.

The Mets will have three players participating during the All-Star Game. Alonso, McNeil, and Jacob deGrom were all selected to the National League roster, with Alonso participating in the Home Run Derby.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.