OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —Even though their best pitcher was having trouble, the Atlanta Braves kept hitting. After months of trying to catch the Mets, they moved back into first place.
Matt Olson hit a three-run homer against his old team, the Oakland Athletics, to help the Braves beat them 10-9 on Tuesday night and win their
sixth straight game. With this win, the Braves finally caught the New York Mets at the top of the NL East.
The reigning World Series champion Braves (85-51) were tied with the slumping Mets, who had been in first place in their division since April 12 but have now lost three straight games.
Manager Brian Snitker said, "It's where you want to be. You'd rather be here than anywhere else. " You want to be right in the middle of it. I've
always said, even when I was a third base coach, that you love that time of year when you wake up, get a cup of coffee, and can't wait to get to the
ballpark because you want to play the next game. That's a nice spot to be. " The A's scored eight runs against Kyle Wright, who had the most wins in the major leagues.
As has happened so many times in 2022, his team held strong. Wright said, "I think this game was a good example of that." " I was having a hard time, but these guys helped me.
The offence was great, the defence was great, and the bullpen was amazing to keep that one-run lead until the end of the game. It could have been much worse.
That game showed a lot about the team as a whole and how well we help each other.