Jeff McNeil saves Mets from ugly doubleheader sweep by Braves

Jeff McNeil sat for Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader and played only five innings in the nightcap, but that presence was enough to help save the Mets from getting swept.

On a day the Mets were stuck in neutral offensively, McNeil smashed an RBI double that accounted for the only run of a 1-0 victory over the Braves in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

The Mets lost 2-0 in Game 1 — their first time getting shut out in the second half after averaging 5.67 runs in their previous nine games.

The doubleheader began a stretch in which the first-place Mets play division opponents 15 times in 18 games. Their most imminent threat is the Phillies, who moved within 3 ½ games of the lead. But the Braves, who sit five games behind, still have three shots at the Mets in this series.

Jeff McNeil drove in the Mets’ only run of the doubleheader in a 1-0 win over the Braves in Game 2 on Monday. AP

McNeil, who stroked a pinch-hit, go-ahead double on Sunday, saved this day from becoming a disaster by hitting a shot over Guillermo Heredia’s head in center field in the fifth inning to bring in Brandon Nimmo with the only run of the nightcap. McNeil started at second base in the nightcap after a three-game absence because of fatigue in his left leg. After his double, he departed the game for a pinch runner.…

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