The grounder up the middle looked like a routine single to everyone except Dansby Swanson. Swanson skipped out of the way of the ball, sped home and slid in safely.
Jim Johnson, who pitched the top of the ninth for the Braves, got the victory and Fernando Salas, who gave up the one-out hit by Swanson, took the loss.
If there was a worst-case scenario for the Mets on Friday it was this: A short start by Matt Harvey that would necessitate extended bullpen usage, capped by a loss, heading into Saturday's doubleheader.
RHP R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings and allowed a season-low one run and a season-high eight strikeouts Thursday.
Jason Motte gave up the tying homer in the seventh inning by d'Arnaud, who connected on a 1-1 pitch and sent a drive to left field for seventh blast of the season. He made four rehab starts and went 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA. Matt Kemp led off with a double, Danny Santana drew a two-out walk and Swanson doubled.
Harvey left with a 1-0 lead, thanks to Granderson's third-inning homer off Julio Teheran.
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The blast was the 15th allowed by Teheran, and it gave the Mets at least one homer in 12 straight road games and 23 of their past 25 away from NY. The Braves have allowed a combined four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games.
Granderson's hold on a starting job could be on jeopardy when Yoenis Cespedes returns from the disabled list.
2B Brandon Phillips was 2-for-4 on Thursday and has at least one hit in 22 of 25 games at SunTrust Park, including nine straight games. In his last four starts, Garcia has produced a 1.23 ERA. Adding to the uncertainty is the fact Steven Matz will be making his season debut in the nightcap.
Promotional activities and contests can often be fun diversions from professional sporting events, but this race at Friday's Braves-Mets game broke through as a massively viral moment. The Braves end 14 games in 13 days next Wednesday in Washington.
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