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NY Mets 1, Atlanta 0
When: 4:10 PM ET, Friday, July 24, 2020
Where: Citi Field, New York City, New York
Temperature: 81°
Umpires: Home - Paul Nauert, 1B - Chad Fairchild, 2B - Carlos Torres, 3B - Ryan Additon
Attendance:

Yoenis Cespedes, appearing in his first game in 734 days, hit a home run in the seventh inning Friday afternoon to snap a scoreless tie and lift the host New York Mets to a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in the season opener for both teams.

The Mets improved their Opening Day record to 39-20, good for a .661 winning percentage that is the best in baseball. The Braves fell to 24-31 in Opening Day games since moving to Atlanta in 1966.

A moment of silence was held before the game for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cespedes, who hadn't played since July 20, 2018, due to two heel surgeries and a broken right ankle, homered deep into the left field seats on the second pitch he saw from Chris Martin.

It was the first home run and RBI by a designated hitter while playing in an NL park. It also gave Cespedes a homer in each of his last three games dating back to May 13, 2018.

Seth Lugo (1-0), who threw two one-hit innings in relief of starter Jacob deGrom, earned the win. Justin Wilson threw a one-hit eighth, and Edwin Diaz worked around a one-out walk to Freddie Freeman in the ninth to earn the save.

deGrom and Braves starter Mike Soroka were sharp in scoreless debuts.

deGrom, the two-time defending National League Cy Young Award winner, allowed one hit -- an infield single by Ronald Acuna Jr. in the third -- and one walk while striking out eight over five innings. He has thrown 28 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to last September. The no-decision marked the 12th time deGrom has thrown at least five innings allowed no runs and not earned a win.

Soroka, a 22-year-old who became the youngest Opening Day starter for the Braves since 1878, allowed four hits and no walks while striking out three over six innings. He benefited from a pair of run-saving plays by center fielder Ender Inciarte, who robbed J.D. Davis at the wall in the fifth and ran down a potential RBI double by Jeff McNeil in the sixth.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Atlanta   NY Mets
Mike Soroka Player Jacob deGrom
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 5.0
3 Strikeouts 8
4 Hits 1
0.00 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Atlanta   NY Mets
Dansby Swanson Player Brandon Nimmo
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
1 TB 2
.333 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Atlanta 3 0 4 .100 9 15 0 2 0 0
NY Mets 6 1 10 .214 11 4 1 0 0 0