Braves swept in doubleheader as Mets clinch series win

AP photo by Jessie Alcheh / Francisco Lindor scores for the New York Mets on a throwing error by Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson as pitcher Max Fried (54) lies on the ground during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday in New York.

NEW YORK - Max Scherzer tied a season high with 11 strikeouts in a seven-inning outing, and the New York Mets beat the sloppy Atlanta Braves 6-2 Saturday night to complete a doubleheader sweep and clinch a series victory.

Francisco Lindor had three hits and three RBIs as New York won the doubleheader opener 8-5 in the afternoon - bouncing back from a 9-6 loss Friday night - and the Mets stretched their National League East Division lead to 5 1/2 games with the nightcap victory.

Mets fans taunted the second-place Braves in the ninth inning of Saturday's second game by performing the tomahawk chop, a tradition at games in Atlanta despite complaints from some Native American groups that the chant is degrading.

"I'm not going to tell you I didn't notice it," New York manager Buck Showalter said.