Braves go out with whimper in series finale vs. Mets

AP photo by Julia Nikhinson / The New York Mets' Jacob deGrom carried a perfect game into the sixth inning of Sunday's home win against the Atlanta Braves.

NEW YORK - Jacob deGrom struck out 12 batters and carried a perfect game into the sixth inning of his second start all season, pitching the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Sunday for their 12th victory in 14 games.

Pete Alonso drove in two runs, and the first-place Mets finished with 19 strikeouts - including three straight from closer Edwin Díaz to end a combined two-hitter. New York took four of five from the Braves in their National League East showdown series, extending its division lead to 6 1/2 games over the reigning World Series champions.

The Braves are also the four-time reigning champions in the division, but the Mets took a big step toward knocking them from that perch - and deGrom put the finishing touch on a series victory that was already clinched with Saturday's doubleheader sweep.