ATLANTA -AP- Seth Lugo became the latest member of the Mets to make a successful return, pitching seven impressive innings in his season debut to lead New York over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Sunday.
Lugo (1-0) came back from right elbow inflammation that sidelined him all season, helping Mets starters post a 0.83 ERA over the last five games. He gave up one run and six hits, striking out seven and walking two. Lugo also doubled off Jaime Garcia (2-5) and scored in the third for a 2-1 lead.
Lugo shines in season debut, Mets beat Braves 2-1
On Saturday, the Mets swept a doubleheader from the Braves. Yoenis Cespedes was activated from the disabled list and hit a grand slam in the opener, then a healthy Steven Matz made his season debut and won the nightcap.
The Mets have won four of five heading into an 18-game stretch against four teams that made the postseason last year.
Closer Addison Reed got his 11th save in 13 chances.
Wilmer Flores, who went 6 for 9 in the doubleheader sweep, put the Mets ahead with a sacrifice fly in the first. Lugo scored on Juan Lagares' infield single in the third.
Dansby Swanson had a sacrifice fly for Atlanta. The Braves have lost 16 of their last 21 home games against the Mets.
Lugo escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when Matt Adams grounded into a double play. Mets manager Terry Collins successfully challenged that Adams didn't beat the throw, preventing the tying run from scoring.
Garcia struck out nine in seven innings. He has a 1.49 ERA over his last five starts but is 1/3 over that span.
The Braves have grounded into 66 double plays, most in the NL. ... Adams went 1 for 14 in the series. ... Atlanta scored just three runs over the last three games, stranding 23 runners.
The umpiring crew had five calls overturned at first during the four-game series.

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