- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Jeurys Familia tried to shoulder the blame.

Alas, there were too many errors for one Mets player to stand as the lone culprit.

Three miscues by New York fueled Atlanta’s comeback as the Braves scored four runs in the eighth inning and beat the Mets 5-3 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Errors by Familia (1-3), center fielder Juan Lagares and third baseman Eric Campbell in the eighth helped the Braves rally from a 3-1 deficit. The bad defense took a win from Mets starter Zack Wheeler, who gave up only one run.

“We’ve got to catch the baseball better,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We didn’t catch the baseball tonight.”

Trailing 3-1, the Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth against Familia. Following singles by Justin Upton and Jason Heyward, Chris Johnson hit a soft grounder to Familia, who threw low to shortstop Ruben Tejada at second base for an error on what could have been a double play.

“I tried to be too quick throwing to the base,” Familia said. “It was my fault.

“It’s tough because you work for something and you have a chance to make the double play and you don’t make it.”

The miscues kept coming.

Tommy La Stella’s single up the middle drove in Upton, and Heyward scored the tying run when Lagares bobbled the ball in center for another error. With one out, pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit’s walk loaded the bases again.

Campbell, the Mets’ fill-in third baseman while David Wright sits with a bruised left rotator cuff, bobbled Andrelton Simmons’ grounder for the third error of the inning, allowing Johnson to score the go-ahead run.

Dana Eveland replaced Familia and walked Freddie Freeman, pushing Atlanta’s lead to two runs.

It was a cruel letdown when the win seemed so close.

“We turn the double-play ball, we’re out of the inning,” Collins said. “That’s probably the hardest part. (Familia) has pitched so good.”

Curtis Granderson opened the game with his 11th homer. It was his 26th career leadoff homer.

Story Continues →