Braves leap Mets, lead East for first time in '22

by Daryn Albert - The Atlanta Braves won their eighth straight on Friday night and finally jumped a half-game ahead of the Mets in the East after chasing them for five months.

Atlanta Braves overtake New York Mets, lead NL East for first time this season 1:54 AM ET ESPN News Services The NL East has a new leader for the first time since early April. After the New York Mets fell 6-3 to the Miami Marlins , the Atlanta Braves won 6-4 at Seattle later Friday to take sole possession of first place in the division for the first time all season. The Braves won their eighth straight and finally jumped a half-game ahead of the Mets in the East after chasing them for five months. The only previous day this year the Mets did not hold at least a share of the division lead was April 11. "It's that time of year, a lot of us can hit that wall," Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor said. "We have to find a way to break through the wall and do it together. That's what good teams do and I'm sure we're going to do it." The Mets led the NL East by as much as 10 1/2 games over the Braves on June 1. After seeing that lead shrink to 2.5 games at the All-Star break, New York rebuilt a seven-game lead by Aug. 10. But the Braves have caught fire since then, going 21-5 while the Mets have gone 14-13. The largest blown lead in a division or league in major league history is 13 games, by the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.