ATLANTA -- Talk about an Amazin’ comeback.
In the 10th, a two-out throwing error by third baseman Hector Olivera allowed the go-ahead run to score and the New York Mets ultimately beat the Atlanta Braves 10-7 in 10 innings Sunday at Turner Field.
The Mets completed their first four-game sweep in Atlanta since July 4-7, 1985. They trimmed their magic number to 11, and their division lead remained 9½ games over the Washington Nationals.
The Mets (82-61) clinched their first winning season since 2008, producing their MLB-high 15th comeback victory since Aug. 1. They also improved to 3-52 when trailing after eight innings.
Olivera threw wide to second base on what would have been the third out of the 10th inning, allowing Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score the tiebreaking run. Curtis Granderson and Murphy subsequently were issued bases-loaded walks by Danny Burawa.
The Braves have lost 24 of their past 27 games. They have lost 12 straight games at Turner Field, their most consecutive home losses since moving to Atlanta in 1966.
In a game filled with fielding sloppiness by the Mets, the Amazin’s won a game in which they rested Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia. Cespedes did pinch hit in the 10th and struck out.
Ex-Diamondback Addison Reed converted his first save since joining the Mets.
The game was sloppy.
After Bobby Parnell inherited the bases loaded in the eighth with the Mets trailing by a run, Granderson lost a fly ball in the sun in right field with two outs as Atlanta opened a three-run lead. Parnell was making his first appearance since Sept. 1.
The Mets’ fielding miscues included a pair of transgressions in the seventh, in ex-Padre Tim Stauffer’s debut inning with the club. The miscues allowed the Braves to even the score at 4.
With Daniel Castro on first base, Stauffer coaxed a routine ground ball. However, Murphy missed the baseball on his backhand on a play, which was questionably scored a base hit.
With runners on the corners and none out, Stauffer then fielded a comebacker from Adonis Garcia. After staring at a dead-to-rights Castro scampering home, Stauffer instead elected to turn a 1-6-3 double play and Castro scored to even the game.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese did not get much help behind him, either.
Third baseman Juan Uribe had a sixth-inning grounder from Christian Bethancourt get by him for a two-base error that put two in scoring position with none out. Michael Bourn followed with a sacrifice fly that gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead.
Earlier, in a two-run third by the Braves that evened the score at 2, first baseman Lucas Duda had a pair of misplays, although neither was scored an error. Duda prematurely lifted his foot off the bag on an awkward throw from Niese on a leadoff grounder from Nick Markakis. He ultimately scored on a second-chance single from Garcia. Earlier in the at-bat, Garcia had popped up in foul territory, but the ball dropped next to Duda.
Niese allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk in six innings. He snapped a streak of three straight starts in which he allowed a five-run inning.
Scratch the 2016 campaign: The only drawback of Michael Conforto’s success since his July 24 major league debut? Conforto is about to exceed the at-bat threshold that will allow him to retain his rookie status for next season, when he would be a viable NL Rookie of the Year candidate.
Conforto opened Sunday’s scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning against Ryan Weber.
Conforto now sits at 124 at-bats this season. He would lose rookie status for 2016 with seven more at-bats.
Logan Verrett gets a spot start in place of skipped Matt Harvey in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. ET opener. Verrett (1-1, 3.06 ERA) opposes left-hander Justin Nicolino (3-3, 3.72). Verrett pitched strongly in Colorado the last time he filled in for Harvey. He limited the Rockies to one run on four hits and a walk in eight innings on Aug. 23.
Michael Cuddyer (right wrist) is expected to return to the starting lineup Monday for the first time since Sept. 1. Cuddyer twice was used as a pinch hitter against the Braves.