Black smoke billowed outside Citi Field on Seaver Way in Sunday’s ninth inning, obscuring the blaze occurring inside the ballpark.
The smoldering from across the street was contained by the FDNY before the inning concluded, but no such luck for the Mets’ season, which burns out of control toward the finish.
On a day they didn’t get their second hit until the ninth inning, the Mets lost 7-0 to the Braves, placing their season on double, secret probation. With seven games remaining, the Mets (24-29) might need a perfect finish or at the very least six victories in seven games for a shot at the postseason.
It won’t get any easier with the AL East-leading Rays next up on the schedule for three games.
Travis d’Arnaud stuck a dagger in the Mets with a two-run double in the eighth against Jeurys Familia that bumped the Braves’ lead to 3-0. The former Mets catcher finished the three-game series with five RBIs, which included homers Friday and Saturday. The final punch was Ronald Acuna Jr.’s three-run double in the ninth against Chasen Shreve.
Kyle Wright frustrated the Mets,…