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Rapid Reaction: Braves 5, Mets 3

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ATLANTA -- The New York Mets lost their closer to an 80-game suspension. Then they lost to the Atlanta Braves.

Julio Teheran took a scoreless effort into the seventh and nemesis Freddie Freeman did his customary damage against the Mets as the Braves won, 5-3, Saturday night.

The Mets (2-3) dipped under .500 for the first time this season. The latest defeat came hours after MLB announced closer Jenrry Mejia had been suspended for a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug stanozolol.

Despite trading Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta (5-0) is off to its best start since opening the 1994 season with a 7-0 record.

The Mets suffered their 100th loss in 155 games at Turner Field since the ballpark opened in 1997, following the Atlanta Olympics. The Braves will move to a new home in Cobb County in 2017.

Dillon Gee, making his season debut for the Mets, allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings as Atlanta built a 5-0 lead.

Freeman, succeeding Chipper Jones as a notorious Mets-killer, slugged a solo homer in the second against Gee to open the game’s scoring.

The Braves took a commanding lead with a four-run fifth. The primary damage that frame came on consecutive doubles by Alberto Callaspo, Christian Bethancourt and Andrelton Simmons and, after a sac bunt by Teheran, a run-scoring triple by ex-Met Eric Young Jr.

Lucas Duda had a two-out double in the first inning against Teheran. The Mets then remained hitless until the seventh, when Duda produced a leadoff single. Two walks, an E-5 and a hit batter allowed the Mets to pull within 5-2 with the bases still loaded and none out.

Brandon Cunniff replaced Teheran and induced a run-scoring double-play grounder off the bat of Wilmer Flores as the Mets pulled within two runs.

With a runner on third and two outs, Kirk Nieuwenhuis entered as a pinch hitter. When the Braves countered with lefty Luis Avilan, manager Terry Collins again went to his bench and subbed Ruben Tejada for Nieuwenhuis. Tejada, in his first 2015 appearance, grounded out as the comeback stalled.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon tries to send the Mets to New York for their home opener with a .500 record. Colon (1-0, 1.50 ERA) opposes left-hander Alex Wood (1-0, 3.60) at 1:35 p.m. ET as the Mets attempt to avoid getting swept.

Collins indicated Tejada will start at shortstop over Flores. John Mayberry Jr. also is due to be in the lineup against the southpaw. Anthony Recker may make his first start this season, too.