Atlanta-Starting pitcher Dillon Gee has been a revelation for the New York Mets over the last several months. Gee was nearly out of the rotation at the end of May when his ERA was north of six. Since that time, however, Gee has become the most dependable member of the Mets' starting rotation. The trend continued this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. With the Mets facing a sweep, Gee tossed seven innings of one run ball to help the Mets defeat the Braves 5-2.
The Mets gave Gee a 2-0 lead before he even toed the rubber for the first time. Andrew Brown took care of that, hitting a two run home run off of Braves' starter Kameron Loe (0-2, 7.63 ERA) to give the Mets the lead. Lucas Duda added to the lead in the third when he hit a home run off of Loe. Duda's solo shot was his 12th of the season and stretched the Mets' lead to 3-0. The Mets added another two runs in the frame on a fielder's choice from Juan Lagares and an RBI single from Gee. All in all, the Mets tattooed Loe. Loe allowed five runs on 11 hits and three walks in only 4.1 innings pitched. The extra runs gave Gee a 5-0 lead, one that he would not relinquish.
Gee (11-9, 3.53 ERA) was lights out once again. The only run he allowed came in the fifth inning, when B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Dan Uggla. Gee went seven innings and allowed only the one run on four hits while striking out five Braves' hitters. The Braves picked up their other run in the eighth inning, when Freddie Freeman hit his 19th home run of the season off of newly acquired reliever Vic Black. The solo shot cut the lead to 5-2, but LaTroy Hawkins recorded a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Dillon Gee. Gee has been an anchor for the Mets in the starting rotation, and his strong outing today helped the Mets avoid being swept by the Braves.
Post Game Notes:
- Gee has pitched to a 2.40 ERA since May 30th, and his ERA since the All Star Break is 2.01.
- Every Mets' starter except Eric Young Jr recorded at least one hit.
- Lucas Duda paced the Mets offensively, going 3-for-5 with a home run.
- The Mets finished their season series with the Braves with a 9-10 record. In comparison, Atlanta is 30-13 against the rest of the division.
The Mets will get a day off tomorrow before flying to Cleveland for their final inter-league series of the season. The Mets will begin a weekend set with the Cleveland Indians Friday night at 7:05 pm at Progressive Field. Zack Wheeler (7-3, 3.36 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets, while the Indians will counter with former Mets' farmhand Scott Kazmir (7-7, 4.36 ERA).
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