New York-Zack Wheeler's winning streak came to an end tonight through no fault of his own. Wheeler (L, 9-9) pitched well enough to win, going seven innings and allowing three runs (only two earned) against the Atlanta Braves (69-64). Julio Teheran (W, 13-9) was just better, allowing only one run in 6.1 innings. The Braves held on to beat the Mets (62-71) 3-2.
The Braves grabbed the lead early when Jayson Heyward homered to lead off the game. Heyward's 11th homer of the season gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied the game in the bottom of the second when Wilmer Flores hit a solo shot (2) off of Teheran. The Braves gained the lead in the very next inning as the Braves got two on with one out, allowing an RBI groundout from Justin Upton to give them a 2-1 lead. The Braves got another run on an error by Ruben Tejada, making it 3-1.
The Mets' best chance to get back in the game came in the eighth inning. After Eric Young Jr led off the inning with a pinch hit single, he advanced to second on a wild pitch by Jordan Walden. Curtis Granderson drew a walk, and Juan Lagares followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2. The rally was immediately killed as Lucas Duda grounded into a double play. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a ground out to shortstop, leaving Granderson stranded on third and ending the inning.
The Mets also had a chance in the ninth against Braves' closer Craig Kimbrel. Eric Campbell singled to start the inning, and Matt den Dekker drew a walk. Flores sacrificed the runners over, and with one out Ruben Tejada grounded into a fielder's choice, retiring Campbell at the plate. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then flew out to end the game and allow Kimbrel to escape with a shaky 39th save of the year.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Braves' starting pitcher Julio Teheran. Teheran allowed one run on three hits over 6.2 innings pitched. Teheran walked two and struck out four on the night.
Post Game Notes:
- Juan Lagares continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with an RBI. Lagares has gone 9 for 18 in his last five games.
- Eric Campbell also recorded two hits for the Mets.
- The Braves won despite recording only five hits on the night.
What's Next: The Mets and Braves look to win the rubber game of their three game set tomorrow night. It will be a battle of lefties as Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90 ERA) and Jonathon Niese (7-9, 3.47 ERA) take the hill. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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