The New York Mets were swept by the Atlanta Braves, losing 3-1 Wednesday night at Turner Field. Jacob deGrom took the loss for the Mets, dropping to 1-5 on the year.
The rookie right hander lasted five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking two batters and striking out eight. Braves starter Julio Teheran earned his eighth win of the season improving to 8-5 on the year. Teheran allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings of work.
Teheran walked three batters while striking out five. Teheran also retired the first nine batters he faced. Braves reliever Jordan Walden notched his third save of the year.
Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was the star of the game. Johnson went 2-4 with three RBI’s including a two out double with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first.
After the Mets went in order in the top of the first, Braves centerfielder B.J. Upton led off the bottom of the first with a single through the hole between third and short. Both shortstop Andrelton Simmons and first baseman Freddie Freeman walked, loading the bases for left fielder Justin Upton. Justin struck out swinging for the first out. Right fielder Jason Heyward flew out to shallow right for the second out.
Curtis Granderson threw a one-hop strike to the plate keeping B.J. Upton at third. Chris Johnson hit a hard grounder to third. The ball deflected off third baseman Eric Campbell’s glove and into left field. B.J. Upton scored, Simmons scored, and Freeman scored as Johnson landed safely at second with a bases clearing double, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. Second baseman Tommy La Stella struck out swinging to end the inning. Neither team scored for the next two innings.
Left fielder Eric Young Jr. lined a single to center to lead off the top of the fourth, and immediately stole second base, his 22nd swiped bag of the year. Centerfielder Juan Lagares attempted to bunt for a base hit, but popped the ball up right at Julio Teheran who caught it for the first out. Second baseman Daniel Murphy followed with a walk, and both runners advanced to third and second respectively on a wild pitch from Teheran.
Granderson skied a ball to left, scoring Young to put the Mets on the board, 3-1 Atlanta led. Eric Campbell then hit a ball off Teheran and it ricocheted towards third. Johnson fielded the ball and threw to first, but not in time to get Campbell. Murphy advanced to third on the play. First baseman Lucas Duda struck out swinging to retire the side. The Braves went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth and both teams failed to score in the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth, Young Jr. singled on a grounder to left. Young Jr. took a gigantic lead off first and was tagged out after a rundown between first and second. Lagares hit a soft liner that fell in for a single. Murphy struck out swinging for the second out. Granderson walked, but Campbell struck out swinging to retire the side. The Braves were retired in order in the bottom of the sixth and both teams failed to bring home a run in the next two innings, ending the game.
After an off day Thursday, the Mets limp back home to begin a 10 game home stand starting with a three game series against the Texas Rangers. Mets lefty ace Jonathon Niese takes the mound for New York, opposing fellow ace Yu Darvish for the Rangers.
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