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  • Mets @ Braves: 06/17 7:20 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, WCNN



    GAME 72, ROAD GAME 38

    Monday, 17th June,
    7:20 PM ET
    SunTrust Park




    METS -- STANDINGS -- BRAVES



    METS -- LEADERS -- BRAVES



    METS -- BATTING -- BRAVES



    METS -- PITCHING -- BRAVES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    BRAVES -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- BRAVES


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    Braves Look to Remain Hot as They Host Mets



    The Atlanta Braves will lean on rookie pitcher Mike Soroka to help keep the team's hot streak intact on Monday, when they open a three-game home series against the New York Mets.

    The Braves are 6-1 on their current homestand after taking two of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has won nine of its last 10 games, including Sunday's 15-1 win.

    The Mets dropped three of four games to the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, including a 4-3 loss on Sunday, and are 5-5 over their last 10 games.

    Soroka (7-1, 1.92) will face New York's Zack Wheeler (5-4, 4.87) in the series opener.

    Soroka is coming off his worst start of the season. He allowed five runs on five hits in five innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 12. It was only the second time in 11 starts he has allowed more than two runs in a game. Two starts ago, against the Miami Marlins on June 7, Soroka pitched eight-plus innings and allowed one run.

    Soroka will be making his third career start against the Mets. He is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings in two previous starts. He beat the Mets 2-0 on June 13, 2018, when he worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed one hit with one walk and nine strikeouts.

    Wheeler was roughed up in his last start by the New York Yankees. He allowed a career-high nine runs on 10 hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. It was the first time since April 7 that he failed to complete six innings.

    Wheeler has had trouble with gopher balls. He has given up 13 homers in 88 2/3 innings this season, one shy of his total from a year ago that was amassed in 182 1/3 innings.

    "Any time you're giving up more homers, it's just execution," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "It's getting the ball where you want to. You leave it in the middle against the wrong people, they're going to have a chance to do some damage."

    In 11 career starts against the Braves, Wheeler is 6-3 with a 3.19 ERA. In his most recent start against Atlanta on April 12, Wheeler threw six innings and allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

    Wheeler, who is a native of metro Atlanta, will face a Braves lineup that has been scoring a lot of runs. Atlanta scored 15 runs on Sunday and have scored nine or more runs in 12 games.

    Among the hottest players has been third baseman Josh Donaldson. He was 3-for-4 -- his second straight three-hit game -- and belted a two-run homer on Sunday. He was 7-for-13 with three homers and six RBIs in the three-game series against the Phillies.

    Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb said he was just sore and bruised after being hit by a 102-mph line drive off the bat of Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto on Saturday. Newcomb passed the league's concussion protocol, showing no other effects.

    "He's sore obviously, but all the tests were good," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "He made it through the night good and felt good coming in. ... We're fortunate we dodged a bullet there."

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      • The Mets and Braves have played just one series so far this season, with the division rivals splitting the four games in Atlanta. The Braves are 61-36 against the NL East since the beginning of last season, the best divisional record in the National League over that span.
      • The Mets dropped three of four to the Cardinals in New York, with three of the games decided by a single run, 1-2 record for the Mets. New York has played 25 games this season decided by a single run, tied for second most in MLB (Ari, 27).
      • The Braves took two of three from the visiting Phillies over the weekend, including a 15-1 win on Sunday. Atlanta has hit 19 home runs in its last seven games, all at home, its most in any seven-game span since July 2006.
      • J.D. Davis went 5-for-11 in the four-game series with the Cardinals, including a career-high four hits on Saturday. Davis is batting .304 and slugging .500 against right-handed pitching this season.
      • Josh Donaldson went 7-for-13 against the Phillies with a home run in each of the three games. It is the eighth streak of three-plus games with a home run in his career. His career-long streak of four straight games with a home run came in May 2015, his MVP season with Toronto.
      • Mike Soroka allowed a career-high 10 hits and five earned runs in his last start, a no-decision against the Pirates in Atlanta on June 12. Soroka has not lost in ten consecutive starts and he is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two career starts against the Mets, both in 2018.
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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil grounded out, pitcher Soroka to first baseman Freeman. Alonso struck out. Canó grounded out, first baseman Freeman to pitcher Soroka.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Braves first. Acuña Jr. homered to left on a 2-2 count. Swanson lined out to right fielder Conforto. Freeman singled to left. Donaldson singled to left, Freeman to second. Markakis safe at first on fielder's choice plus fielding error by first baseman Alonso, Freeman scored, Donaldson to third. Riley grounded into a double play, second baseman Canó to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Markakis out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Conforto singled to left. Ramos grounded into a double play, third baseman Donaldson to second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Conforto out. Frazier grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 2:
          Braves second. McCann singled to center. Albies flied out to center fielder Lagares. Soroka grounded into fielder's choice, first baseman Alonso to shortstop Rosario, McCann out. Acuña Jr. popped out to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Rosario singled to left. Rosario stole second. Lagares struck out. Wheeler walked on a full count. McNeil grounded out, first baseman Freeman unassisted, Rosario to third, Wheeler to second. Alonso singled to left, Rosario scored, Wheeler to third. Canó grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 3:
          Braves third. Swanson popped out to first baseman Alonso. Freeman struck out, safe on Wheeler's wild pitch. Donaldson singled to center, Freeman to second. Markakis flied out to center fielder Lagares. Riley lined out to shortstop Rosario.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Conforto fouled out to third baseman Donaldson. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Swanson to first baseman Freeman. Frazier flied out to right fielder Markakis.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Braves fourth. McCann singled to right. Albies struck out. Soroka grounded into fielder's choice, pitcher Wheeler to shortstop Rosario, McCann out. Acuña Jr. grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, Soroka out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. Rosario doubled to center. Lagares grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Rosario to third. Wheeler singled to center, Rosario scored. McNeil grounded into a double play, second baseman Albies to shortstop Swanson to first baseman Freeman, Wheeler out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 5:
          Braves fifth. Swanson walked. Freeman singled to right, Swanson to second. On Wheeler's wild pitch, Swanson to third, Freeman to second. Donaldson flied out to center fielder Lagares. Markakis singled to left, Swanson scored, Freeman scored. Riley lined out to left fielder McNeil. McCann walked on four pitches, Markakis to second. Albies singled to center, Markakis scored, McCann to second. Soroka grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier unassisted, McCann out, Albies to second.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 3

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Alonso flied out to right fielder Markakis. Canó homered to right on the first pitch. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Swanson to first baseman Freeman. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Swanson to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 6:
          Braves sixth. Acuña Jr. singled to left. Acuña Jr. was picked off, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso. Swanson struck out. Freeman struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Webb pitching. Frazier flied out to left fielder Riley. Rosario flied out to right fielder Markakis. Lagares walked on four pitches. Smith pinch-hitting for Wheeler. Minter pitching. Smith walked on four pitches, Lagares to second. McNeil grounded out, first baseman Freeman unassisted.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Braves seventh. Familia pitching. Donaldson flied out to center fielder Lagares. Markakis singled to center. Riley walked on four pitches, Markakis to second. McCann walked, Markakis to third, Riley to second. Gagnon pitching. Albies singled to right, Markakis scored, Riley scored, McCann to second. Joyce pinch-hitting for Minter. Joyce singled to right, McCann to third, Albies to second. Acuña Jr. hit an infield single to third, McCann scored, Albies to third, Joyce to second. Swanson popped out to second baseman Canó. Freeman walked, Albies scored, Joyce to third, Acuña Jr. to second. Donaldson grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Freeman out.
          Runs: 4, Hits: 4

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. Blevins pitching. Alonso flied out to center fielder Acuña Jr. Canó grounded out, first baseman Freeman to pitcher Blevins. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Swanson to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Braves eighth. Markakis grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Gagnon. Riley walked. McCann homered to right on a 1-2 count, Riley scored. Albies homered to right on a 1-0 count. Culberson pinch-hitting for Blevins. Culberson grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Acuña Jr. walked on a full count. Pounders pitching. Swanson struck out.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 2

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Dayton pitching. Culberson in as left fielder. Ramos singled to center. Hechavarría pinch-running for Ramos. Frazier walked on a full count, Hechavarría to second. Rosario struck out. Lagares struck out. Davis pinch-hitting for Pounders. Davis struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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          • #6


            Soroka Wins 8th Straight Decision, Braves Mash Mets, 12-3


            by GEORGE HENRY

            ATLANTA, GA -- Mike Soroka knows he doesn't have to pitch perfectly when the Atlanta Braves keep scoring runs so often.

            "Everything's just hard-hit baseball after hard-hit baseball," Soroka said. "It's contagious. It carries out to the mound for all of us."

            Soroka won his eighth straight decision, Ozzie Albies homered and drove in four runs, and the surging Braves beat the New York Mets 12-3 on Monday night.

            Nick Markakis hit a tie breaking, two-run single in the fifth inning and Brian McCann reached five times and homered as the NL East-leading Braves improved to 13-3 in June, best in the majors this month.

            Atlanta, which scored 15 runs a day earlier against Philadelphia, has plated 90 runs in winning 10 of its last 11 - the best run the offense Atlanta has had over 11 games since 2006.

            "Everyone's having just really good, solid at-bats," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "The takes are good. They're not missing on pitches and getting good decisions on them. Everybody is just geared up and focused on their at-bats."

            New York continued to struggle on the road, losing for the 12th time in 16 games away from Citi Field and dropping 8 1/2 games behind the Braves.

            Soroka (8-1) gave up three runs, six hits and allowed just his third homer in 12 starts this year, a solo shot by Robinson Cano in the sixth. He walked one and struck out two in six innings.

            Soroka's winning streak is the longest in the majors by a pitcher under 22 since Dontrelle Willis won the same number for the 2003 Florida Marlins, but the right-hander has given up eight earned runs over his last two starts, the same total he allowed over his previous eight outings from April 29-June 7. His ERA rose 20 points to 2.12.

            "The last couple of times I haven't had the best feel for my slider, and a lot of times that's the pitch we need for some strikeouts," Soroka said. "But you keep attacking. It was good with the sinker and the changeup today. You're still going to keep them off balance and you're going to get outs."

            Atlanta went up 5-2 in the fifth on Markakis' opposite-field bloop single to left and Albies' RBI single.

            The Braves led 2-0 in the first. Ronald Acuna Jr., the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year, hit his 17th homer, the 11th of his career to begin a game and the 22nd to begin an inning. Freddie Freeman singled and scored from second on first baseman Pete Alonso's fielding error.

            New York cut the margin in the third when Alonso lined an RBI single to left. The Mets tied it at 2-all in the fifth on pitcher Zack Wheeler's RBI single to left and made it 5-3 on Cano's fourth homer.

            Wheeler (5-5) allowed five runs - four earned - and 10 hits in six innings.

            Reliever Jeurys Familia, whose ERA stands at 16.50 over his last six innings, was charged with three of the four runs that crossed in the seventh, turning a 5-3 deficit into a blowout. Albies lined a two-run single to right to begin the scoring.

            "We just stunk," New York manager Mickey Callaway said. "Again, we weren't good. We've got to recalibrate what we're doing and we have to do the job better. That's just plain and simple."

            McCann and Albies homered in the eighth.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Mets: MRI results on RHP Noah Syndergaard's right leg showed a low-grade hamstring strain. Syndergaard is on the injured list and will miss at least one start. ... OF Brandon Nimmo, sidelined since May 21 with neck stiffness, is getting a second opinion. Callaway said there is no timetable for Nimmo's return. ... LHP Jason Vargas, who left Sunday's loss to St. Louis with a left calf cramp, is expected to make his next turn in the rotation.

            Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb played catch before the game and has shown no ill effects from getting hit in the back of the head by a liner and leaving Saturday's game. Snitker said Newcomb is not symptomatic other than where he got hit and is under no restrictions. The manager expects Newcomb to pitch out of the bullpen as soon as Wednesday.

            KEUCHEL'S DEBUT

            Snitker said LHP Dallas Keuchel is in line to make his Atlanta debut Friday at Washington, adding that the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner won't need a third minor league start to get ready. Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last season for Houston.

            UP NEXT

            Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.38 ERA) is 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last five starts. In 18 career starts against Atlanta, deGrom is 6-6 with a 1.86 ERA.

            Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 2.92 ERA) is 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA in his last eight starts. In 25 career starts and one relief appearance against New York, Teheran is 10-7 with a 2.35 ERA.

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