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  • Mets @ Braves: 08/13 7:20 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, WCNN



    GAME 119, ROAD GAME 64

    Tuesday, 13th August,
    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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    Mets Visit Atlanta Trying to Gain More Ground



    The New York Mets have been the hottest team in baseball over the last three weeks, going from an afterthought to a playoff contender.

    A three-game series in Atlanta, beginning Tuesday, gives them a chance to further improve their position as a postseason participant.

    The Mets were 14 games behind the Braves on July 22. After splitting their next two games, they've since gone 15-2 and moved to within eight games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East. New York also entered Monday within one game of the second wild-card spot.

    The series will be New York's final appearance at Atlanta's SunTrust Park this season. The rivals have two remaining series in New York, including the final three games of the season. The Braves lead the season series 6-4.

    The series opener features Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (13-4, 4.11 ERA) against New York right-hander Zack Wheeler (9-6, 4.20).

    Fried is 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA in eight career appearances (four starts) against the Mets, including 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts this season.

    Wheeler is 6-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Braves, going 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts this season.

    Both teams continue to deal with bullpen issues. The Braves thought they fixed that weakness by acquiring three new arms at the trade deadline, but the problems continue to exist.

    Shane Greene, brought in to be the closer, has allowed five runs in four innings, blown two saves and suffered a loss in five appearances since joining the Braves. Chris Martin has allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings and gave up a walk-off homer on Aug. 5.

    Mark Melancon has been the best of the three, posting four scoreless appearances before yielding four runs in a third of an inning at Miami on Saturday.

    In the finale of the four-game series in Miami, the Braves brought deposed closer Luke Jackson in to hold a one-run lead. He gave up three hits in the ninth inning, but hung on for the save.

    "These guys have been under a little scrutiny or whatever," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "It's great how they picked each other up. We're going to need them. It's a good bullpen.

    "Every facet of your game at some point, whether it's hitting, all that kind of stuff, it's not perfect all the time. These guys will keep fighting."


    The Mets have tried to work around the poor season produced by closer Edwin Diaz, who has 24 saves but is 1-6 with a 5.60 ERA. He has allowed seven runs over his last six outings and tied his career high with a fifth blown save. He gave up two runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-4 loss to Washington.

    Lately, New York has turned to Seth Lugo. He has a 2.65 ERA this season, but since April 22, he has 59 strikeouts, only nine walks and a 1.80 ERA. He was the National League's Reliever of the Month for July.

    Lugo is also capable of working more than one inning, although that generally leaves him unavailable to pitch the next day.

    Another option is deposed reliever Jeurys Familia. He struck out the side against the Nationals on Sunday in his lone inning. But Familia has been on the injured list twice already with a right shoulder issue.

    "I think you always have to be open for adjustments," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "The season is going to change. Guys are going to be effective at times, not effective at times. At this point, the sample sizes aren't that small anymore.

    "I believe that guys have earned a right to do something until they haven't."



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      • New York is 21-7 since the All-Star break and has won 15 of its last 17 games. Atlanta has taken two series against the Mets this season, with the teams splitting a four-game set in April.
      • The Mets were 38-47 through June 30 with a 5.58 bullpen ERA, third-worst in the majors, and had converted an MLB-worst 47.5 percent of their saves. Since July 1, their bullpen ERA is 3.78 and they have converted nine of 10 save opportunities, contributing to a 23-10 record over that span.
      • The Braves' bullpen has a 6.90 ERA since the All-Star break, second worst in the majors (Col, 7.43), and has allowed a league-high .303 opponents' batting average since the break.
      • Ronald Acuna Jr. is tied for the major-league high with 15 runs (Gio Urshela, NYY) and eight home runs (Aristides Aquino, Cin) in August, while his 15 RBI this month are one off the MLB lead (Aquino). Acuna also has 16 strikeouts in August, tied with teammate Adam Duvall, the Mets' Pete Alonso and Cleveland's Franmil Reyes for the most in MLB.
      • Zack Wheeler has pitched 15 scoreless innings with a 2-0 record in August while walking just one batter. Wheeler had a 5.94 ERA in July, giving him the third-largest drop in NL ERA from July to August (min. 10 IP in both months).
      • Julio Teheran has a career 2.68 ERA in 28 games against the Mets, with an opponent batting average of .202 and OPS of .609, all his best marks against any division opponent.
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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil struck out. Rosario grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman. Alonso walked on a full count. Davis walked on a full count, Alonso to second. Ramos grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Culberson to second baseman Albies, Davis out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Braves first. Acuña Jr. singled to right. Albies flied out to left fielder Davis. Freeman singled to right, Acuña Jr. to third. Donaldson singled to center, Acuña Jr. scored, Freeman to second. McCann flied out to right fielder Conforto. Joyce singled to right, Freeman scored, Donaldson to third. Inciarte walked, Joyce to second. Culberson struck out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 4

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Freeman unassisted. Frazier flied out to right fielder Joyce. Lagares singled to center. Wheeler was hit by a pitch, Lagares to second. McNeil singled to left, Lagares scored, Wheeler to second. Rosario struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 2:
          Braves second. Fried doubled to left. Acuña Jr. grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Albies struck out. Freeman singled to left, Fried scored. Donaldson singled to left, Freeman to second. McCann flied out to center fielder Lagares.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 3

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Alonso lined out to left fielder Acuña Jr. Davis popped out to second baseman Albies. Ramos singled to right. Conforto popped out to shortstop Culberson.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Braves third. Joyce singled to left. Inciarte lined out to center fielder Lagares. Culberson grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Joyce out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Frazier popped out to shortstop Culberson. Lagares doubled to center. Wheeler grounded out, pitcher Fried to first baseman Freeman, Lagares to third. McNeil struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 4:
          Braves fourth. Fried grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Acuña Jr. homered to left on a full count. Albies singled to right. Freeman walked, Albies to second. Donaldson grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Freeman out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. Rosario grounded out, first baseman Freeman unassisted. Alonso grounded out, pitcher Fried to first baseman Freeman. Davis struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Braves fifth. McCann singled to center. Joyce lined out to center fielder Lagares. On Wheeler's wild pitch, McCann to second. Inciarte doubled to right, McCann scored. Culberson grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Fried lined out to shortstop Rosario.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Ramos walked on a full count. Conforto grounded into a double play, third baseman Donaldson to second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Ramos out. Frazier doubled to center. Lagares singled to left, Frazier to third. Frazier was out advancing, left fielder Acuña Jr. to catcher McCann, Frazier out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 6:
          Braves sixth. Brach pitching. Acuña Jr. grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Albies grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Brach. Freeman flied out to left fielder Davis.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Brach. Jackson pitching. Guillorme popped out to shortstop Culberson. McNeil struck out. Rosario struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Braves seventh. Avilán pitching. Donaldson hit an infield single to third. McCann flied out to right fielder Conforto. Duvall pinch-hitting for Joyce. Duvall was hit by a pitch, Donaldson to second. Inciarte struck out. Familia pitching. Culberson struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. Acuña Jr. in as right fielder. Duvall in as left fielder. Greene pitching. Alonso singled to center. Davis singled to center, Alonso to second. Ramos grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Culberson to second baseman Albies, Alonso to third, Davis out. Blevins pitching. Conforto grounded into fielder's choice, first baseman Freeman to shortstop Culberson, Alonso scored, Ramos out. Swarzak pitching. Frazier singled to left, Conforto to second. Lagares hit an infield single to first, Conforto scored, Frazier to second. Panik pinch-hitting for Familia. Panik grounded out, shortstop Culberson to first baseman Freeman.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 4

          Bottom of 8:
          Braves eighth. Gagnon pitching. Ortega pinch-hitting for Swarzak. Ortega flied out to left fielder Davis. Acuña Jr. grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Albies grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Gagnon.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Melancon pitching. McNeil grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman. Rosario struck out. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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            Acuña Homers, Shines Defensively, Braves Beat Mets 5-3


            by PAUL NEWBERRY

            ATLANTA, GA -- Ronald Acuna Jr. heard chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" as he trotted off the field in the sixth inning, tipping his cap to the crowd when he reached the dugout.

            Maybe the Atlanta fans are on to something.

            It was another dazzling all-around night for the 21-year-old phenom, who scored his 100th run after smashing one off the wall, hit another one into the seats, and showed off his dazzling arm with a bullet of a throw to the plate.

            Acuna's heroics carried Max Fried to his fifth straight win, leading the Braves past the New York Mets 5-3 on a sweltering Tuesday night.

            "It's kind of normal for me now," Fried said. "He's a tremendous player and he plays hard every night."

            With Atlanta under a heat alert and the temperature at 94 degrees for the first pitch, the Braves cooled down a New York team that had won 15 of its last 17 games to surge into playoff contention.

            Acuna sparked a two-run first against Zack Wheeler by leading off with a long single off the wall in right-center, coming around to score his 100th run of the season on Josh Donaldson's single. In the fourth, the youngster lined a 409-foot drive into the left-field seats for his 34th homer.

            He wasn't done, either. Acuna ended the sixth by scooping up a single to left by Juan Lagares and rifling a one-hop throw to the plate to get Todd Frazier trying to score from second.

            "His arm is a weapon," manager Brian Snitker said.

            The Mets have lost two in a row for the first time since July 18-19 at San Francisco.

            Wheeler (9-7) took the blame. The suburban Atlanta native was pounded for 12 hits and all five Atlanta runs before he was lifted after the fifth.

            "I just didn't have it," Wheeler said. "It stinks. We're on this run and I really didn't give us a chance. This one's on me."

            Fried (14-4) went six strong innings, surrendering his lone run in the second after plunking Wheeler with a two-out, two-strike pitch. Jeff McNeil followed with a run-scoring single.

            That was it for the Mets against Fried, who threw exactly 100 pitches, surrendering six hits and three walks.

            The Braves' shaky bullpen, coming off a grim weekend in Miami, protected the lead even though Shane Greene was charged with two more runs while retiring just one hitter in the eighth. The former Detroit closer has a 14.55 ERA since coming to Atlanta in a trade-deadline deal.

            Luke Jackson worked a perfect seventh and Mark Melancon, another trade-deadline acquisition, went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his first save with the Braves and second of the season.

            "It was cool," said Melancon, who was coming off an awful outing against the Marlins. "I had goosebumps coming out of the bullpen."

            Atlanta maintained a six-game lead over Washington in the NL East, while the Mets dropped nine games back.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Mets: A tough night got even worse for New York in the ninth inning. Hustling down the line on an infield grounder, All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil pulled up with a left hamstring injury just as he reached the bag. McNeil slammed down his helmet in obvious frustration and trudged slowly off the field accompanied by a trainer. "I didn't feel it pop," McNeil said. "Just a little snag. Nothing crazy." One of the NL's top hitters with a .332 average, McNeil will undergo an MRI on Wednesday to determine the seriousness of the injury. "Hopefully it's not too bad," he said. "Maybe it's just a cramp."

            Braves: Rookie slugger Austin Riley will not need surgery on his injured right knee and expects to return to the Braves' lineup in about two weeks. The outfielder went on the 10-day injured list Aug. 5 after spraining his knee during a workout. ... The outlook is not as promising for Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, who continues to rehab a bruised right foot that already has kept him out far longer than expected. He went on the IL retroactive to July 24 and still is not sure when he'll be able to return.

            ROSTER MOVES

            New York recalled RHP Drew Gagnon from Triple-A Syracuse for this third stint with the team this season.

            Gagnon is 3-1 with a 7.65 ERA in the big leagues. The Mets returned RHP Chris Mazza (0-1, 5.19 ERA in four games) to Syracuse.

            The Braves also made a roster move before the game. OF Rafael Ortega was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was hitting .285 with 21 homers.

            To make room for Ortega, the Braves optioned RHP Patrick Weigel to Gwinnett. He has been with Atlanta for eight days over two brief stints, but has yet to make his major league debut.

            UP NEXT

            Steven Matz (7-7, 4.49) will take the mound for New York in the second game of the series, facing Atlanta's Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.83) in a matchup of left-handers. Matz is coming off a strong outing against the Marlins, surrendering two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 7-2 victory. Keuchel was roughed up by Miami in his last start, giving up eight runs, 10 hits and three homers in 3 2/3 innings.


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