Torres limited the Pirates to one run in five innings in his first start, prior to the All-Star break. In four relief appearances against the Braves earlier this season, Torres shut Atlanta out over 7 1/3 innings.
Tuesday's news reports:
• Dillon Gee took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday, pitched seven scoreless innings, yet ended up with a no-decision. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Wall Street Journal and MLB.com.
• The Braves' Jason Heyward made a fabulous catch to end Monday's game and preserve Atlanta's victory. He also robbed Justin Turner on the play, in Turner's first game after returning from the disabled list. Read more in the Daily News.
• The Mets haven't given up hope of being in the playoff mix, despite Monday night's loss, being nine games under .500 and trailing the Braves by 11 games in the standings. “It’s kind of like we’re not too far back, we can still peck away, we can still make something happen,” Marlon Byrd said. Read more in the Post.
BIRTHDAYS: No former Mets players were born on July 23, but a pair of former Brooklyn Dodgers were -- Hall of Famers Pee Wee Reese (1918) and Don Drysdale (1936).
TWEET OF THE DAY:
The 30 MLB teams ranked top to bottom in Web Gems. Jason Heyward likely added to Braves total with game-ending catch pic.twitter.com/LRy86huy9s
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 23, 2013
YOU'RE UP: Do the Mets really have any chance of making the playoffs?