Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Braves 3

August, 20, 2013
8/20/13
10:22
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler likes pitching against his hometown team.

The Georgia native bested Atlanta for the third time this season as the Mets cruised to a 5-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wheeler is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA versus Atlanta in three games.

The Mets have now won two straight and are 8-7 against the division leader.

Hot Wheels: Zack Wheeler cruised against Atlanta before running into trouble with two outs in the seventh. A double and consecutive walks led to his departure, and those three runners all scored on an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons. Wheeler pitched better than his final line, as he was in complete control for most of the game. He was one out away from his third straight start of at least six innings while allowing one run or fewer. Wheeler lasted 6 2/3 innings and yielded three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five.

Byrd blast: Marlon Byrd set his new career high by blasting his 21st homer in the sixth to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Byrd's two-run shot pushed him above his previous career high he set in 2009 with Texas. Byrd leads the Mets with his 21 homers and 70 RBIs. Byrd finished 1-for-4.

First hit: Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud collected his first career hit with a double in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-4 and is 1-for-11 to start his career. The Mets tweeted that d'Arnaud's father, Lance, was in attendance.

Not good prep: Friday's starter, Carlos Torres, faced just one batter Tuesday and gave up a bases-clearing double to Simmons that made it 4-3 in the seventh. Scott Rice retired Freddie Freeman with the tying run on third.

What a catch: Eric Young Jr. had an amazing grab to end the top of the sixth as he dove to his right to haul in a low liner from Atlanta catcher Brian McCann.

Ike with a pair: Ike Davis drove in the Mets' first run in the first and added a solo homer in the eighth. It's his first game with multiple RBIs since July 26.

UP NEXT: The Mets will try to sweep this brief two-game set when Jon Niese (5-6, 4.25 ERA) faces Alex Wood (2-2, 2.61) at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .297
HRL. Duda 22
RBIL. Duda 66
RD. Murphy 69
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 145