Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Braves 2
By Adam Rubin
ATLANTA -- Dillon Gee continued his surge. The Mets salvaged the series finale.
Gee limited Atlanta to one run and four hits in seven innings to earn his team-leading 11th win and Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda homered as the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-2, Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.
The Braves won the season series, 10-9. But the Mets fared well compared with their NL East brethren. Atlanta is 30-13 against the division’s other three teams.
With Atlanta in control of the division, the Braves skipped Julio Teheran to conserve his innings count and instead gave journeyman Kameron Loe his first major league start since 2007 with the Texas Rangers.
Loe surrendered a first-inning two-run homer to Brown. Duda then led off what became a three-run third with his first major league homer since June 12, before a disabled-list trip and demotion.
In 4 1/3 innings, Loe ultimately surrendered 11 hits, the most by a pitcher against the Mets this season.
Brown twice stranded the bases loaded after his homer, but Gee did not need the additional support.
After left fielder Eric Young Jr. dropped a fly ball, Gee overcame two runners in scoring position with one out in the first inning by consecutively striking out Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird. Gee then cruised into the fifth, when he surrendered consecutive singles to Dan Uggla and Paul Janish and eventually a sacrifice fly to B.J. Upton that pulled the Braves within 5-1.
Gee’s final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He threw 101 pitches (77 strikes).
Gee has completed six innings in a career-high 13 straight starts. He went 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in six starts in August.
Freddie Freeman homered against Vic Black in the eighth to pull the Braves within three runs. Freeman hit .338 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 at-bats against the Mets this season.
What’s next: The Mets spend an off-day in Cleveland on Thursday, then open a three-game weekend series against the Indians. Zack Wheeler (7-3, 3.36 ERA) opposes left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-7, 4.36) in Friday’s opener. It will mark Kazmir’s first-ever appearance against his original organization.