Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Braves 3, Mets 1
By Adam Rubin
ATLANTA -- Hurry back, David Wright.
The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Mets at Turner Field with a 3-1 win Wednesday night.
The Mets (37-48) fell 11 games under .500 and now trail first-place Atlanta by 10 games in the division, both season worsts. The Amazin's lost six of seven games on their trip to Pittsburgh and Atlanta, with Wright missing all but the first game because of a bruised left rotator cuff.
deFeated: Jacob deGrom loaded the bases with none out in the first on a leadoff single by B.J. Upton and two walks. The rookie right-hander then nearly escaped. DeGrom struck out Justin Upton and coaxed a flyout from Jason Heyward that was too shallow for B.J. Upton to tag. However, with two outs, Chris Johnson smoked a three-run double past third baseman Eric Campbell’s backhand.
DeGrom required 37 pitches to navigate the first inning. He subsequently contributed four scoreless frames and departed with the Mets trailing 3-1 and his pitch count at 110.
DeGrom’s line: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. His ERA now stands at 3.77.
Campbell had a chance for redemption in the sixth when he batted with two runners on base and two outs. However, Braves starter Julio Teheran struck him out and Atlanta’s two-run lead remained intact.
What’s next: The Mets, who now have completed a stretch of 25 of 33 on the road, take a day off Thursday. The Texas Rangers then visit Citi Field this weekend. Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.88 ERA) opposes right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-3, 3.65) in the Fourth of July series opener.