- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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Juan Lagares had a tiebreaking homer and Dillon Gee won for the first time since July 9 as the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Tuesday at Citi Field despite playing without their injured Nos. 2 and 3 hitters.
The Braves entered the day trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by a half-game for the second wild-card spot.
Lagares, who had snapped a 227 at-bat homerless drought on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, produced a two-run homer against Alex Wood in the fourth to break a 1-all tie.
Gee had been 0-5 with a 5.71 ERA in his past seven starts. His last win also had come against the Braves.
This time, Gee (5-6) limited Atlanta to two runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.
After Gee held the Braves hitless through 3 2/3 innings, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton produced consecutive doubles that evened the score at 1. Upton has 24 RBIs in August, the most of any month in his career.
Leading 3-1 in the seventh, Gee surrendered a leadoff infield single to Upton and walked Chris Johnson. Gee then coaxed a double-play grounder from Evan Gattis, but surrendered an RBI single to Tommy La Stella as the Braves pulled within a run.
Terry Collins pulled Gee after that pitch -- No. 101. Jeurys Familia entered and recorded the final out of the seventh. Familia also tossed a scoreless eighth.
Jenrry Mejia converted his 19th save despite surrendering a leadoff single to Upton.