NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a leadoff home run off Zack Wheeler, Julio Teheran won his third straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2 Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.
Hayward connected on Wheeler’s third pitch of the game for his 11th homer this season. After Wil Flores’ home run tied the score in the second, the Braves went ahead for good in the third when Phil Gosselin reached on a bunt single, Freddie Freeman doubled, Justin Upton hit an RBI groundout and shortstop Ruben Tejada allowed Evan Gattis’ two-out bouncer to pop out of his glove for a run-scoring error.
Teheran (13-9) gave up three hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked two.
Craig Kimbrel allowed Eric Campbell’s leadoff single in the ninth and walked Matt den Dekker. After Flores sacrificed, Campbell was thrown out at the plate by Gosselin on Tejada’s grounder to third and pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis flied to left. Kimbrel got his 39th save in 43 chances.
Juan Lagares had an RBI single in the eighth off Jordan Walden before Lucas Duda grounded into a double play. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons ranged onto the outfield grass on the next pitch to snag Travis d’Arnaud’s grounder and made a leaping, one-hop throw to first for the out.
Atlanta began the night 1 1/2 games behind San Francisco for the second NL wild card.
Wheeler (9-9) gave up three runs – two earned – four hits and three walks in seven innings with seven strikeouts. He had been 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 10 starts since losing to Oakland on June 25.
New York has homered in eight straight games for the first time since starting 2013 with 12 in a row.
Braves: LHP Jonny Venters has been told to stop throwing following recurring soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. Venters has had two Tommy John reconstructive surgeries and was examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews. … RHP Gavin Floyd will not throw until October following a visit with Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday. The right-hander is recovering from June surgery to repair a fractured elbow. … 3B Chris Johnson was given the day off.
Mets: RHP Vic Black (neck) and LHP Josh Edgin (elbow) both remained unavailable. Mets manager Terry Collins said the team will be without Black for a couple of days and said Edgin is dealing with a bone spur-like issue. … 2B Daniel Murphy (calf) and David Wright (neck) remained out of the lineup; Wright took a few swings in the indoor batting cages prior to the game. “Today’s the day where he needs to do some stuff and to see how he comes out of it,” Collins said.
Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90 ERA) pitches Thursday night for Atlanta against New York’s Jonathon Niese (7-9, 3.47 ERA) in a matchup of left-handers in the series finale. This will be the fourth career matchup between the two.