Julio Teheran out pitched reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom as the Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets 7-3.
The Mets got on the board first when Teheran left an off speed pitch out of over the plate that J.D. Davis lined into the left center stands for a solo home run. However, the Braves answered right back in the bottom half of the inning when Nick Markakis answered with a solo home run of his own to right.
Atlanta took the lead in the third as Ozzie Albies led off with a single, stole second and took third as Wilson Ramos’ throw down got away into center field. Albies would score on an opposite field single by Ronald Acuña Jr. that made it 2-1.
The Braves tacked on another run in the fifth when Josh Donaldson lined a missile into the left center seats for his second homer of the season to make it 3-1.
That was more than enough for Teheran who was in complete control throughout allowing six hits and one run over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. DeGrom struck out nine over five innings but walked four and allowed two more home runs giving him a total of five allowed over his last two starts.
Atlanta tacked on two more runs in the fifth on a two-run pinch-hit home run by Charlie Culberson off of Mets reliever Justin Wilson. Johan Camargo drove home Markakis in the seventh with an RBI double to make it 6-1.
Jesse Biddle worked a scoreless seventh and then gave way to Jonny Venters who struck out Michale Conforto but then allowed a single to Ramos and a double to Jeff McNeil. Venters was then replaced by Luke Jackson who then allowed an infield single to Amed Rosario that scored Ramos to make it 6-2. Jackson then got pinch hitter Dominic Smith to fly out to right for the second out of the inning but then surrendered a two-out single to Keon Broxton that scored McNeil to make it 6-3. After a visit by pitching coach Rick Kranitz, Jackson came back and struck out Brandon Nimmo to escape the jam.
Albies struck again in the ninth as he greeted Mets reliever Jeurys Familia with a triple into the right field corner. Donaldson followed with a single to left that scored Albies to make it 7-3. A.J. Minter came on and retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the victory.
With the win, Atlanta improves to 9-6 on the season and salvages a split in their series with the Mets. They will enjoy an off day on Monday before opening up a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.