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Bullpen comes up big for Braves in 4-0 win over Mets

Atlanta’s bullpen came up big in relief of Kyle Wright.

MLB: JUL 31 Mets at Braves Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Kyle Wright could not escape the fourth inning but held the Mets scoreless to help the Atlanta Braves to a 4-0 win Sunday at Truist Park.

This start was another mixed bag for Kyle Wright who once again showed signs of breaking through. He was not able to work deep into the game but was able to escape without any damage. Wright worked out of a bases loaded situation in the first getting Robinson Cano to ground into an inning ending double play.

Two more Mets reached in the second, but Wright struck out Brandon Nimmo to leave them stranded. Jeff McNeil led off the third with a liner that was misplayed by Acuña in center although the play was ruled a double. Wright again would escape with no damage striking out Cano and J.D. Davis to end the threat.

The Braves broke through against Mets starter David Peterson in the third. Adam Duvall led off with a single and then moved all the way to third on a double by Austin Riley. Adeiny Hechavarria, starting in place of Ozzie Albies, then grounded into a fielder’s choice to Jeff McNeil at third. Duvall was initially caught in a rundown but was able to scramble his way back to third to load the bases. Peterson then walked Ronald Acuña Jr. on four pitches to force in the first run of the ballgame.

Peterson then struck out Dansby Swanson, but Riley came home on a ground out by Freddie Freeman to make it 2-0. Peterson would escape the inning without further damage.

Dominic Smith greeted Wright with a leadoff single in the fourth. Amed Rosario lined out to Acuña for the first out but Tomas Nido followed with a single to put runners at first and second. That would be it for Wright who would exit having allowed five hits and four walks, but no runs in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five while throwing 75 pitches. Tyler Matzek would come on and retire the next two hitters, striking out McNeil to end the fourth.

Atlanta tacked on another run in the bottom half of the inning as Johan Camargo went down and got an 0-1 offering from Peterson and drove it out to left center to increase the lead to 3-0.

They would add an insurance run in the eighth as Acuña doubled and then came around to score on a single by Freeman.

Atlanta’s bullpen came up big as Matzek, A.J. Minter, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in relief of Wright.

The Braves improve to 7-3 on the season and push their winning streak to five. They will go for a sweep on Monday when Mike Soroka matches up against Jacob deGrom in a rematch of Opening Day.

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