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Tuesday, September 3rd
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (62-74) at Atlanta Braves (84-53), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Carlos Torres (3-2, 2.77)
Atlanta - Kris Medlen (11-12, 3.58)
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves followed up a shutout defeat with one of
their best offensive showings of the season.
The National League East leaders next try to secure a series victory on
Tuesday night when they play the middle contest of a three-game set with the
New York Mets.
The Braves were shut out for the 13th time this season on Sunday in the finale
of their series with the Miami Marlins, but erupted for 17 hits in a 13-5 rout
of the Mets yesterday.
Freddie Freeman matched a career high with five RBI, collecting two hits and a
three-run homer. Jordan Schafer added four hits and stole three bases before
exiting with a lower back strain, while Justin Upton scored three times.
"I guess we were seeing the ball well. We can really swing the bat well. That
is great to see. Freddie is doing what he has been doing all year. We did
really well today," said Andrelton Simmons, who finished 2-for-5 with three
Paul Maholm allowed three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out
four over five innings for Atlanta, notching his first win since June 30.
The Braves won for the seventh time in eight games and reduced their magic
number to claim their first NL East title since 2005 to 11. They lead
Washington by 15 games in the standings after the Nationals lost to
Philadelphia on Monday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled in his third start for the Mets. He gave up six
runs over just three innings of work, throwing 72 pitches and watching his
earned run average swell to 10.95. He has lost all three outings this year and
has not won since Aug. 27, 2012.
Daniel Murphy, Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda each drove in one run apiece for
the Mets, who have dropped two straight.
"It was just one of those days where we couldn't get them out and we couldn't
drive guys in. Add that up and it is a tough day," said Mets first baseman
Kris Medlen will try to make things tough for the Mets again tonight and pick
up a second straight win.
The right-hander went 4-2 with a 3.00 earned run average in six appearances
last month, making five starts. Medlen snapped a two-decision skid on Thursday
versus Cleveland, scattering six hits over seven scoreless innings of a 3-1
He struck out six and did not walk a batter, improving to 11-12 with a 3.58
ERA this season.
"I think I've strung a few starts together where I feel pretty confident. I
had some loud outs early on (tonight), but I think we made some adjustments
even when I messed up a few fastballs where I was trying to go in," said
The 27-year-old is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 18 previous meetings with the Mets,
including eight starts.
Carlos Torres will make his second straight start in place of the injured Matt
Harvey and pitched very well in a win over the Phillies on Thursday. The 30-
year-old righty allowed just a run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings while
fanning six in the 11-3 decision.
"It was good to have Carlos step up, because we don't know what's going to
happen in the next couple weeks," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Certainly
we need starting pitching so I'm glad he did a good job for us."
Torres is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 27 games this season. That includes four
starts and one of those came versus the Braves on July 23. Torres won on that
day as well, logging six innings of one-run ball.
He is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in six career meetings with Atlanta, including the
one start, and has allowed one run over 13 1/3 innings against them with 14
The Braves have won nine of 17 over the Mets this season, splitting eight
encounters in Atlanta.
09/03 10:30:48 ET