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Wednesday, September 4th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (62-75) at Atlanta Braves (85-53), 12:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (10-9, 3.63)
Atlanta - Kameron Loe (0-1, 6.55)
(Sports Network) - After moving 32 games over .500 for the first time in 10
years, the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves continue their march towards the
playoffs on Wednesday afternoon when they aim for a sweep of the three-game
series with the New York Mets.
The Braves have put together a 31-12 record since the All-Star break and have
taken eight of their last nine games. They enter this finale at 85-53 on the
season, the most games they have been over .500 since ending the 2003 campaign
Atlanta's offense was struggling for the second time in three games on Tuesday
before the bats got going against New York starter Carlos Torres. Evan Gattis
connected on a one-out solo homer in the seventh and Andrelton Simmons
followed a Dan Uggla walk with his 13th home run of the season.
Craig Kimbrel later sealed the 3-1 win by extending his club record of
consecutive saves to 34 straight.
"That's what we're about," said Simmons. "We always feel like we're in
ballgames. Especially in games that close."
The victory lowered the Braves' magic number to clinch their first NL East
title since 2005 to 10.
Torres had allowed just one runner to reach second base through the first six
innings before his struggles in the seventh.
"The pitches we're getting by them early," said Torres. "I felt like I had
good location with my pitches, but I need to be able to get it in more.
Baseball usually comes down to one or two pitches, one or two at-bats. That's
the way it goes."
Eric Young went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Daniel Murphy drove in the
lone run in the Mets' third straight setback.
The Mets do catch a bit of a break today as they will not face Atlanta starter
Julio Teheran, who is having his turned in the rotation skipped to get him
some extra rest. He is 11-7 with a 3.01 earned run average on the year,
throwing 161 1/3 innings in his 26 starts. Teheran is expected to make his
next scheduled start on Sept. 10.
The Braves will instead give the starting assignment to 31-year-old Kameron
Loe, who makes his first start since 2007 with Texas. He makes his third
appearance of the season with Atlanta and first since July 25.
Loe has pitched for three clubs this year -- the Seattle Mariners, Chicago
Cubs and Braves -- and is 1-2 with an 8.15 ERA in 13 total appearances. The
righty has never started against the Mets, but is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA versus
them in five relief outings.
Dillon Gee hopes to salvage the finale today for the Mets and is 10-9 with a
3.63 ERA in 27 starts.
The right-hander has won three of his last four decisions and is coming off a
3-1 win over Washington on Friday. Gee allowed a pair of runs on six hits and
a walk in 7 2/3 innings.
"I just want to give the team a chance to win every time I'm out there," said
Gee, who has a 2.01 ERA over his last nine games. "I feel like if I do that
then I'll be happy."
Gee threw seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball the last time he faced the
Braves on July 22. The 27-year-old got a no-decision and is 3-4 with a 3.12
ERA in 11 career matchups with Atlanta.
The Braves have won 10 of 18 over the Mets this season.
09/04 10:29:03 ET