NEW YORK -- The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact.In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held
NEW YORK -- The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact.
In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.
All the offense Teheran needed came in the first inning, when the Braves jumped on Mets starter Robert Gsellman for five of the six runs against him, pouncing on a sinker that dipped to a season-low 89 mph. By the fifth, Gsellman was out of the game, still winless after four starts.
"We've kind of been waiting for that [offense]," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It was just nice to score some runs. It's in us. We just haven't quite hit our stride yet."
April was far kinder to Teheran, who moved to 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA against the Mets since the start of 2013. Over that same stretch, the right-hander is 41-40 with a 3.51 mark versus all other teams. At Citi Field, Teheran has submitted his best recent work, allowing two runs over his last 29 innings. He improved to 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his last seven starts overall against New York.
"Whenever you have a lineup you do well against and you see them coming up on the schedule, you're happy," Teheran said. "Now I face them again next week at home."
The Braves finished with 16 hits, while catcher Tyler Flowers matched his career high with four RBIs.
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Early lead: That Teheran stepped to the plate for an at-bat before throwing a pitch speaks to how the game went for both teams. Taking advantage of some early Gsellman wildness, the Braves walked twice, rapped out four hits and scored five times in the first inning. Flowers struck the biggest blow with his three-run double, moments after Gsellman committed a throwing error to load the bases with one out.
"It seems like a lot of times we haven't been able to come up with that big hit," Flowers said.
Rally fizzles: Teheran's spell over the Mets seemed to weaken in the fourth inning, when a leadoff walk and two singles loaded the bases with no outs. But Neil Walker's sacrifice fly was all the Mets could muster from that rally; Curtis Granderson popped out and Travis d'Arnaud flied out to end the Mets' best threat.
"We've seen when we've gotten him on the ropes, he's been able to wiggle out of jams, and then nights like tonight when he's got a big lead early in the game, he knows how to get outs in situations," Walker said of Teheran. "We have plenty more opportunities against him this year and hopefully we'll do a better job next time."
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Most of the damage against Gsellman this season has come in the first inning. The rookie owns a 20.25 ERA in the first this season, versus a 3.24 mark in all other innings of his four starts.
"He fell behind in counts," manager Terry Collins said. "When you fall behind in counts in the big leagues, you're going to get in trouble."
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UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Collins improved to 5-4 on challenges this season when umpires overturned the call of an infield hit for reliever Matt Wisler leading off the ninth.
Braves: Right-hander R.A. Dickey (1-2, 3.86 ERA) starts Thursday's series finale for the Braves, making his first start at Citi Field since the December 2012 trade that sent him from the Mets to the Blue Jays. Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 1.73 ERA), acquired in that trade, will be on the mound for the Mets, with first pitch set for 1:10 p.m. ET.
Mets: The Mets discussed using Syndergaard on his regular turn Tuesday, but instead started Gsellman following Tuesday's rainout to keep all their starting pitchers in order. As a result, Syndergaard will pitch the Mets' 1:10 p.m. ET series finale against the Braves.
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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.