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Votto homers in 7th straight game, Reds beat Mets 6-2

Votto homers in 7th straight game, Reds beat Mets 6-2

NEW YORK — Joey Votto homered for the seventh straight game, one shy of a major league record, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night.Votto’s solo homer to center field in the sixth inning extended the Reds’ lead to 3-1. The six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP, serenaded with chants of “Over-rated!” earlier in the evening, seemed to enjoy a leisurely trot around the bases before he flexed and pointed to the name on the back of his uniform while nearing the Cincinnati dugout.He said afterward that was part of an inside joke with manager David Bell about their mutual favorite show, “Ted Lasso.”“I’ve never been in a place like this before,” said the 37-year-old Votto, who has exceeded 30 homers twice in his 15-year career. “And we’ve been playing well lately, so being a part of that, it’s exciting.”Votto has nine homers and 15 RBIs during his streak, which began last Saturday and includes just one hit that wasn’t a homer — an infield single against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds are 5-2 during the surge.Votto is the eighth player to homer in at least seven straight games and the first since Kendrys Morales did it for the Toronto Blue Jays in August 2018. Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993) are the only players to go deep in eight consecutive games.Griffey and Votto were teammates with the Reds from 2007-08.“Right now, it’s insane,” said rookie Jonathan India, who hit two homers and finished with three RBIs. “It’s almost expected. That’s so cool. It’s Joey Votto. He can do those things.”India’s first homer was a leadoff shot that came on Carlos Carrasco’s first pitch with the Mets. Acquired from Cleveland in January, the veteran right-hander finally made his New York debut after a long recovery from a hamstring injury.It was an up-and-down day for the Mets, who made a big deal to get Javier Báez from the Chicago Cubs before baseball’s trade deadline — and then revealed injured ace Jacob deGrom will be shut down for two more weeks because of inflammation in his pitching elbow, making it unlikely he’ll rejoin the NL East leaders before September.DeGrom, who has a 1.08 ERA but hasn’t pitched since July 7, underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage.“It is concerning,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “We want Jake healthy, so this is the best thing. We’ve got to do it and he’s got to do it and nobody’s as frustrated as he is right now, because he’s a guy that loves pitching for his team.”Báez was acquired from the Cubs along with right-hander Trevor Williams — who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse — for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2020 amateur draft. Báez is expected to join the Mets on Saturday and will play shortstop until injured buddy Francisco Lindor (oblique) returns.India’s homer was the only run allowed over four innings by Carrasco, who gave up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.“It was a long time — finally I got to pitch today,” Carrasco said. “Feels really nice, feels really good. I was so excited to get there.”Jeff McNeil laced an RBI double in the bottom of the first to extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. Jesse Winker put the Reds ahead with a run-scoring single in the fifth off Miguel Castro (2-3). Aristides Aquino lofted a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the eighth before India followed with his second homer, a two-run shot.India finished with three hits — his fifth multi-hit effort in his last 11 games.Brandon Drury had a pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth for the Mets.Sonny Gray (3-6) allowed the first four batters he faced to reach but gave up just one run on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.“There’s a chance he doesn’t get out of the first,” Bell said. “Next thing you know, you look up and it’s the sixth.”BACK IN BLACKThe Mets wore their black uniforms — popularized in the late 1990s — for the first time since 2012. Prior to first pitch, a montage of highlights of the Mets in black uniforms — including shots from the 2000 National League pennant-winning celebration — aired as AC/DC’s “Back In Black” blasted from the loudspeakers.RED-HOT INDIAIndia has reached base 53 times in 24 games this month. It’s the second straight month in which he’s reached base at least 50 times. Prior to this season, only two Reds rookies reached base 50 times in a calendar month — Chris Sabo in June 1988 and Adam Dunn in August 2001.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: INF Mike Moustakas (bruised right heel) and OF Nick Senzel (left knee) were each 1-for-2 in their first rehab games with Triple-A Louisville. Both will likely need at least a week at Louisville before returning to the Reds. Moustakas last played May 18, one day after Senzel’s most recent game. … RHP/OF Michael Lorenzen (right hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list and pitched a perfect seventh.Mets: CF Brandon Nimmo felt a pinch in his hamstring making a diving catch in the eighth inning, Rojas said. … Lindor (right oblique) took grounders for a second straight day. … RHP Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgery) threw in the outfield, three days after his first bullpen session since he was shut down May 25. … Carrasco became the 57th player used by the injury-riddled Mets this season, breaking the club record. They have sent 17 starting pitchers to the mound, most before August for any National League team since 1900.UP NEXTReds: LHP Wade Miley (8-4, 2.86 ERA) hasn’t lost since May 19, a span in which he’s 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 10 starts.Mets: LHP Rich Hill (6-4, 3.95) will make his second start for New York following his acquisition from the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23.———More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Riley homers again as Braves win series, inch closer to Mets

Riley homers again as Braves win series, inch closer to Mets

NEW YORK — Austin Riley concluded his big week at Citi Field by hitting a two-run homer and finishing with three RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves inched closer to the NL East-leading New York Mets with a 6-3 victory on Thursday.The Braves won three games in the unusual four-day, five game series to move within four games of the Mets. Atlanta gave up a combined three runs in the two losses.“These guys just kept getting after it,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We pitched really well this series. It’s big, obviously. You say that you come in and it’s five games against a team that you’re chasing, it’s good to win the series.”Riley made it 2-0 in the fourth when he took Taijuan Walker deep to left-center. He added an RBI single in the fifth. Riley had four homers and seven RBIs in the last three games of the series, and has eight longballs in 20 career games at Citi Field.It took Mets nemesis Chipper Jones 28 games to hit eight homers at Shea Stadium, which was across the street from Citi Field. One of Jones’ sons is named Shea, but Riley isn’t ready to christen a kid “Citi.”“Not quite yet,” Riley said. “I’ve got to hit a few more homers before I think of that.”The 24-year-old also made a handful of impressive plays this week at third base. He snared a sharp grounder by J.D. Davis to rob the Mets’ third baseman of a third-inning hit on Thursday.“Riley is an absolute stud,” Braves starting pitcher Drew Smyly said. “He’s still learning, but he’s got a ton of potential.”Abraham Almonte and Dansby Swanson also homered for the Braves, who have yet to climb over .500 this season but haven’t been more than 7 1/2 games behind the Mets.“With our struggles and how we’ve had the ups and downs and everything, we’re right there,” Snitker said.Jesse Chavez (1-2), the second of five Braves pitchers, worked a scoreless fifth. Smyly allowed three runs in four-plus innings, including Pete Alonso’s two-run homer to the third deck in left field — a blast estimated at 453 feet.“That was impressive,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “This kid does a lot of impressive things with his power, but that was really impressive.”Alonso has 12 homers and 26 RBIs in 28 games since June 28 and is batting .321 with six homers and 13 RBIs since winning his second straight Home Run Derby title on July 12.“Every kind of stretch is a little different and for me, I feel like my tempo and my timing is great right now,” Alonso said. “I feel like I have a really strong game plan every single time and I’ve been nice, free and easy at the dish.”Tyler Matzek and Luke Jackson combined for three scoreless innings before Will Smith worked the ninth for his 21st save.Walker (7-5) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over five innings. He’s 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in his last three starts.Jonathan Villar had three hits for the Mets.RAIN, RAIN, STAY AWAYThe Braves’ final scheduled visit to Citi Field this season was played without interruption. Overnight forecasts had thunderstorms descending upon the area, but no rain fell as the game was played under increasingly cloudy skies.STREAKINGJeff McNeil, who went 2-for-4 Wednesday to extend his hitting streak to 15 games — the longest of his career and the longest active streak in the majors — didn’t play. The Mets have been cautious with McNeil, who missed a month with a left hamstring injury and sat out three of the first four games on the current homestand with a sore left leg.In McNeil’s place the Mets started Brandon Drury, who entered Thursday with hits in each of his last six at-bats. He extended the streak to eight with singles in the second and fourth innings. With a chance to tie the franchise record for consecutive at-bats with a hit — set by Jose Vizcaino in 1996 and tied by John Olerud in 1998 — Drury grounded into a double play in the sixth.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: Smyly didn’t miss a start after exiting last Saturday’s outing against the Phillies with a sore left knee.Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (right forearm) threw a side session, his third since going on the injured list on July 18.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Touki Toussaint (1-1, 1.32 ERA) makes his third start of the year as Atlanta returns home to begin a three-game series with the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco is slated to make his New York debut in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Carrasco, acquired from the Cleveland Indians in January, has been out all year with a right hamstring injury.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Difo hit in 9th caps 5-run comeback as Pirates edge Mets 6-5

Difo hit in 9th caps 5-run comeback as Pirates edge Mets 6-5

Wilmer Difo’s tiebreaking single in the ninth inning capped Pittsburgh’s biggest comeback of the season, and the Pirates rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the New York Mets 6-5By JERRY BEACH Associated PressJuly 11, 2021, 10:15 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK — Wilmer Difo’s tiebreaking single in the ninth inning capped Pittsburgh’s biggest comeback of the season, and the Pirates rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the New York Mets 6-5 Sunday.“That’s a helluva way to end the first half,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We go down 5-0 and they battled their (rear ends) off for the rest of the game. It was really cool to see.”The NL East-leading Mets — atop their division at the All-Star Break for the first time since 2007 — jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Chase De Jong in the first on a two-run homer by Francisco Lindor and a three-run shot by Michael Conforto.The Pirates began inching back via the long ball in the fifth, when Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez hit back-to-back solo home runs.Castro hit a two-run homer in the sixth — per Elias, he is the first player since Kyle Higashioka in 2018 to homer for each of his first three big league hits — and helped keep the Pirates within a run by spearing a line drive by Brandon Nimmo in the seventh and firing to first to double up Luis Guillorme.“It’s a huge dream come true and to see the dream flourish even more and get even deeper — oh my gosh, I feel amazing,” a grinning Castro said through an interpreter.Closer Edwin Diaz, the fifth pitcher used by the Mets, wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth to preserve a 5-4 lead. Diaz (3-3) gave up a one-out double to Kevin Newman in the ninth before retiring Bryan Reynolds on a groundout.But John Nogowski hit an RBI single — his 14th hit in 28 at-bats since joining the Pirates on Monday, the most by a Pittsburgh player in his first seven games with the team since at least 1901 — and Difo followed with his run-scoring hit down the third base line.David Bednar (2-1) allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth. Richard Rodriguez worked around a leadoff single by Nimmo in the ninth to earn his 12th save.“Twenty-seven outs, a lot can happen,” Nogowski said. “Real easy to kind of roll over there, last game before the break, you’ve got an unbelievable closer on the mound, great stuff. But I don’t think that crossed any of our minds. Great at-bats.”Difo and Adam Frazier had three hits for the Pirates, who are in last place in the NL Central at the All-Star Break for the first time since 2010.De Jong allowed five runs and four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings. He retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced.The Mets headed into the All-Star break after blowing their biggest lead of a season in a loss.“All losses are tough,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “We had the 5-0 lead and we didn’t get much going afterward.”Lindor, who flied out to end the game, had three hits with a walk. He is batting .333 with two homers, 10 RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage since July 1. He entered the month hitting .215 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and a .301 on-base percentage.Aaron Loup served as New York’s opener and tossed two scoreless innings in the first start of his 10-year big league career. Jerad Eickhoff followed by giving up two runs and six hits over 2 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia, Miguel Castro and Diaz combined to allow four runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings.Rojas said usual late-inning options Seth Lugo and Trevor May were unavailable after pitching in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.“We were short on pitching,” Rojas said. “Some guys had to come in and try to do the inning-plus and could not quite do it.”SUNDAY SHUFFLINGBoth teams returned their 27th players from Saturday’s doubleheader — RHP Geoff Hartlieb for the Mets and RHP Max Kranick for the Pirates — to their Triple-A affiliates. In addition, New York optioned RHP Nick Tropeano to Syracuse to make room for RHP Jerad Eickhoff and created a spot on the 40-man roster for Eickhoff by designating for assignment RHP Stephen Tarpley.LOUP THERE HE ISThe start for Loup was his first since he was in Class A with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2010. His 436 appearances without a start entering Sunday were the 19th-most among active pitchers.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: LHP Steven Brault (left lat) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings for Class A Bradenton in his first rehab appearance. Brault has yet to pitch for the Pirates this season.Mets: LHP David Peterson (right side) threw for the first time since he was injured June 30.UP NEXTAfter the All-Star Break, the Mets and Pirates oppose each other again, this time in Pittsburgh, for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

DeGrom's ERA rises above 1.00 as Mets beat Brewers 4-3

DeGrom's ERA rises above 1.00 as Mets beat Brewers 4-3

Jacob deGrom’s ERA crept above 1.00 for the first time this season, and the New York Mets rallied in the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in a doubleheader openerBy JERRY BEACH Associated PressJuly 7, 2021, 10:13 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK — Jacob deGrom’s ERA crept above 1.00 for the first time this season, and the New York Mets rallied in the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Wednesday in a doubleheader opener.Pinch-hitter José Peraza, batting for deGrom, hit a tying home run with one out in the seventh off Josh Hader, who had converted 24 saves chances since Sept. 20.Edwin Díaz (3-2) forced in a run by hitting Christian Yelich on the right thigh with a fastball on the first pitch of an at-bat in the eighth, the third time in his big league career Díaz hit a batter with the bases load.Jeff McNeil hit a two-run single with no outs in the bottom half off Brent Suter (8-4), who was trying for his first big league save.Dominic Smith, who was hit by a pitch leading off that struck his left hand and glanced his mouth, slid across the plate headfirst to score as center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-hop throw was up the third-base line.McNeil got the first walk-off hit of his big league career and the Mets got their seventh walk-off win this season and their fourth win in their last five games. Each game was shortened to seven innings under pandemic rules.DeGrom allowed a home run to Luis Urías on his fourth pitch and another to Jace Peterson that put Milwaukee ahead 2-1 in the fifth. Urías’ home run on a 98.6 mph fastball was the fourth home run leading off a game against deGrom, the first since Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery went deep on deGrom’s first pitch on July 5, 2019.DeGrom got his third straight no-decision allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks, his seventh start with double-digit strikeouts this season. His ERA has risen from 0.50 to 1.08 in his last three starts.He threw six pitches of 100 mph or higher, all in his last three innings, and with 185 this season already is within 11 of Noah Syndergaard in 2016 for the most in a year since pitch tracking started in 2008.DeGrom has 1,505 strikeouts, reaching 1,500 in his 198th start, the second-fastest behind Yu Darvish’s 197.Brewers ace Corbin Burnes gave up one run and six hits while striking out eight and walking none over 5 2/3 innings. Francisco Lindor blooped an RBI single in the first.DEGROM’S ALL-STAR STATUSMets manager Luis Rojas said Wednesday morning deGrom could make a brief start on short rest Sunday. DeGrom, picked for his fourth All-Star team, said last weekend he’d rather skip the July 13 game and focus on staying healthy for the second half.BREWERS GET ROWDYThe newest member of the Brewers, Rowdy Tellez, struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the opener, about 24 hours after he was acquired from Toronto. To make room for Tellez on the 40-man roster, the Brewers designated for assignment IF Daniel Robertson, who hit .164 with two homers and four RBIs in 73 at-bats.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: 1B Daniel Vogelbach has begun taking light swings but is still not close to a return.Mets: RHP Corey Oswalt (right knee inflammation) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday and replaced on the active roster by RHP Robert Stock. … RHP Carlos Carrasco (right hamstring) threw a 20-pitch batting practice session Tuesday. Manager Luis Rojas said Carrasco was excited by his progress and hoped to throw batting practice again this weekend. … 3B J.D. Davis (left hand) is nearing a return, but Rojas said with the All-Star break starting Monday, Davis will likely remain on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse for at least the next several days.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Adrian Houser (5-5, 3.94 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series Thursday against Cincinnati, Milwaukee’s opponent in seven straight games.Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-3, 2.44 ERA) will look to burnish his candidacy as an All-Star replacement when he takes the mound Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

DeGrom likely loses start before break as Mets rained out

DeGrom likely loses start before break as Mets rained out

Mets ace Jacob deGrom likely lost one of his last two starts planned heading into the All-Star break when a game against the Milwaukee Brewers was rained outBy JERRY BEACH Associated PressJuly 7, 2021, 2:17 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK — Mets ace Jacob deGrom likely lost one of his last two starts planned heading into the All-Star break when Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers was rained out.The game was called after a wait of nearly 2 1/2 hours and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. Each game will be scheduled for seven innings under pandemic rules.DeGrom, 7-2 with a record-low 0.95 ERA, had been scheduled to start against left-hander Brett Anderson (2-5, 4.69). New York had planned to have deGrom start the final game before the break on Sunday but is not likely to use him on short rest.DeGrom was rescheduled to start Wednesday’s opener against Milwaukee All-Star Corbin Burnes (4-4, 2.41), who will remain on his original day.Anderson will start the second again against a Mets pitched not yet announced.The tarp was put on the field Tuesday shortly after the Brewers ended batting practice. At 6:15 p.m., a message flashed on the scoreboard warning fans to take cover due to the imminent arrival of severe weather.Torrential thunderstorms arrived shortly thereafter and only intermittently let up. At least twice, the grounds crew walked on to the tarp to sweep off the water just as the rain increased.Mets owner Steven Cohen tweeted throughout the delay.After offering a handful of reassurances the game would be played, including a tweet expressing hope the weather would “improve between 8-9pm” — Cohen tweeted the news of the cancellation at 9:40 p.m.“We tried but weather didn’t cooperate,” Cohen wrote. “I can control some things but that isn’t one of them.”———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Wheeler blanks Mets over 7 innings, Phils win 4-2 for split

Wheeler blanks Mets over 7 innings, Phils win 4-2 for split

NEW YORK — Zack Wheeler threw seven scoreless innings against his former team, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Sunday to split a four-game series.Wheeler, who signed a five-year deal worth $118 million in December 2019 after spending his first seven seasons with the Mets, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight.His final strikeout was his 130th of the season, lifting him into a tie with the Indians’ Shane Bieber for the big league lead. Wheeler, who lowered his ERA to 2.20, also leads the majors with 106 1/3 innings pitched.“To me, there’s no question that he’s an All-Star pitcher this year,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “You look at the innings that he’s logged and how deep he’s gotten into games for us and he saves our bullpen. He’s been one of the best pitchers in the game.”The first-half success is a departure for Wheeler, who is 26-31 with a 3.96 ERA before the All-Star Break and 24-11 with a 2.90 ERA afterward.“It’s something that you kind of always work for,” Wheeler said. “I’ve always had iffy first halves, so to get out on a good foot and just keep it rolling, it feels pretty good.”The Mets had runners at first and third in the first against Wheeler (6-4), who set down the next 11 batters. In the fifth, he retired Jeff McNeil on a flyball to center to strand runners at second and third.Jose Alvarado gave up an RBI single to Pete Alonso in the eighth and Archie Bradley surrendered a one-out homer to Kevin Pillar in the ninth before recording his first save for the Phillies, who led until the Mets’ final at-bat in an of the first three games of the series.The Mets forced extra innings thanks to errors by Alvarado in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader, which they won 2-1 in eight innings, and by Alec Bohm in the seventh inning of the nightcap. A ninth-inning error by Rhys Hoskins sparked New York’s two-run rally in a 4-3 win Saturday.“We got two (wins), but we could have had four,” Girardi said. “But we’ve got to move on and we’ve got to finish strong going into the break.”The Phillies took advantage of some rare misplays by New York — which entered Sunday with 37 errors, the second fewest in the NL — to aid their small-ball rallies against Marcus Stroman (6-6).With one out in the second, Nick Maton walked and Ronald Torreyes singled. Wheeler bunted to advance the runners but reached safely when second baseman McNeil dropped Stroman’s throw. Odubel Herrera followed with a sacrifice fly.“That’s why I’ve always liked the NL — you’ve got to get the bunts down and move the runners,” Wheeler said. “It’s just the small things that add up sometimes. If you put the ball in play, some good things happen.”In the third, Andrew McCutchen scored on Alec Bohm’s groundout. Maton laced an RBI double and scored after Luis Guillorme threw the ball away on Torreyes’ infield single.Torreyes and McCutchen each had three singles for the Phillies. Alonso had a trio of singles for the Mets.The Mets scored two runs or fewer for the ninth time in their last 13 games and are 5-8 in that span. Francisco Lindor and James McCann are the only opening-day starters to avoid the injured list this season for New York, which could get Brandon Nimmo back this week and J.D. Davis before the All-Star break.“It’s tough to get going when you don’t have your pieces in there for just about every day,” Alonso said. “I think that the more that we keep grinding out, the more that we keep going along and progressing this season — I honestly think this team is ready to put up a bunch of runs consistently.”Stroman, who exited his last start with a sore left hip after one inning, allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits in three innings while pitching days after the death of his grandmother.MANAGERIAL MILESTONEJoe Girardi won his 1,052nd game as a manager, breaking a tie with Jack McKeon for 57th place on the all-time list. Girardi is 13 wins shy of the next manager on the list, Frank Robinson.UPON FURTHER REVIEWGirardi and Rojas each won a replay challenge. In the second inning, Maton ran halfway home when a Stroman pitch eluded James McCann and was initially called out upon diving back to the third base bag. Girardi challenged and the call was overturned. In the seventh, McCutchen was ruled out after a replay review of his attempted steal of second.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: RF Bryce Harper (left calf) didn’t play, a day after he was hit in the left calf by a pitch from Jacob deGrom that bounced in the dirt.Mets: 3B J.D. Davis (left hand) is expected to begin a rehab stint Monday with Triple-A Syracuse. … Rojas said several other injured Mets should play this week for Syracuse, including IF Jonathan Villar (right calf), C Tomas Nido (right wrist) and RHP Jeurys Familia (right hip). Familia threw a bullpen on Sunday.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Spencer Howard (0-2, 5.59 ERA) starts against the Cincinnati Reds in a makeup of a game postponed by rain on June 2.Mets: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-0, 0.00) makes his second start for New York against the Washington Nationals in a makeup of one of the games postponed in April by the Nationals’ COVID-19 outbreak.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Morton earns 100th win, Stroman hurt as Braves blank Mets

Morton earns 100th win, Stroman hurt as Braves blank Mets

NEW YORK — Charlie Morton struck out 11 in seven innings of one-hit ball for his 100th major league win, and the Atlanta Braves beat the banged-up New York Mets 3-0 on Tuesday night for their second consecutive shutout against the slumping NL East leaders.Mets starter Marcus Stroman exited in the second with a sore left hip, the latest blow to a depleted team decimated by pitching injuries lately.Dansby Swanson hit a three-run homer and Morton (7-3) became the 19th active pitcher to reach 100 wins, hitting the milestone 13 years, 8 days after getting his first one with the Braves. In between stints with Atlanta, the veteran right-hander notched 89 wins for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Houston and Tampa Bay.“Took me a really long time,” Morton said with a laugh. “Glad I got there and got there with this group. This is a special night.”The 37-year-old Morton has 54 wins since the start of the 2017 season, which he ended by getting the final 12 outs of the Houston Astros’ World Series-clinching victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I’ve had four surgeries, I’ve missed a lot of time to injury, I’ve dealt with numerous failures, had so many opportunities that were given to me that probably weren’t given to other guys in my situation,” Morton said. “The long and short of it’s been such an awesome experience, not only the successes but the failures. And to still be here and be on a great team and have a chance to go to the playoffs again — just really fortunate.”Stroman, who lasted at least six innings in each of his previous eight starts, walked one in a hitless first but left after throwing just three pitches to Austin Riley in the second.Mets manager Luis Rojas said Stroman was undergoing further testing.“On one of the pitches, he landed and he felt that he hyperextended it a little bit,” Rojas said. “He wanted to stay but I think it was wise to come out, just be cautious. You can hurt something else just by not being as deliberate with your delivery using your hips. So we’ll reassess how he is (Wednesday).”The Mets used four relievers one night before right-hander Tylor Megill is expected to make his big league debut. Megill, who is 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse, will pitch in place of Joey Lucchesi, who was injured Friday and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday.Swanson went deep in the third for the Braves, who have won two of three in the four-game series. New York has dropped six of eight overall, totaling only 13 runs and getting shut out four times during that span.Morton, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his previous start against St. Louis, held the Mets hitless until pinch-hitting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff reached on an infield single with two outs in the fifth. That was one of just two hits for the punchless Mets — James McCann had a two-out double in the ninth.“It’s hard to win games in the big leagues,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It hasn’t been easy sledding for Charlie, either. He’s been through adversity and things, different stuff. And to keep going at it like he is right now is just a testament to him and how he takes care of himself.”Morton walked two and plunked a pair of batters.A.J. Minter tossed a perfect eighth and Will Smith worked the ninth for his 15th save.Atlanta gave Morton all the support he needed in the third against reliever Yennsy Díaz (0-1). With one out, Ozzie Albies singled and went to second when Abraham Almonte walked. Both runners advanced on Riley’s groundout before Swanson homered to left.IN A PINCHWith infielder Jonathan Villar (calf) and catcher Tomas Nido (wrist) nursing injuries sustained Monday, the Mets used starting pitchers David Peterson and Eickhoff as pinch-hitters. Peterson struck out in the third.It was the second time the Mets used two pitchers as pinch-hitters in a game. Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz pinch-hit against San Diego on July 27, 2017.Eickhoff was New York’s starting pitcher in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader. The hit was his first since Aug. 25, 2017.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: LHP Max Fried (blister), who had been scheduled to start Wednesday, was placed on the injured list. Snitker said he hopes Fried will only need the minimum stay. … OF Guillermo Heredia (right wrist inflammation) was scratched a little more than an hour before the first pitch and replaced in the lineup by Ender Inciarte.Mets: RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder) had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Syracuse.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Kyle Wright (0-0, 4.15 ERA) was promoted from Triple-A to take Fried’s spot in the rotation. Wright made his lone big league appearance this year on April 16.Mets: Megill will become the 12th different starter for New York this season.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

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