Mike Minor and Julio Teheran both earned victories in Atlanta's doubleheader sweep of the Mets. This was the third doubleheader of the season for the Braves and they've swept all three, punishing the Mets twice.
In the first game, the Braves gave Minor an early 3-0 lead. Chipper Jones hit a one-out double off the debuting Chris Schwinden in the first. Following a walk and a groundout, Freddie Freeman drove a double of his own off the left field wall to score a pair. Martin Prado reached on an infield hit, chasing home the third run of the inning.
Minor appeared to have a comfortable lead. He retired the first two batters in the bottom of the first, but two hits and a walk loaded the bases for Jason Bay and he smacked his fourth career grand slam homer, giving the Mets a one-run lead.
Leading off the third, however, Chipper Jones launched his 16th home run of the season into the second deck in right to tie the game. After a couple of strikeouts, three straight singles scored the go-ahead run, the third of which came off the bat of Jason Heyward and dropped in between Justin Turner and Angel Pagan.
Minor was forced to throw a lot of pitches and was pulled after only five innings. He didn't give up another run after the grand slam and struck out two. Schwinden was pulled after five innings as well; he gave up eight hits and struck out four.
The Braves held a one-run lead into the eighth. A single and two walks loaded the bases against Ryota Igarashi, but he was pulled so Tim Byrdak could face lefty Michael Bourn with two outs. Unfortunately for the Mets, Byrdak plunked Bourn to force in a much-needed insurance run.
Jonny Venters struggled again in the eighth. He issued a leadoff walk to David Wright and Wright ultimately scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Evans. Venters has now allowed a run in four of his last six outings.
Craig Kimbrel struck out two to earn the save, his 43rd of the season.
In game two, Julio Teheran faced off against Dillon Gee. The Braves offense gave Teheran a 1-0 lead in the first on Dan Uggla's RBI single, but Jason Bay tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.
Teheran threw a lot of pitches early, including 26 in the first inning, but he soon settled down. Mets hitters hit eight fly ball outs in Teheran's 5.1 innings and struck out three times. Three of the five hits he allowed came in the first inning.
The Braves broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth when David Ross's RBI single scored Martin Prado. Jack Wilson's leadoff double in the seventh chased Gee from the game; he allowed four hits and struck out six, walking two. Wilson scored on a sacrifice fly from Chipper Jones to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.
A home run by David Ross in the ninth extended the lead to 4-1, then after a Michael Bourn triple, Chipper Jones doubled him in. The double was Chipper's 2,600th hit of his career. Anthony Varvaro finished off the Mets with a scoreless bottom of the ninth, clinching Teheran's first major-league win in his third start.
The Braves pushed their lead in the Wild Card back to 7.5 games with a crucial series in St. Louis this weekend.