Series Recap: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Al Bello

Atlanta won two of three in New York and extended their winning streak to eight games in winning two of three from the Mets.

Atlanta's eight-game winning streak may be over, but the Braves still took two out of three against the Mets at Citi Field. They were able to do so despite weather conditions that were less than ideal, especially the rain, which caused Friday's game to be suspended after eight innings. Evan Gattis had given Atlanta the lead with yet another pinch-hit RBI, but Anthony Varvaro had to deal with Mother Nature and the Mets rallied to tie the game.

Fortunately, Dan Uggla rescued Varvaro and the Braves in the 10th inning with the game-winning single. The RBI was one of four in the series for Uggla, who also hit a pair of home runs. He now has 10, and is the third Braves hitter with at least that many (Gattis, Justin). Uggla is now hitting .205 in May, and while that's still horrible, it's better than the .169 avg. he posted in April; he's hitting .190 overall.

Mike Minor continues to prove he's been the best starter for the Braves this year. Not only did he strike out 10 hitters in a 6-0 win, he hit his first major-league home run. Eight of his 10 starts have been quality starts and his 7.1 scoreless innings improved his May ERA to 1.85.

Julio Teheran had a shaky outing, but he fought through it and held the Mets to one run in 6.2 innings. He'd have more than likely gotten the win, but Cory Gearrin gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth inning to cough up the lead. Gearrin and Luis Avilan may be good, but they are not Venters and O'Flaherty. Once the more experienced relievers come back, hopefully the bullpen will be more reliable.

Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons both had four hits in the series, the most of any of the Braves hitters. Atlanta won the series despite little contribution from Jason Heyward; he had just one hit in the three games and struck out five times, three of those in the finale.

In the nine games since the start of the streak, Atlanta added four games to its division lead.

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