NEW YORK -- Zack Wheeler likes pitching against his hometown team.
The Georgia native bested Atlanta for the third time this season as the Mets cruised to a 5-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wheeler is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA versus Atlanta in three games.
The Mets have now won two straight and are 8-7 against the division leader.
Hot Wheels: Zack Wheeler cruised against Atlanta before running into trouble with two outs in the seventh. A double and consecutive walks led to his departure, and those three runners all scored on an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons. Wheeler pitched better than his final line, as he was in complete control for most of the game. He was one out away from his third straight start of at least six innings while allowing one run or fewer. Wheeler lasted 6 2/3 innings and yielded three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five.
Byrd blast: Marlon Byrd set his new career high by blasting his 21st homer in the sixth to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Byrd's two-run shot pushed him above his previous career high he set in 2009 with Texas. Byrd leads the Mets with his 21 homers and 70 RBIs. Byrd finished 1-for-4.
First hit: Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud collected his first career hit with a double in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-4 and is 1-for-11 to start his career. The Mets tweeted that d'Arnaud's father, Lance, was in attendance.
Not good prep: Friday's starter, Carlos Torres, faced just one batter Tuesday and gave up a bases-clearing double to Simmons that made it 4-3 in the seventh. Scott Rice retired Freddie Freeman with the tying run on third.
Ike with a pair: Ike Davis drove in the Mets' first run in the first and added a solo homer in the eighth. It's his first game with multiple RBIs since July 26.