Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Braves 2

NEW YORK -- No David Wright? No Daniel Murphy?

No problem.

Juan Lagares

Juan Lagares

#12 CF
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM96
  • HR4

  • RBI40

  • R38

  • OBP.317

  • AVG.279

Juan Lagares had a tiebreaking homer and Dillon Gee won for the first time since July 9 as the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Tuesday at Citi Field despite playing without their injured Nos. 2 and 3 hitters.

The Braves entered the day trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by a half-game for the second wild-card spot.

Lagares, who had snapped a 227 at-bat homerless drought on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, produced a two-run homer against Alex Wood in the fourth to break a 1-all tie.

Gee had been 0-5 with a 5.71 ERA in his past seven starts. His last win also had come against the Braves.

This time, Gee (5-6) limited Atlanta to two runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.

After Gee held the Braves hitless through 3 2/3 innings, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton produced consecutive doubles that evened the score at 1. Upton has 24 RBIs in August, the most of any month in his career.

Leading 3-1 in the seventh, Gee surrendered a leadoff infield single to Upton and walked Chris Johnson. Gee then coaxed a double-play grounder from Evan Gattis, but surrendered an RBI single to Tommy La Stella as the Braves pulled within a run.

Terry Collins pulled Gee after that pitch -- No. 101. Jeurys Familia entered and recorded the final out of the seventh. Familia also tossed a scoreless eighth.

Jenrry Mejia converted his 19th save despite surrendering a leadoff single to Upton.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96) at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday. Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his past 10 starts.