04/19 21:47 CDT Tucker drives in 5, Wisler dominant as Braves beat Mets
Tucker drives in 5, Wisler dominant as Braves beat Mets
By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) --- Preston Tucker drove in a career-high five runs, Matt Wisler
allowed two hits in seven innings after being called up from the minors, and
the Atlanta Braves beat Matt Harvey and the New York Mets 12-4 on Thursday
Wisler (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game for what appeared
to be a fill-in start, may have earned a longer stay in Atlanta. The
right-hander allowed one run on two hits with no walks.
Kurt Suzuki had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run homer
off Harvey in the first inning.
Todd Frazier opened the fifth with a homer over the 400-foot marker in center
field for the Mets' only run off Wisler. Adrian Gonzalez led off the eighth
with a homer off Lucas Sims.
The Mets, who scored nine runs in the eighth inning on Wednesday night to beat
Washington 11-5, scored three in the eighth off Sims. His bases-loaded walk to
pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo forced in a run.
Harvey (0-2) allowed six runs in six innings. He retired 11 of the last 12
batters he faced and ended a streak of 12 consecutive starts, including his
last nine starts of 2017, in which he failed to last longer than five innings.
Tucker doubled in two runs in the third and added a three-run double off Jerry
Blevins in the seventh.
The Mets opened a 10-game trip with their first loss away from home this
season. New York's 6-0 start in road games was the best in franchise history.
Freddie Freeman, who suffered no structural damage to his left wrist when he
was hit by a pitch from Phillies left-hander Hoby Milner on Wednesday night,
had two hits.
Wisler retired the first 11 batters before Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the
fourth. Freeman made a diving catch of Jay Bruce's liner to end the inning.
Wisler was summoned from the minors because Atlanta's scheduled starter, Anibal
Sanchez, was placed on the 10-day disabled list after straining his right
hamstring while running in the outfield before Wednesday night's game against
Johan Camargo, a defensive replacement at third base, made a diving catch in
front of the Mets' dugout of Jose Reyes' short popup.
Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (broken right hand) is expected to make a minor league
rehab start this weekend and could be recalled as soon as the following
weekend. That has sparked speculation about how the Mets will make room for
Vargas in the rotation. "It just so happens a starter is coming back and
somebody is going to the pen," manager Mickey Callaway said.
Braves: Manager Brian Snitker said Sanchez already is showing improvement.
Initial concerns were that Sanchez might miss several weeks, but now the Braves
hope the right-hander's time on the DL may be shorter.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 2.95) will try for his first career win
against the Braves when the series continues on Friday night. Syndergaard is
0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta.
Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (1-1, 4.02) was 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA against the Mets
as a rookie in 2017.
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