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Recap: Braves 3, Mets 5
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Citi Field
Date: August 20, 2013 7:10 PM EDT
  

NEW YORK (AP) - Zack Wheeler once again zeroed in on the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets rookie beat the NL East leaders for the third time, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning and sending New York past Atlanta 5-3 Tuesday night.

``I feel pretty comfortable against them,' he said. ``Not to bash them, but it was a pretty easy game plan.'

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Wheeler improved to 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA against the team with the best record in the majors. He is the only pitcher with three wins over the Braves this year - there are just four teams that have beaten Atlanta more often this season.

Wheeler (6-2), raised in the Atlanta suburbs, defeated the Braves at Turner Field with six shutout innings in his big league debut in June, then topped them at Citi Field in July.

Now, another victory. All that success against the team he grew up watching is nice for him, he said, but ``not so much for our friends back home.'

Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis homered and speedy Eric Young Jr. sparked the Mets, stealing two bases, scoring twice and making a diving catch in left field.

Mets rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud doubled for his first hit in the majors, ending an 0-for-10 rut.

``It was definitely weighing on me a little bit,' he said.

Coming off a 12-strikeout performance at San Diego, the 23-year-old Wheeler came out zinging fastballs in the upper 90s mph. The righty was one strike away from throwing seven scoreless innings - instead, he left with the bases loaded and two outs, and reliever Carlos Torres gave up Andrelton Simmons' three-run double.

Wheeler allowed six hits, struck out five and walked three. He drew a nice ovation when manager Terry Collins pulled him, and walked to the dugout with his head down.

``I wasn't sure he was going to give me the ball,' Collins said. ``It was going to be a wrestling match.'

Byrd's two-run homer capped a three-run burst in the sixth off Brandon Beachy (2-1), who was making his fifth start since having Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. The Braves had won his previous outings.

``I thought he did fine, I really did,' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ``Just that one inning, gave up three runs.'

Wheeler briskly trotted toward the mound to begin the seventh with a 4-0 lead. He quickly retired the first two batters before Paul Janish doubled and pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich walked. Wheeler got ahead of Jason Heyward at 1-2, but wound up walking him to load the bases.

Collins signaled for Torres, and soon the game nearly was tied. Simmons cleared the bases with his double into the left-field corner and kept going to third when shortstop Omar Quintanilla sailed his relay home.

Torres backed up the play and caught the errant toss in the air, yet almost cost himself with a wild toss toward third that second baseman David Murphy alertly tracked down.

Reliever Scott Rice retired Freddie Freeman on a fly ball to protect the 4-3 lead. LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Byrd hit his career-best 21st homer and second in two days. Davis added an insurance run in the eighth with a drive into the top rows of the upper deck in right.

``I'm just glad I can come out and help the team. Hit big homers, not just like selfish homers, ninth inning, down by 10. Getting home runs that help the team win,' Byrd said.

Young reached on Simmons' throwing error from shortstop to lead off the first, stole second and scored on Davis' two-out single. Young beat out a clever push bunt toward Simmons to start the sixth and stole his career-high 28th base.

NOTES: Heyward made a sparkling catch in right-center, diving onto the warning track to rob Juan Lagares of extra bases. ... Mets rookie C Travis d'Arnaud. ... Atlanta LF Justin Upton was a late scratch. He said he felt stiffness around his neck. Evan Gattis took Upton's place. ... Braves LHP Paul Maholm (bruised left wrist) is set to come off the DL and start Thursday night at St. Louis. ... Braves LHP Alex Wood (2-2, 2.61) starts Wednesday vs. Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.25). ... Torres is still scheduled to start Friday night at home against Detroit. ... Mets All-Star 3B David Wright (strained right hamstring) says he's still optimistic about playing again this season. He said it would be important ``to get back out there and try to finish up strong.' There's no set timetable for his rehab. ... The Mets are 8-7 against Atlanta this year. ... Mets closer Bobby Parnell (herniated disk in neck) will undergo therapy and strengthening, and go back to doctor next week. He hasn't pitched since July and said surgery remains an option. An operation would require four to five months of recovery time, which would get him back for spring training.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Braves at Mets
Tue, Aug 20 Final 3 to 5
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GAME 2
Braves at Mets
Wed, Aug 21 Final 4 to 1
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -145   +110   7 
 NYM  +135   -130   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  -155   +105   7 
 NYM  +140   -125   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ATL  72%   37%   58% 
 NYM  28%   63%   42% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 4 Over: 11 
 NYM 7 Cover: +110 
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 Jul 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 8 Cover: +100 
 NYM 2 Over: 10 
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 Jul 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 1 Under: 5 
 NYM 4 Cover: +125 
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 Jul 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
 NYM 1 Under: 3 
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 Jun 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Cover: +165 
 ATL 3 Under: 7 
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 Jun 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 3 Over: 8 
 ATL 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 6 Cover: +165 
 ATL 1 Push: 7 
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 Jun 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 4 Cover: +100 
 ATL 3 Push: 7 
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 Jun 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYM 1 Under: 3 
 ATL 2 Cover: +100 
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 May 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 ATL 2 Under: 6 
 NYM 4 Cover: +130 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Tuesday, Aug 20
 
    Blue Jays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Brewers
8:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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