Jacob deGrom Has Second Straight Rough Start as Mets Lose to Braves
ATLANTA — Julio Teheran outpitched Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis homered, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets, 7-3, on Sunday night.
It was a second straight losing performance for deGrom, who has allowed five home runs in his last two starts. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner gave up 10 homers last season but was taken deep 28 times two years ago.
Markakis went deep in the second and Donaldson added another solo shot in the fifth as the Braves won for the fifth time in seven games. Markakis and Donaldson also homered during Saturday’s 11-7 victory against the Mets.
DeGrom labored throughout, throwing 71 of 114 pitches for strikes in five innings. He struck out nine, but allowed three runs and issued four walks. He had allowed three runs in just one of his previous 17 career starts against Atlanta. But he struggled with first-pitch strikes and fell behind hitters most of the night.
Teheran improved to 10-7 with a 2.35 E.R.A. in 26 career games against the Mets. He gave up one run and six hits in six innings.
The Braves grabbed a 2-1 lead on Ronald Acuña Jr.’s R.B.I. single in the third inning. DeGrom’s highlight of the night was a strikeout of Ender Inciarte to escape a bases-loaded jam to end the inning.
Charlie Culberson’s two-run drive made it 5-1 in the sixth. It was Culberson’s fifth career pinch-hit home run.
J. D. Davis’ third home run gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second. The Mets made it 6-3 in the eighth on run-scoring singles by Amed Rosario and Keon Broxton.
Brandon Nimmo struck out with a runner in scoring position to end the top of the inning. Nimmo has struck out 25 times in 51 at-bats.
Donaldson added an R.B.I. single in the eighth.
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