Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Dillon Gee tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the New York Mets avoided a three-game sweep via a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves Wednesday at Turner Field.
Gee allowed four hits – all singles – with a walk and five strikeouts to boost his record to 11-9 and help the Mets (63-75) end a three-game losing streak.
With his dominating performance, Gee lowered his ERA to 2.40, fifth best in the Majors and better than teammate Matt Harvey, Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Texas’ Yu Darvish.
Andrew Brown smacked a two-run homer while Lucas Duda added a solo shot to back up Gee, who threw 78 of his 102 pitches for strikes. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save of the season.
In an effort to save Julio Teheran’s arm for the playoffs, the Braves opted to skip the 22-year-old right-hander’s scheduled start this week and selected the contract of journeyman Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the void in the rotation.
Making his first Major League start since Sept. 3, 2007, the 6-8 Loe (0-2) lasted just 4 ½ frames, giving up five runs on 11 hits with three walks to take the loss for the Braves (85-54), who lost just for the second time in last 10 games.
In the first inning, Daniel Murphy legged out a triple before Brown crushed Loe’s hanging slider halfway up the left-field stands for a two-run homer and a 2-0 lead.
In the third, the Mets grabbed a 3-0 lead when Duda hit Loe’s 89-mph fastball into the Braves’ bullpen for his 12th home run of the season.
After that, the Mets added two more runs on Juan Lagares’ RBI fielder’s choice and Gee’s own run-scoring single.
In the fifth, Dan Uggla led off with a single before he scored three batters later on B.J. Upton’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Freddie Freeman drilled a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning, his 19th of the season, to cap the scoring.