Rookie Matt Wisler struck out eight over seven-plus innings of work, earning the win in a 6-2 victory for the struggling Braves.
Logan Verrett went four strong innings for the Mets, but the wheels came off in the fifth, as a Hector Olivera home run capped a four-run inning. Verrett struck out three over five innings, surrendering five hits. Sean Gilmartin and Hansel Robles pitched very effective innings in relief, followed by a rough outing by Tyler Clippard, giving up two earned runs in one inning.
The Mets offense to that point was courtesy of a David Wright solo home run in the first inning. Pinch hitting for Lucas Duda in the eighth inning, Michael Cuddyer drove in Curtis Granderson with a sacrifice fly, accounting for the last of the Mets’ offense.
Williams Perez (6-6, 5.16) will take the mound for the Braves to face off against the forever-young Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.15) tomorrow night in Citi Field. The Braves have had relative success against Colon, evidenced by Freddie Freeman (.450) and Andrelton Simmons’ (.550) high batting averages against him within the past five years. The Nationals lost as well tonight, moving the Mets magic number to clinch the division down to six. With the red-hot Colon taking the hill, I think there’s a very strong possibility we can witness a decrease in that number come tomorrow.