NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Blair won for the first time in 13 major league starts, Freddie Freeman drove in three runs off a misfiring Noah Syndergaard and the Atlanta Braves slowed the New York Mets’ wild-card chase with a 7-3 victory Monday night.
Freeman had four hits for the Braves, who have the worst record in the National League, and rookie Dansby Swanson had three hits and three RBIs.
New York had won 11 of its previous 14 games and led the NL wild-card race at the start of the night, one game ahead of San Francisco and two in front of St. Louis.
Pitching on five days’ rest rather than four, Syndergaard (13-9) allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings, and Atlanta fouled off 26 of his 99 pitches. Swanson swiped the 47th stolen base of the season off Syndergaard; Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson is second in the big leagues with 27 allowed.
Blair (1-6) gave up six hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 7.71.
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