NEW YORK (AP) — Mets nemesis Julio Teheran pitched seven more sparkling innings and the last-place Atlanta Braves blunted New York’s bid to extend its NL wild-card lead, holding on for a 5-4 win Tuesday night.
The Mets began the day with a one-game edge over San Francisco and St. Louis for the top wild-card spot. New York nicked the Braves’ bullpen for three runs in the eighth but couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Braves have the worst record in the NL, yet have won four straight. They beat the Mets for the second day in a row and are 6-2 at Citi Field this year.
Teheran (6-10) gave up five hits and left with a 5-1 lead. Dating to the final time he saw the Mets last season, he’s 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five starts against them.
Robert Gsellman (2-2) lost in his fifth major league start. The rookie took a 1-0 lead into the sixth before a misplayed flyball cost him.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances.
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