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Mets escape sweep in Atlanta behind Gee

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ATLANTA -- The innings are adding up for Dillon Gee.

So are the wins.

After struggling the first two months of the season, Gee has been a quiet workhorse for the Mets' rotation, and he continued his roll Wednesday by allowing only one run in seven innings to lead New York past the Atlanta Braves, 5-2.

Gee (11-9) has lasted at last six innings in 13 straight starts and has set career highs with 28 games started and 173 1/3 innings. He has a chance to reach 200 innings.

"I think he's bound and determined to do that,'' said Mets manager Terry Collins before adding "Like I said last week, don't be surprised if you look up at the end of September and he has 14 or 15 wins."

Gee was 1-4 with a 5.96 ERA in April and 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA in May. Since then, he's 8-3 and has had his ERA under 3.00 every month.

"My main goals coming out of spring training this year were to get to 200 innings and take the ball every time it was my turn,'' Gee said. "I've done that so far."

Gee cruised after he was given a 5-0 lead in the third against the Braves. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk.

Lucas Duda had three hits, including a home run, and Andrew Brown added a towering two-run shot for the Mets.

Freddie Freeman homered off Mets reliever Vic Black with two outs in the eighth, but Gee's strong start left the Braves too far behind.

Collins said a key to Gee's strong recovery from his rough opening two months has been avoiding walks.

"He's a guy that can pitch," said Atlanta's Elliot Johnson. "He's got four pitches that he's throwing in the strike zone whenever he feels like it. If you've got four pitches that you can command, it's going to be a tough day at the plate."

The Mets had 12 hits, including 11 in only 4 1/3 innings against Kameron Loe (0-2), who made his first start in the majors since 2007. He filled in for Julio Teheran, who was given a rest -- a possible sign of things to come this month as the Braves move closer to the postseason.

"We were hoping he'd give us five or six innings and he was just an out or two short of that," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

At least two Mets hitters reached base in each of Loe's innings.

"It's a disappointment," Loe said. "I battled out there and gave it everything I had but I fell short today. I'll definitely improve on that.

"I've been pitching much better than I did today lately. I know I'm better than that."

Freddy Garcia and Anthony Varvaro combined to allow only one hit in 4 2/3 scoreless innings behind Loe.

LaTroy Hawkins gave up a double to Elliot Johnson to lead off the ninth. Dan Uggla and pinch-hitter Andrelton Simmons popped up and Hawkins earned his seventh save when pinch-hitter Chris Johnson struck out.

Loe, 33-43 in nine seasons with Texas, Milwaukee, Seattle, the Cubs and Braves, had pitched only in relief since making his last start with Texas in 2007. He was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday and struggled in every inning against the Mets.

With one out in the first, Daniel Murphy tripled and Brown hit a homer that landed about halfway up the lower level of seats in left field.

Duda's homer was the start of the Mets' three-run third inning.

The low point for Atlanta in the inning came when center fielder B.J. Upton and left fielder Evan Gattis watched Gee's fly ball fall to the ground in the gap. The ball dropped closer to Upton, who stopped running and then looked at Gattis. Juan Lagares scored on the play.

Braves fans cheered when Gonzalez came to the mound to remove Loe in the fifth after the right-hander walked Gee.

Gonzalez rested Simmons, third baseman Chris Johnson and catcher Brian McCann.

The Braves had only one hit, a single by Paul Janish in the second, before scoring once in the fifth, on Upton's sacrifice fly.

Notes

LF Eric Young Jr., who was 0 for 5, was the only Mets starter without a hit. ... Braves CF Jordan Schafer, who has a bruised left quadriceps, was removed from the original lineup. ... The Braves completed a 7-2 homestand. ... Mets manager Terry Collins said he doesn't expect 1B Ike Davis to return this season from his strained right oblique. Davis had an anti-inflammatory injection on Tuesday in New York. ... Collins said 3B David Wright has made progress but has no projected date for his return from a strained right hamstring. ... Both teams are off on Thursday. The Mets open a series in Cleveland on Friday night when RHP Zack Wheeler faces LHP Scott Kazmir. The Braves play at Philadelphia Friday night as LHP Mike Minor faces LHP Cliff Lee.

 
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New York

L. Duda
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

F. Freeman
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5000015 .253
Daniel Murphy, 2B4120100 .284
Andrew Brown, RF4112116 .263
Lucas Duda, 1B5131011 .247
Justin Turner, 3B5120001 .260
Travis d'Arnaud, C5010003 .163
Juan Lagares, CF-RF5111000 .268
Omar Quintanilla, SS3010100 .226
Dillon Gee, P2011100 .135
Totals38512543  
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (15, Loe)
3B - Daniel Murphy (4, Loe)
HR - Andrew Brown (6, Loe), Lucas Duda (12, Loe)
SH - Dillon Gee (7)
RBI - Andrew Brown 2 (21), Lucas Duda (27), Juan Lagares (29), Dillon Gee (4)
2-OUT RBI - Dillon Gee (3)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Eric Young Jr. (3, Dropped line drive)
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (W,11-9) 7411150 3.53
Vic Black 1211001 4.76
LaTroy Hawkins (S,7) 1100010 3.41
WP - Vic Black (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 102-78, Vic Black 13-7, LaTroy Hawkins 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 5-12
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 27, Vic Black 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
B.J. Upton, CF2001110 .199
Justin Upton, RF4000002 .262
Freddie Freeman, 1B4111000 .306
Evan Gattis, LF4010022 .247
Gerald Laird, C4000023 .270
Elliot Johnson, 3B4020000 .195
Dan Uggla, 2B4110002 .184
Paul Janish, SS3020001 .189
   a-Andrelton Simmons, PH1000001 .249
Kameron Loe, P1000001 .000
   b-Joe Terdoslavich, PH1000001 .254
   c-Chris Johnson, PH1000011 .330
Totals3327216  
a-popped out for Janish in the 9th
b-flied out for Garcia in the 7th
c-struck out for Varvaro in the 9th
Batting
2B - Evan Gattis (15, Black), Elliot Johnson (5, Hawkins)
HR - Freddie Freeman (19, Black)
SF - B.J. Upton (6)
SH - Freddy Garcia (1)
RBI - B.J. Upton (26), Freddie Freeman (94)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (41)
SB - B.J. Upton (12, 2nd base off Gee/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kameron Loe (L,1-3) 4.11155302 8.59
Freddy Garcia 2.2100020 5.07
Anthony Varvaro 2000110 2.94
Pitches-Strikes - Kameron Loe 102-64, Freddy Garcia 41-27, Anthony Varvaro 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kameron Loe 10-3, Freddy Garcia 5-1, Anthony Varvaro 3-2
Batters Faced - Kameron Loe 27, Freddy Garcia 9, Anthony Varvaro 7
Game Information
Attendance - 22946
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster