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DeGrom strikes out 11 as Mets take down Braves

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NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom took the mound with a disappointing record, but with the full backing of his manager.

The rookie right-hander rewarded Terry Collins' confidence with the strongest outing of his young career.

DeGrom struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and also delivered a table-setting hit from the No. 8 spot in the batting order as the New York Mets tagged All-Star Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Tuesday night.

"Showed you that he can certainly compete in this league," Collins praised.

The shaggy-haired deGrom (2-5) pitched the Mets to their third win in a row, and the franchise's 4,000th victory since starting out as an expansion team in 1962. Atlanta has lost three straight.

The lanky 26-year-old scattered seven hits, walked none and matched a career best for strikeouts.

"Feel I had my best start," deGrom said. "Controlling every pitch I needed to."

DeGrom said he got most of his strikeouts on "elevated fastballs and sinkers," though he felt his most effective pitch was his curveball.

"Knows what he's got to do to get a K when he needs it, and just goes out and does it," Collins said.

The Mets set a team record at Citi Field with 18 hits.

Curtis Granderson kept up his resurgence with a leadoff home run and Lucas Duda doubled twice, singled and drew two walks. Daniel Murphy also doubled twice and third baseman David Wright added two hits and made a nifty catch.

DeGrom's single led to a three-run burst in the second inning, and he exited as a 6-for-22 (.273) hitter in the majors, part of the reason Collins felt comfortable in tweaking his lineup.

"Don't really care where I bat. More focused on the pitching," deGrom said.

Said Collins: "Way too much made of the pitcher hitting eighth. I'll need to call La Russa and tell him he created a huge monster."

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa holds the record for most times batting his pitcher eighth in a season -- few other skippers have followed his lead since.

Teheran (8-6) gave up a career-high 11 hits after shutting down the Mets in his previous outing, part of a Braves' sweep last week. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings, matching the shortest of his 53 starts in the majors.

"One of those nights that everybody has and today was mine," he said. "I feel like everything I threw, they got a good swing."

Teheran was picked Sunday for his first NL All-Star team, but the 23-year-old righty was very hittable from the get-go. Collins noted before the game that the ball was flying during batting practice -- Granderson proved him correct, lining Teheran's second pitch off the facade of the second deck in right field.

"It's just one of those starts," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The young man, he's bound to have a bad one every now and then. If you go out there 35 times, you're going to have a bad one, and today was one of his bad ones."

Granderson, rebounding nicely from a slow start, hit his fourth home run in seven games. On Monday night, his tying homer in the eighth inning sent the Mets to an 11-inning win over Atlanta.

The shot also gave the Mets a home run in eight straight games at Citi Field, matching a team record for the stadium that opened in 2009.

The Mets led 5-0 in the third. Atlanta put runners at the corners with two outs in the sixth, but Wright made a diving, backhanded catch on Jason Heyward's liner to end the inning.

Three Mets relievers closed out the win. They did it while winds whipped debris all over the field as a storm blew into the ballpark. Freddie Freeman hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

Notes

Granderson hit his third leadoff homer of the year and 27th of his career. Mets RHP Dillon Gee (strained right lat) comes off the disabled list to start Wednesday night against RHP Ervin Santana. ... Teheran is set to start Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, meaning he won't pitch in the All-Star game Tuesday at Minnesota. ... Andrelton Simmons went hitless for Atlanta. He had six straight multihit games coming in. ... This was the sixth time -- all in the last month -- that Collins has batted his pitcher eighth. DeGrom was the first pitcher to get a hit in that slot. Collins hit Eric Young Jr. in the ninth spot, saying it created a double leadoff position.

 
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Mets rookie Jacob deGrom gives his team seven shutout innings, 11 strikeouts and a key hit in the second inning.  (USATSI)
Mets rookie Jacob deGrom gives his team seven shutout innings, 11 strikeouts and a key hit in the second inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Heyward
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

D. Murphy
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
B.J. Upton, CF5130010 .216
Andrelton Simmons, SS4100115 .263
Freddie Freeman, 1B5022022 .301
Justin Upton, LF5020023 .277
Jason Heyward, RF4031002 .247
Chris Johnson, 3B4010023 .276
Tommy La Stella, 2B4010022 .291
Christian Bethancourt, C4110021 .281
Julio Teheran, P1000000 .119
   David Hale, P1000010 .071
   a-Dan Uggla, PH1000011 .162
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Doumit, PH1000002 .209
Totals393133114  
a-struck out for Hale in the 7th
b-flied out for Carpenter in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Freddie Freeman 2 (49), Jason Heyward (33)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman 2 (18), Jason Heyward (13)
SB - B.J. Upton (15, 3rd base off deGrom/d'Arnaud), Jason Heyward 2 (11, 3rd base off deGrom/d'Arnaud, 2nd base off deGrom/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Freeman-Simmons
PB - Christian Bethancourt (2)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (L,8-6) 3.11155221 2.57
David Hale 2.2211000 3.04
David Carpenter 2522010 4.55
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 77-48, David Hale 29-19, David Carpenter 37-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 2-5, David Hale 7-1, David Carpenter 1-3
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 22, David Hale 10, David Carpenter 10
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Curtis Granderson, RF5221012 .237
Daniel Murphy, 2B5222010 .295
David Wright, 3B5021001 .274
Lucas Duda, 1B3131200 .260
Juan Lagares, CF5021014 .288
Travis d'Arnaud, C5220005 .211
Ruben Tejada, SS4020000 .246
Jacob deGrom, P3110001 .273
   a-Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH1011000 .333
   Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
   Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
   Jeurys Familia, P00000001.000
Eric Young Jr., LF4011002 .234
Totals40818823  
a-doubled for deGrom in the 7th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy 2 (22, Teheran), Lucas Duda 2 (20, Hale), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (6, Carpenter)
HR - Curtis Granderson (14, Teheran)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (42), Daniel Murphy 2 (37), David Wright (43), Lucas Duda (45), Juan Lagares (20), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9), Eric Young Jr. (12)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy 2 (17), David Wright (9), Lucas Duda (15), Juan Lagares (10), Eric Young Jr. (5)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Wright-Murphy-Duda
E - Travis d'Arnaud (4, Throwing)
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob deGrom (W,2-5) 77000110 3.38
Buddy Carlyle 0.2111120 1.80
Dana Eveland 0.2422000 2.63
Jeurys Familia 0.2100010 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob deGrom 108-73, Buddy Carlyle 20-12, Dana Eveland 25-15, Jeurys Familia 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob deGrom 5-4, Dana Eveland 1-1, Jeurys Familia 1-0
Batters Faced - Jacob deGrom 27, Buddy Carlyle 4, Dana Eveland 6, Jeurys Familia 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20671
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Sean Barber, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Todd Tichenor