Nimmo, McNeil back Wheeler in Mets' win over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Brandon Nimmo didn't mind getting dropped from first to eighth in the Mets' batting order.

Nimmo couldn't say for sure if he felt less pressure Friday night against Atlanta, but he managed to capitalize on pitches in the strike zone instead of missing or fouling them off.

''That's what I've been I've been doing mostly,'' he said. ''I was glad to do that and find the barrel a couple of times.''

Nimmo hit a two-run homer, Jeff McNeil added a two-run double and New York kept hitting even without Pete Alonso, beating the Braves 6-2.

The Mets have scored at least six runs in six straight games and got there against Atlanta with the rookie Alonso, the team's hottest hitter, getting most of the night off. The first-place Mets, who have won three straight, scored four times in the fourth inning on McNeil's hit and RBI doubles from Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto.

Zack Wheeler (1-1) worked six solid innings after giving up a career-high seven runs in his last start. He allowed six hits, two runs and three walks, striking out eight.

''I was actually watching a video of (Atlanta) last year and watching myself,'' Wheeler said. ''I noticed I was a lot slower out of the windup. I got a stopwatch and timed it. I was way faster, so I slowed myself down and was more consistent today.''

New York went ahead 2-1 in the second on Nimmo's second homer.

Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the first on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly. Ronald Acuna Jr.'s RBI double in the fifth made it 6-2.

Braves rookie starter Kyle Wright (0-2) gave up eight hits, six runs and four walks and struck out three in 3 2/3 innings.

''The biggest thing is everything plays off the fastball,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''He's just got to command it at both sides. It's just part of a young pitcher. He'll get it. The stuff is too good not to be really successful. He'll have games like that. He'll learn from it and going forward he'll be better for it.''

New York improved to 8-3 against division opponents (9-4 overall). Atlanta dropped to 2-6 against the NL East.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: 3B Todd Frazier was scheduled to play nine innings Friday with Class A St. Lucie and spend more rehab time at shortstop. Frazier played third and first the day before. He is on the injured list with a left oblique strain. ... 2B Jed Lowrie, on the injured list with a left knee strain, has been hitting on the field, taking grounders and doing some light running, but he's still not ready for a rehab assignment.

Braves: C Brian McCann was in uniform the second straight day for batting practice. Sidelined by a right hamstring strain, McCann is eligible to come off the injured list next week.

BIG PRODUCTION

By scoring at least six runs in six straight games, New York tied for the longest such streak in franchise history. Its last six-game run scoring six or more was from Sept. 18-23, 2007.

NOT SO HOT

Wright, the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2017, has made seven major league appearances, and the Braves have yet to win a game in which he has pitched.

SHUFFLING LINEUP

Mets manager Mickey Callaway stuck to his plan of giving Alonso, ranked second in the majors in slugging percentage and tied for third with six homers and 17 RBIs, a break during a stretch of nine games in nine days. Alonso popped up as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

Callaway dropped Nimmo to eighth as he began the night batting .150 with 23 strikeouts, most in the majors, in 38 at-bats. Nimmo went 3 for 4, pushing his average to .205, and scored two runs. He also had a bunt single that helped spark the fourth.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 9.00 ERA) will make his second start after pitching one scoreless inning of relief earlier this week. He is 2-2 with a 4.01 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (0-0, 1.64) is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA in six career starts against New York.

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ATL7-6
100010000270
  • W: Z. Wheeler (1-1)L: K. Wright (0-2)
  • HR: NYM - B. Nimmo (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil 3B51220002.359.444.487.9326.0
A. Rosario SS50000023.255.321.392.714-1.0
R. Cano 2B51110011.182.237.327.5653.5
M. Conforto RF40110101.340.450.6201.0706.0
W. Ramos C20000320.350.435.375.8102.0
D. Smith 1B41200102.438.526.5001.0265.0
K. Broxton CF-LF41000136.222.333.222.5562.5
B. Nimmo LF42321000.205.340.409.74911.0
J. Lagares CF00000000.182.308.318.6260.0
Z. Wheeler P30100012.167.167.167.3330.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Alonso PH10000001.370.442.8911.3340.0
S. Lugo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-popped out for Wilson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF50000010.159.260.295.555-0.5
J. Donaldson 3B41200000.213.327.298.6254.0
F. Freeman 1B21000201.362.492.5321.0233.0
R. Acuna LF30210111.289.418.6891.1074.5
N. Markakis RF30110012.319.365.383.7481.5
D. Swanson SS40000024.293.392.6591.051-1.0
O. Albies 2B40000012.302.362.415.777-0.5
T. Flowers C40200020.455.538.5911.1291.0
K. Wright P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Venters P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000002.222.300.667.9670.0
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A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Camargo PH10000000.105.227.316.5430.0
  • a-grounded out for Venters in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Tomlin in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Minter in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (3), R. Cano (2), M. Conforto (5), D. Smith, B. Nimmo (3)
  • HR - B. Nimmo (2)
  • RBI - J. McNeil 2 (8), R. Cano (6), M. Conforto (9), B. Nimmo 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano (3), M. Conforto (4), B. Nimmo 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario (2), D. Smith (4), K. Broxton 4 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (4), R. Acuna
  • SF - N. Markakis
  • RBI - R. Acuna (10), N. Markakis (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna (5), N. Markakis (7), D. Swanson (3), M. Joyce
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Conforto, K. Broxton (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 1-1)6.06223807.471.7221.0
J. Wilson1.00000001.350.603.0
S. Lugo2.01000206.231.626.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 1-1)6.0
J. Wilson1.0
S. Lugo2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Wright (L, 0-2)3.28664317.071.79-12.5
J. Venters0.100011015.433.86-0.5
J. Tomlin2.00000102.450.556.5
W. Parsons1.00000102.700.753.5
J. Biddle1.01000102.351.172.5
A. Minter1.01001206.002.332.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 111-69, J. Wilson 8-6, S. Lugo 34-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-5, J. Wilson 2-1, S. Lugo 4-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 27, J. Wilson 3, S. Lugo 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Wright 76-45, J. Venters 10-4, J. Tomlin 24-14, W. Parsons 11-7, J. Biddle 14-10, A. Minter 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Wright 7-2, J. Tomlin 3-0, W. Parsons 2-0, J. Biddle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Wright 23, J. Venters 2, J. Tomlin 6, W. Parsons 3, J. Biddle 4, A. Minter 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. McNeil 3B51220002.359.444.487.9326.0
A. Rosario SS50000023.255.321.392.714-1.0
R. Cano 2B51110011.182.237.327.5653.5
M. Conforto RF40110101.340.450.6201.0706.0
W. Ramos C20000320.350.435.375.8102.0
D. Smith 1B41200102.438.526.5001.0265.0
K. Broxton CF-LF41000136.222.333.222.5562.5
B. Nimmo LF42321000.205.340.409.74911.0
J. Lagares CF00000000.182.308.318.6260.0
Z. Wheeler P30100012.167.167.167.3330.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-popped out for Wilson in the 8th
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E. Inciarte CF50000010.159.260.295.555-0.5
J. Donaldson 3B41200000.213.327.298.6254.0
F. Freeman 1B21000201.362.492.5321.0233.0
R. Acuna LF30210111.289.418.6891.1074.5
N. Markakis RF30110012.319.365.383.7481.5
D. Swanson SS40000024.293.392.6591.051-1.0
O. Albies 2B40000012.302.362.415.777-0.5
T. Flowers C40200020.455.538.5911.1291.0
K. Wright P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Venters P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Joyce PH10000002.222.300.667.9670.0
J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Culberson PH10000011.333.3331.0001.333-0.5
W. Parsons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Biddle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Camargo PH10000000.105.227.316.5430.0
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  • a-grounded out for Venters in the 4th
  • b-struck out for Tomlin in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Minter in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (3), R. Cano (2), M. Conforto (5), D. Smith, B. Nimmo (3)
  • HR - B. Nimmo (2)
  • RBI - J. McNeil 2 (8), R. Cano (6), M. Conforto (9), B. Nimmo 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano (3), M. Conforto (4), B. Nimmo 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario (2), D. Smith (4), K. Broxton 4 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Donaldson (4), R. Acuna
  • SF - N. Markakis
  • RBI - R. Acuna (10), N. Markakis (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna (5), N. Markakis (7), D. Swanson (3), M. Joyce
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Conforto, K. Broxton (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 1-1)6.06223807.471.7221.0
J. Wilson1.00000001.350.603.0
S. Lugo2.01000206.231.626.0
Total9.07223100---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 1-1)6.0
J. Wilson1.0
S. Lugo2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Wright (L, 0-2)3.28664317.071.79-12.5
J. Venters0.100011015.433.86-0.5
J. Tomlin2.00000102.450.556.5
W. Parsons1.00000102.700.753.5
J. Biddle1.01000102.351.172.5
A. Minter1.01001206.002.332.0
Total9.01066691---
PITCHERSIP
K. Wright (L, 0-2)3.2
J. Venters0.1
J. Tomlin2.0
W. Parsons1.0
J. Biddle1.0
A. Minter1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 111-69, J. Wilson 8-6, S. Lugo 34-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 6-5, J. Wilson 2-1, S. Lugo 4-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 27, J. Wilson 3, S. Lugo 7
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Wright 76-45, J. Venters 10-4, J. Tomlin 24-14, W. Parsons 11-7, J. Biddle 14-10, A. Minter 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Wright 7-2, J. Tomlin 3-0, W. Parsons 2-0, J. Biddle 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Wright 23, J. Venters 2, J. Tomlin 6, W. Parsons 3, J. Biddle 4, A. Minter 5
  • 5TH INNING
    Acuna doubled to deep right, Freeman scored62
  • 4TH INNING
    Conforto doubled to right, Cano scored61
    Cano doubled to shallow right, McNeil scored51
    McNeil doubled to deep right, Broxton and Nimmo scored, McNeil to third41
  • 2ND INNING
    Nimmo homered to center, Smith scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Markakis hit sacrifice fly to left, Donaldson scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter relieved Jesse Biddle
    • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cano struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto lined out to center
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramos walked
    • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Smith doubled to center, Ramos to third
    • K. Broxton: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • Johan Camargo hit for A.J. Minter
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Camargo grounded out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Wes Parsons
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo doubled to shallow right
    • Pete Alonso hit for Justin Wilson
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Alonso popped out to shortstop
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, McNeil grounded out to second, Nimmo to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna singled to shallow right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Swanson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Acuna out at second
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Albies grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wes Parsons pitching
    • W. Ramos: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball
    • Broxton grounded out to first
    • In play
    • J. Wilson Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Inciarte fouled out to left
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Tomlin Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Cano: Cano lined out to center
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson flied out to deep right
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Flowers singled to center
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Josh Tomlin
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Josh Tomlin pitching
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wheeler struck out looking
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, McNeil lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson lined out to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman walked
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Acuna doubled to deep right, Freeman scored
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Wright Pitching:
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Broxton walked
    • B. Nimmo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Broxton stole second, Nimmo reached on bunt single to pitcher, Broxton to third
    • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Wheeler popped out to shortstop
    • J. McNeil: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, McNeil doubled to deep right, Broxton and Nimmo scored, McNeil to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cano doubled to shallow right, McNeil scored
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Conforto doubled to right, Cano scored
    • W. Ramos: Ramos intentionally walked
    • Jonny Venters relieved Kyle Wright
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked, Conforto to third, Ramos to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis singled to right center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to right
    • T. Flowers: Flowers singled to shallow right, Markakis to third
    • Matt Joyce hit for Jonny Venters
    • M. Joyce: Joyce grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Wright Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario lined out to left
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Foul, Cano lined out to first
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Conforto stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Donaldson doubled to deep left
    • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to deep center, Donaldson to third
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Wright Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith singled to right
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Broxton struck out on foul tip
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo homered to center, Smith scored
    • Z. Wheeler: Ball, Wheeler singled to shallow right
    • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil grounded into fielder's choice to second, Wheeler out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • K. Wright: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wright struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Wright Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, McNeil singled to shallow right
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario flied out to center
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Cano reached on fielder's choice to second, McNeil out at second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Inciarte struck out looking
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Donaldson singled to right center
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked, Donaldson to second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna walked, Donaldson to third, Freeman to second
    • N. Markakis: Markakis hit sacrifice fly to left, Donaldson scored
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)