Albies slam, Freeman HR lift Braves over Mets 8-2

ATLANTA (AP) Ozzie Albies watched the ball sail into the right-field seats and savored the moment.

''It feels great,'' he said. ''I just see the ball going and I just enjoyed it.''

Albies hit a grand slam and Freddie Freeman homered during a six-run sixth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the reeling New York Mets 8-2 on Tuesday night.

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out six, but left the game after batting in the fifth with triceps tightness. He told reporters that ''it's nothing to worry about'' and that he'll make his next scheduled start.

Ender Inciarte added a pair of RBI singles to help Atlanta shake a rough West Coast trip, when it lost four of six. The Braves moved ahead of Washington for first in the NL East by beating a Mets team that has lost nine of 10 and 16 of 20

The Braves led 1-0 in the fourth on Inciarte's RBI single. New York went up 2-1 in the sixth on Jay Bruce's two-run ground-rule double, but that was it for the Mets, who have scored 10 runs in their last 78 innings.

Freeman's 13th homer in the bottom half of the inning tied it, and Inciarte's single put the Braves ahead for good. A walk to pinch-hitter Preston Tucker loaded the bases and chased starter Zack Wheeler (2-5), and Albies cleared the bases with his 16th homer, coming off Paul Sewald, for a 7-2 lead.

Albies is the first player 21 or younger to hit multiple grand slams in a season since Adrian Beltre hit two for the Dodgers in 2000. He's the second Braves second baseman with two grand slams in a season, joining Davey Johnson in 1973.

Albies, the NL leader in extra-base hits and runs, had been scuffling with a .125 average since June 1.

''The last two games he's had some really good at-bats,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''You know what he's capable of. He's a dynamic young man.''

Shane Carle (4-1) faced just one batter to get the win. Devin Mesoraco grounded sharply to third baseman Johan Camargo, who lunged to his right to tag Asdrubal Cabrera and made a low throw from his knees that Freeman dug out at first for a double play.

Wheeler allowed eight hits, six runs, four walks and struck out two in 5 2/3 innings.

Foltynewicz, who pitched his first career complete game in his last home start, hit the first batter Tuesday before retiring 13 straight. Mesoraco and Dominic Smith each singled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Foltynewicz escaped trouble with a pair of popups.

Braves pitching coach Chuck Hernandez noticed Foltynewicz was uncomfortable, shaking his right arm after making a pitch. After Foltynewicz acknowledged the triceps were tight, Snitker decided to take him out.

TAKE A SEAT

Mickey Callaway was ejected for the first time as Mets manager after arguing with home plate umpire Stu Scheurwater in the top of the sixth. Brandon Nimmo was hit by Jesse Biddle's pitch on his elbow, but Scheurwater ruled he did not attempt to get out of the way and declined to award Nimmo first base. Callaway was thrown out while standing near the right-hand side of the batter's box. ''Obviously they thought Nim put his elbow out in front of the plate to get hit on purpose, but the ball was in the batter's box, kind of at our player,'' Callaway said.

ADDING ON

Nick Markakis went 3 for 4 and added an RBI double in the seventh to make it 8-2. ... Freeman improved to 8 for 16 with 10 walks against Wheeler. ... New York's bullpen has a 6.68 ERA in its last 17 games. ... Smith, in his first major league game this season, went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Cabrera was back in the lineup, going 0 for 4 after leaving Sunday's win over the Yankees in the third inning with left hamstring tightness. Callaway said he will likely give Cabrera an off day with a 12:10 p.m. start on Wednesday.

Braves: LF Ronald Acuna Jr. is hitting off a tee, swinging in the batting cage and running, but has yet to resume what manager vigorous baseball activities. It will be Thursday, at the earliest, before the 20-year-old begins a rehab assignment. Acuna, sidelined 14 games with a left ACL sprain and bruises to his left knee and lower back, said through a translator that he feels no pain when he runs, swings and throws.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-1, 1.57 ERA) leads the majors since April 21 with a 0.81 ERA - a span of nine starts and 55 1/3 innings - but New York has lost his past four outings. He is 5-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 14 career starts against Atlanta.

Braves: Snitker said RHP Mike Soroka will be on a 90-pitch limit while returning from a shoulder strain that's sidelined him since May 12. Soroka made his first career start May 1, allowing six hits and one run in six innings to beat the Mets in New York.

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  • W: S. Carle (4-1)L: Z. Wheeler (2-5)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (13), O. Albies (16)
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J. Bruce RF40120010.220.298.332.6303.5
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A. Rosario SS30000002.240.271.348.6190.0
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    D. Swanson SS40100010.265.321.444.7651.5
    F. Freeman 1B22111211.341.434.5791.0148.5
    N. Markakis RF40310001.333.393.500.8935.0
    T. Flowers C41100002.275.402.425.8272.0
    J. Camargo 3B31100104.212.346.409.7553.0
    E. Inciarte CF41220002.244.302.336.6389.0
    C. Culberson LF31000113.265.314.408.7221.5
    M. Foltynewicz P20000010.083.083.125.208-0.5
    J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
    S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    b- R. Flaherty PH10000000.264.350.364.7140.0
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    • a-walked for Carle in the 6th
    • b-flied out for Freeman in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bruce (12)
    • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (17)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Swanson (15), N. Markakis (20)
    • HR - O. Albies (16), F. Freeman (13)
    • RBI - O. Albies 4 (40), F. Freeman (46), N. Markakis (44), E. Inciarte 2 (24)
    • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 4 (23), E. Inciarte 2 (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Inciarte 2 (20)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Bruce (3)
    • DP - (Wheeler-Mesoraco-Frazier)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Camargo-Freeman)
    • E - D. Swanson (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Wheeler (L, 2-5)5.28664214.981.44-7.0
    P. Sewald1.12221114.911.17-1.5
    J. Rhame1.00000105.841.463.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Wheeler (L, 2-5)5.2
    P. Sewald1.1
    J. Rhame1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Foltynewicz5.02000602.161.1416.0
    J. Biddle (BS, 1)0.11212003.221.34-4.0
    S. Carle (W, 4-1)0.20000002.141.107.0
    A. Minter1.00000203.461.504.0
    S. Freeman1.00000103.381.203.5
    L. Jackson1.00000105.061.133.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Foltynewicz5.0
    J. Biddle (BS, 1)0.1
    S. Carle (W, 4-1)0.2
    A. Minter1.0
    S. Freeman1.0
    L. Jackson1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 100-57, P. Sewald 28-19, J. Rhame 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 5-8
    • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 27, P. Sewald 7, J. Rhame 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Foltynewicz (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 73-46, J. Biddle 19-6, S. Carle 6-3, A. Minter 12-9, S. Freeman 13-9, L. Jackson 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-6, J. Biddle 2-0, S. Carle 1-0, A. Minter 1-0, S. Freeman 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 18, J. Biddle 5, S. Carle, A. Minter 3, S. Freeman 3, L. Jackson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Conforto CF30000020.212.333.353.6870.0
    T. Frazier 3B31000121.234.341.423.7651.0
    B. Nimmo LF31000111.265.410.544.9541.5
    A. Cabrera 2B40000013.278.318.490.807-0.5
    J. Bruce RF40120010.220.298.332.6303.5
    D. Mesoraco C40100002.214.296.411.7071.0
    D. Smith 1B30100020.250.250.250.5000.0
    A. Rosario SS30000002.240.271.348.6190.0
    Z. Wheeler P20000002.261.261.261.5220.0
    P. Sewald P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    J. Rhame P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      O. Albies 2B51141000.255.300.503.8039.0
      D. Swanson SS40100010.265.321.444.7651.5
      F. Freeman 1B22111211.341.434.5791.0148.5
      N. Markakis RF40310001.333.393.500.8935.0
      T. Flowers C41100002.275.402.425.8272.0
      J. Camargo 3B31100104.212.346.409.7553.0
      E. Inciarte CF41220002.244.302.336.6389.0
      C. Culberson LF31000113.265.314.408.7221.5
      M. Foltynewicz P20000010.083.083.125.208-0.5
      J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
      S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- P. Tucker PH01000100.259.308.426.7342.0
      A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- R. Flaherty PH10000000.264.350.364.7140.0
      L. Jackson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-walked for Carle in the 6th
      • b-flied out for Freeman in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bruce (12)
      • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Swanson (15), N. Markakis (20)
      • HR - O. Albies (16), F. Freeman (13)
      • RBI - O. Albies 4 (40), F. Freeman (46), N. Markakis (44), E. Inciarte 2 (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 4 (23), E. Inciarte 2 (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Inciarte 2 (20)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bruce (3)
      • DP - (Wheeler-Mesoraco-Frazier)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Camargo-Freeman)
      • E - D. Swanson (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Wheeler (L, 2-5)5.28664214.981.44-7.0
      P. Sewald1.12221114.911.17-1.5
      J. Rhame1.00000105.841.463.5
      Total8.01088542---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Wheeler (L, 2-5)5.2
      P. Sewald1.1
      J. Rhame1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Foltynewicz5.02000602.161.1416.0
      J. Biddle (BS, 1)0.11212003.221.34-4.0
      S. Carle (W, 4-1)0.20000002.141.107.0
      A. Minter1.00000203.461.504.0
      S. Freeman1.00000103.381.203.5
      L. Jackson1.00000105.061.133.5
      Total9.03212100---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Foltynewicz5.0
      J. Biddle (BS, 1)0.1
      S. Carle (W, 4-1)0.2
      A. Minter1.0
      S. Freeman1.0
      L. Jackson1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 100-57, P. Sewald 28-19, J. Rhame 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 5-8
      • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 27, P. Sewald 7, J. Rhame 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Foltynewicz (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 73-46, J. Biddle 19-6, S. Carle 6-3, A. Minter 12-9, S. Freeman 13-9, L. Jackson 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-6, J. Biddle 2-0, S. Carle 1-0, A. Minter 1-0, S. Freeman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 18, J. Biddle 5, S. Carle, A. Minter 3, S. Freeman 3, L. Jackson 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Markakis doubled to deep right center, Freeman scored28
      • 6TH INNING
        Albies homered to right, Inciarte, Culberson and Tucker scored27
        Inciarte singled to left center, Camargo scored23
        Freeman homered to right22
        Bruce doubled to left center, Frazier and Nimmo scored, Cabrera to third21
      • 4TH INNING
        Inciarte singled to left center, Flowers scored, Camargo to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Luke Jackson pitching
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Mesoraco flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sam Freeman relieved A.J. Minter
        • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
        • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to second
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jacob Rhame relieved Paul Sewald
        • C. Culberson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Culberson struck out looking
        • Ryan Flaherty hit for Sam Freeman
        • R. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Flaherty flied out to left
        • O. Albies: Ball, Albies flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A.J. Minter pitching
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to third
        • P. Sewald: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sewald struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Sewald Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Markakis doubled to deep right center, Freeman scored
        • T. Flowers: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Flowers flied out to deep left
        • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo flied out to deep center, Markakis to third
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jesse Biddle relieved Mike Foltynewicz
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to first
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked, Frazier to second
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera safe at first on shortstop Swanson fielding error, Frazier to third, Nimmo to second
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Bruce doubled to left center, Frazier and Nimmo scored, Cabrera to third
        • Shane Carle relieved Jesse Biddle
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mesoraco grounded into double play third to first, Cabrera out at third
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Freeman homered to right
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to right center
        • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Flowers reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Markakis out at second
        • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Camargo singled to right center, Flowers out at third, Camargo to second
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte singled to left center, Camargo scored
        • C. Culberson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Inciarte stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Culberson walked
        • Preston Tucker hit for Shane Carle
        • P. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Inciarte stole third, Ball, Ball, Tucker walked, Culberson to second
        • Paul Sewald relieved Zack Wheeler
        • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies homered to right, Inciarte, Culberson and Tucker scored
        • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Bruce flied out to center
        • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco singled to center
        • D. Smith: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith singled to right center, Mesoraco to second
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario popped out to second
        • Z. Wheeler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wheeler fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foltynewicz grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Albies fouled out to third
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis singled to center, Freeman to second
        • T. Flowers: Flowers singled to center, Freeman to third, Markakis to second
        • J. Camargo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Camargo reached on a double play pitcher to catcher to third, Freeman out at home, Markakis out at third, Flowers to second
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte singled to left center, Flowers scored, Camargo to second
        • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Culberson lined out to third
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario flied out to right
        • Z. Wheeler: Wheeler grounded out to second
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Conforto struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
        • O. Albies: Ball, Albies lined out to left
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Bruce grounded out to first
        • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Mesoraco flied out to left
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Flowers flied out to center
        • J. Camargo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Camargo walked
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to pitcher, Camargo to second
        • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto hit by pitch
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • B. Nimmo: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nimmo lined out to center
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies lined out to center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Swanson doubled to deep right center
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)