Soroka outpitches deGrom, Freeman's bat powers Braves 2-0

ATLANTA (AP) No-hitter or not, Mike Soroka knew the Braves would be cautious and not let him overexert his right shoulder.

''The first time I even thought about what was going on was going out for the sixth,'' he said. ''It was happening so quickly. You get into a rhythm that way, and that wasn't bad as well.''

Soroka did not allow a hit until the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman homered and drove in both runs, and the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling New York Mets 2-0 on Wednesday.

Soroka, the youngest pitcher in the major leagues and one of baseball's top prospects, returned from a shoulder strain that sidelined him since May 17 to outpitch NL ERA leader Jacob deGrom in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 12 minutes.

Making his fourth career start, Soroka (2-1) gave up one hit, one walk and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings . He had a simple game plan.

''Pitch my game and let them adjust to my game as opposed to the other way around,'' Soroka said. ''I think we did a really good job of that.''

Freeman, the NL batting leader, has hit safely in 23 of his past 24 games. He drove in the first run with a single in the fourth off deGrom (4-2). He homered off Jeremy Blevins in the eighth .

Freeman has five homers in his past seven games and 14 overall.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said that Soroka would be on a pitch count, so it was no surprise when he replaced him with A.J. Minter after Michael Conforto singled to begin the seventh after 74 pitches.

The Mets have lost 10 of their past 11 and 17 of their past 21. They went 3-6 at SunTrust Park this season against the NL East-leading Braves.

DeGrom (4-2) allowed seven hits and one run and struck out seven in seven innings and threw 86 pitches. He began the game leading with majors with a 0.81 ERA since April 21, but trailed 1-0 in the fourth when Dansby Swanson doubled with one out and scored on Freeman's single.

The punchless Mets have scored 10 runs in their past 87 innings. They've lost deGrom's past five outings even though he's allowed only five runs over that span.

''He threw seven really stressful innings, especially the last couple of innings,'' New York manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He had to grind thorough there and did a great job of keeping us in the game and giving us a chance to win like he does every time.''

Conforto moved to second on a wild pitch by Soroka in the seventh, but didn't advance when Minter struck out Brandon Nimmo and Jay Bruce popped up. Soroka's other base runner was Bruce, who walked to begin the second and was erased on a double play.

Arodys Vizcaino earned his 12th save in 14 chances in a shaky ninth. Nimmo doubled with two outs, advancing Conforto to third, before Bruce popped up to end it.

DeGrom said he wasn't blaming teammates for the lack of run support, but third baseman Todd Frazier summed up the state of the Mets' offense.

''After the game, I said, `Dude, I'm sorry. I don't know what's going on. I don't know why we're not producing for you,' " Frazier said. ''We talk about trying too hard. Maybe we're trying too hard when he's pitching, but a guy throws like that, he works fast. He was just dominant.''

STILL SCORCHING

Facing a shift in the fourth, Freeman hit an opposite-field single, improving his average since the start of 2013 with runners in scoring position to .361, best in the majors over that span.

He's hitting .413 against the Mets in 12 games this year and has a .318 average, 22 homers and 94 RBIs in 134 games against the Mets, but his thoughts were mostly on his mother. Wednesday marked the death of Rosemary Freeman, who passed away from skin cancer when Freddie was 8 years old.

''I don't know if I've ever done well on this day,'' he said. ''It's hard to keep my emotions in check. We lost her way too young. I hit that really high, I know I hit it good, but I think she pulled that one over for me today.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard has been prescribed more rest after getting a second opinion on a strained ligament in his index finger. Callaway said Syndergaard's right finger is ''tender to the touch.'' Syndergaard, on the disabled list retroactive to May 26, was examined Tuesday in New York. There is no immediate timetable for his return.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran, out since June 5 with a right thumb contusion, is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but the Braves have yet to announce their rotation for the weekend.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (2-4, 3.53 ERA) threw a season-high 105 pitches in his previous start, a no-decision against the Yankees. He'll face Matt Koch (4-3, 4.20) as the Mets open a series against the Diamondbacks.

Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.37 ERA) will try for his first victory in six starts against San Diego against the Padres' Tyson Ross (5-3, 3.43).

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  • W: M. Soroka (2-1)L: J. deGrom (4-2)S: A. Vizcaino (12)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (14)
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  • b-flied out for Blevins in the 9th
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  • a-struck out for Minter in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Swanson (16), E. Inciarte (9), J. Camargo (7)
  • HR - F. Freeman (14)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (13)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Inciarte (7)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Conforto (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (L, 4-2)7.07110701.551.0114.5
J. Blevins1.01110115.281.701.5
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J. deGrom (L, 4-2)7.0
J. Blevins1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 2-1)6.11001402.571.2928.0
A. Minter (H, 9)0.20000103.381.460.5
D. Winkler (H, 11)1.00001100.990.772.5
A. Vizcaino (S, 12)1.01001102.031.138.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 2-1)6.1
A. Minter (H, 9)0.2
D. Winkler (H, 11)1.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 12)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 86-66, J. Blevins 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 8-5
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 27, J. Blevins 4
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Soroka
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 74-44, A. Minter 10-6, D. Winkler 17-10, A. Vizcaino 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 7-7
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 20, A. Minter 2, D. Winkler 4, A. Vizcaino 5
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J. Bruce RF30000103.216.297.327.6241.0
K. Plawecki C30000001.200.365.280.6450.0
D. Smith 1B20000110.167.286.167.4520.5
A. Rosario SS30000001.237.267.343.6100.0
L. Guillorme 2B20000000.185.214.222.4370.0
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J. deGrom P20000000.074.138.074.2120.0
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  • a-struck out for Guillorme in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Blevins in the 9th
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O. Albies 2B40100000.255.299.500.7991.0
D. Swanson SS41100012.265.319.445.7642.5
F. Freeman 1B41221010.344.435.5901.0257.5
N. Markakis RF40000001.328.388.493.8800.0
K. Suzuki C30100020.274.335.471.8070.0
C. Culberson LF30000012.257.306.396.702-0.5
P. Bourjos LF00000000.200.243.314.5580.0
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  • a-struck out for Minter in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Swanson (16), E. Inciarte (9), J. Camargo (7)
  • HR - F. Freeman (14)
  • RBI - F. Freeman 2 (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (13)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Inciarte (7)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Conforto (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (L, 4-2)7.07110701.551.0114.5
J. Blevins1.01110115.281.701.5
Total8.0822081---
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (L, 4-2)7.0
J. Blevins1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka (W, 2-1)6.11001402.571.2928.0
A. Minter (H, 9)0.20000103.381.460.5
D. Winkler (H, 11)1.00001100.990.772.5
A. Vizcaino (S, 12)1.01001102.031.138.5
Total9.0200370---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka (W, 2-1)6.1
A. Minter (H, 9)0.2
D. Winkler (H, 11)1.0
A. Vizcaino (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 86-66, J. Blevins 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 8-5
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 27, J. Blevins 4
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Soroka
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 74-44, A. Minter 10-6, D. Winkler 17-10, A. Vizcaino 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 7-7
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 20, A. Minter 2, D. Winkler 4, A. Vizcaino 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Freeman homered to right center02
  • 4TH INNING
    Freeman singled to left, Swanson scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino relieved Dan Winkler
    • Asdrubal Cabrera hit for Jerry Blevins
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera flied out to right
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo doubled to deep right, Conforto to third
    • J. Bruce: Bruce popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Dan Winkler pitching
    • Peter Bourjos in left field
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Plawecki popped out to shortstop
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep right
    • Jose Bautista hit for Luis Guillorme
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Jacob deGrom
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies flied out to deep left
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman homered to right center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Markakis lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Conforto to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A.J. Minter relieved Mike Soroka
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Nimmo struck out on foul tip
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Culberson grounded out to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte doubled to right
    • J. Camargo: Inciarte caught stealing, pitcher to third, Foul, Ball, Ball, Camargo doubled to deep right
    • Preston Tucker hit for A.J. Minter
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Rosario lined out to second
    • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Foul, Guillorme grounded out to third
    • J. deGrom: Foul, deGrom grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to deep right
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Camargo singled to deep right
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soroka struck out bunting foul
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Albies singled to deep right, Camargo to third
    • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto lined out to second
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies popped out to first
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Swanson doubled to deep right center
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Freeman singled to left, Swanson scored
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Ball, Markakis lined out to left
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki singled to center, Freeman to third on center fielder Conforto fielding error
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario grounded out to third
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Ball, Guillorme grounded out to second
    • J. deGrom: Ball, deGrom flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte flied out to deep center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Soroka grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bruce walked
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Plawecki grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bruce out at second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Markakis grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Culberson flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to first
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep center
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nimmo lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson flied out to shallow right
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)