Teheran no-hitter into 7th, Braves blank Mets 11-0 for sweep

NEW YORK (AP) After a three-game wipeout of the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves were flying - and not just because they were heading home.

The first-place Braves - that's right, the NL East-leading Braves - just might be starting to convince a jaded fan base to believe again.

Julio Teheran took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning , 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his second big league home run and a 11-0 rout Thursday completed a 7-3 trip that vaulted the young Braves atop their division.

Players and manager Brian Snitker were looking ahead to a weekend series against San Francisco at SunTrust Park, where just two of the first 12 home games sold out this season.

''I think they're going to be pumped. I think they'll be rockin' tomorrow night,'' Snitker said. ''After the road trip we had, the style, the way these guys are playing - I mean, they're leaving it out there every night.''

Kurt Suzuki , Acuna and Nick Markakis homered as the Braves built a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning against Jason Vargas (0-2), and 21-year-old Ozzie Albies went deep off an equally shaky Matt Harvey in a five-run seventh.

Atlanta has won five in a row and opened a 1 1/2-game division lead, the latest in a season the Braves have been in first place since July 20, 2014.

''If the fan base wasn't already excited, I don't know what will,'' said Freddie Freeman, the only Atlanta player left from the group that walked off the field in first place against the Phillies that afternoon.

Atlanta is coming off three straight 90-loss seasons and four straight years with sub-.500 records. The rebuild has gone faster than expected, sparked by the two youngest position players in the major leagues. Albies' 10th homer tied for the NL lead. Acuna, playing just his eighth big league game, hit a drive into the second deck in left field that would have gone 451 feet unimpeded, according to MLB Statcast. Atlanta is 7-1 since the arrival of Acuna, who is hitting .382.

''It's that energy that these guys bring,'' Suzuki said. ''Seeing them come up here and do their thing, it's pretty fun to be around.''

Atlanta outscored the Mets 21-2 in the series and outhit them 41-15, pitching consecutive shutouts for the first time since the final three games of 2015 against St. Louis.

Teheran (2-1) was virtually untouchable until Asdrubal Cabrera doubled into the right-field corner with two outs in the seventh on a 1-2 curveball. Michael Conforto walked and Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases with an infield hit before Amed Rosario popped up.

Pitching on five days' rest after cutting a start short at Philadelphia because of a tight trapezius muscle in the right side of his back, Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked two. He retired his first 11 batters, walked Yoenis Cespedes on a 3-1 count in the fourth, then got nine more outs in a row before Cabrera's hit.

Teheran's velocity topped out at 92.3 mph, 4.8 mph higher than against the Phillies.

''I know that it was something bothering me. That's why I was throwing that slow,'' Teheran said.

He also had two hits and a sacrifice fly, and every Braves starter except Teheran scored a run. Jesse Biddle and Max Fried finished a three-hitter.

On a summer-like afternoon with a game-time temperature of 90 at Citi Field, the Braves improved to 9-1 in day games.

New York was shut out for consecutive games for the first time since the Chicago Cubs blanked the Mets on June 30 and July 1, 2015. Before Cabrera's double, 40 of New York's previous 42 batters had made out.

New York has lost 11 of 17 after an 11-1 start.

''I'm sure there's guys scrambling,'' first-year manager Mickey Callaway said. ''They're still playing the game the right way.''

Vargas lowered his ERA from 22.09 to 16.20 despite giving up six runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings during his first home start for Mets since May 17, 2007, at Shea Stadium. Sidelined since late spring training by a broken hamate bone in his right hand, the left-hander allowed nine runs over 3 2/3 innings at San Diego last weekend in his big league season debut.

Markakis hit a go-ahead double and scored on Suzuki's two-run homer as Atlanta increased its major league-leading total of first-inning runs to 32. Acuna homered leading off the fifth, and Markakis hit a two-run shot.

''I'm throwing quality pitches early in the count and then just not making the quality pitch to put the hitter away,'' Vargas said.

Harvey made his fourth relief appearance after losing his starting spot and gave up Albies' three-run homer in a five-run seventh. Callaway thought Harvey looked stiff.

''There's some positives out of today other than obviously the numbers,'' Harvey said. ''Still trying to figure out the workout schedules and the throwing programs and all that stuff to be ready.''

MOVES

Braves: Claimed INF/OF Phil Gosselin off waivers from Cincinnati.

Mets: Agreed to a minor league contract with INF Cody Asche.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: Snitker said SS Dansby Swanson likely will miss his second straight game Friday because of a sore left wrist.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom is on track to take his next turn in the rotation Monday at Cincinnati after a scan and examination determined no major injury occurred when he hyperextended his pitching elbow while batting Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-1), who has not gotten an out in the seventh inning in six starts this season, will be on the mound Friday, when the Giants start RHP Chris Stratton (2-2)

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-1) starts Friday's series opener against Colorado and RHP German Marquez. Wheeler struck out nine in Sunday's win over Philadelphia, his most since Aug. 15, 2014.

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  • W: J. Teheran (2-1)L: J. Vargas (0-2)
  • HR: ATL - K. Suzuki (5), N. Markakis (5), O. Albies (10), R. Acuna (2)
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R. Acuna LF51311011.382.432.7061.1386.5
F. Freeman 1B42000113.322.436.548.9842.5
N. Markakis RF43331100.336.429.529.95814.0
K. Suzuki C51221002.304.374.544.9188.0
J. Camargo SS41000121.261.346.6961.0421.0
C. Culberson 3B51210011.156.250.188.4383.5
J. Teheran P20210000.200.182.200.3823.0
J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10100000.282.313.487.8002.0
M. Fried P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Inciarte CF31000204.276.326.346.6733.0
  • a-doubled for Biddle in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes 3B40000000.139.184.222.4060.0
J. Bruce RF30000020.235.306.378.683-1.0
B. Nimmo RF00000100.294.478.5291.0081.0
Y. Cespedes LF20000110.248.306.469.7750.5
J. Lagares CF10100000.333.383.357.7401.0
A. Cabrera 2B30100011.327.382.555.9371.5
W. Flores 2B10000012.193.270.351.621-0.5
M. Conforto CF-LF30000122.200.367.286.6520.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40100012.233.318.384.7010.5
A. Rosario SS30000003.222.263.300.5630.0
T. Nido C30000020.167.219.200.419-1.0
J. Vargas P10000000.000.500.000.5000.0
M. Harvey P10000000.286.286.286.5710.0
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Blevins in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (8), P. Tucker (7)
  • HR - O. Albies (10), R. Acuna (2), N. Markakis (5), K. Suzuki (5)
  • SF - J. Teheran
  • SH - J. Teheran (3)
  • RBI - O. Albies 3 (23), R. Acuna (5), N. Markakis 3 (23), K. Suzuki 2 (14), C. Culberson, J. Teheran
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 3 (10), N. Markakis (13), K. Suzuki 2 (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Acuna
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 2-1)7.02002603.651.2430.0
J. Biddle1.00000100.001.143.5
M. Fried1.01001306.751.752.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 2-1)7.0
J. Biddle1.0
M. Fried1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (L, 0-2)4.2116623316.203.00-10.5
M. Harvey2.03553117.001.56-4.5
J. Blevins1.10000106.431.713.5
J. Familia1.01000001.691.062.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (L, 0-2)4.2
M. Harvey2.0
J. Blevins1.1
J. Familia1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 96-65, J. Biddle 11-7, M. Fried 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 6-9, J. Biddle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 25, J. Biddle 3, M. Fried 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 80-53, M. Harvey 39-18, J. Blevins 17-11, J. Familia 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 5-5, M. Harvey 2-3, J. Familia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 26, M. Harvey 12, J. Blevins 4, J. Familia 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B61231004.280.324.614.9389.0
R. Acuna LF51311011.382.432.7061.1386.5
F. Freeman 1B42000113.322.436.548.9842.5
N. Markakis RF43331100.336.429.529.95814.0
K. Suzuki C51221002.304.374.544.9188.0
J. Camargo SS41000121.261.346.6961.0421.0
C. Culberson 3B51210011.156.250.188.4383.5
J. Teheran P20210000.200.182.200.3823.0
J. Biddle P0000-0001.0001.0002.000.000-
a- P. Tucker PH10100000.282.313.487.8002.0
M. Fried P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Inciarte CF31000204.276.326.346.6733.0
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  • a-doubled for Biddle in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Reyes 3B40000000.139.184.222.4060.0
J. Bruce RF30000020.235.306.378.683-1.0
B. Nimmo RF00000100.294.478.5291.0081.0
Y. Cespedes LF20000110.248.306.469.7750.5
J. Lagares CF10100000.333.383.357.7401.0
A. Cabrera 2B30100011.327.382.555.9371.5
W. Flores 2B10000012.193.270.351.621-0.5
M. Conforto CF-LF30000122.200.367.286.6520.0
A. Gonzalez 1B40100012.233.318.384.7010.5
A. Rosario SS30000003.222.263.300.5630.0
T. Nido C30000020.167.219.200.419-1.0
J. Vargas P10000000.000.500.000.5000.0
M. Harvey P10000000.286.286.286.5710.0
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Lobaton PH10000000.125.263.219.4820.0
J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Blevins in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (8), P. Tucker (7)
  • HR - O. Albies (10), R. Acuna (2), N. Markakis (5), K. Suzuki (5)
  • SF - J. Teheran
  • SH - J. Teheran (3)
  • RBI - O. Albies 3 (23), R. Acuna (5), N. Markakis 3 (23), K. Suzuki 2 (14), C. Culberson, J. Teheran
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Albies 3 (10), N. Markakis (13), K. Suzuki 2 (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Cabrera (10)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Acuna
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (W, 2-1)7.02002603.651.2430.0
J. Biddle1.00000100.001.143.5
M. Fried1.01001306.751.752.5
Total9.03003100---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (W, 2-1)7.0
J. Biddle1.0
M. Fried1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (L, 0-2)4.2116623316.203.00-10.5
M. Harvey2.03553117.001.56-4.5
J. Blevins1.10000106.431.713.5
J. Familia1.01000001.691.062.0
Total9.0151111554---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (L, 0-2)4.2
M. Harvey2.0
J. Blevins1.1
J. Familia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 96-65, J. Biddle 11-7, M. Fried 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 6-9, J. Biddle 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 25, J. Biddle 3, M. Fried 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 80-53, M. Harvey 39-18, J. Blevins 17-11, J. Familia 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 5-5, M. Harvey 2-3, J. Familia 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 26, M. Harvey 12, J. Blevins 4, J. Familia 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Albies homered to right center, Culberson and Inciarte scored110
    Teheran hit sacrifice fly to center, Camargo scored80
    Culberson singled to left center, Markakis scored, Camargo to third70
  • 5TH INNING
    Markakis homered to right center, Freeman scored60
    Acuna homered to right40
  • 1ST INNING
    Suzuki homered to left, Markakis scored30
    Markakis doubled to deep right, Freeman scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jeurys Familia pitching
    • C. Culberson: Culberson flied out to deep center
    • Preston Tucker hit for Jesse Biddle
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tucker doubled to deep left
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second, Tucker to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Max Fried pitching
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Lagares singled to center, Nimmo to second
    • W. Flores: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brandon Nimmo in right
    • Juan Lagares in center
    • Wilmer Flores at second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis flied out to deep right
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki flied out to left
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Julio Teheran
    • T. Nido: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
    • Jose Lobaton hit for Jerry Blevins
    • J. Lobaton: Strike looking, Lobaton grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Camargo walked, Markakis to second
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Culberson singled to left center, Markakis scored, Camargo to third
    • J. Teheran: Teheran hit sacrifice fly to center, Camargo scored
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked, Culberson to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Albies homered to right center, Culberson and Inciarte scored
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna singled to center
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Matt Harvey
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce popped out to shortstop
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera doubled to deep right
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to second, Cabrera to third, Conforto to second
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario fouled out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to first
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Nido popped out to first
    • M. Harvey: Harvey grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna homered to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman walked
    • N. Markakis: Markakis homered to right center, Freeman scored
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki singled to center
    • J. Camargo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Culberson struck out looking
    • J. Teheran: Strike swinging, Teheran singled to right, Suzuki to second
    • Matt Harvey relieved Jason Vargas
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Teheran out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Camargo flied out to left
    • C. Culberson: Culberson reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Teheran hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Culberson to second
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • O. Albies: Foul, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Reyes grounded out to second
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cespedes walked
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Freeman flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Acuna picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Markakis singled to shallow center
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario lined out to center
    • T. Nido: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
    • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Culberson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Teheran singled to shallow center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Inciarte flied out to deep right
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Foul, Albies grounded into fielder's choice to third, Teheran out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Conforto flied out to deep right
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna flied out to center
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Freeman reached on fielder's choice to second, Albies out at second
    • N. Markakis: Foul, Foul, Markakis doubled to deep right, Freeman scored
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Suzuki homered to left, Markakis scored
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Reyes popped out to second
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cespedes grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)