Nimmo, Gonzalez back Vargas' strong pitching in Mets' win

ATLANTA (AP) Brandon Nimmo drove in a big run in the ninth inning to give the New York Mets a three-run cushion.

They didn't want to give the Atlanta Braves a chance at another last-gasp rally.

''It's just kind of scary out there when the Braves come up in the bottom of the ninth and we're only up by two runs or so, especially on this road trip,'' Nimmo said. ''We've had some tough losses, so to be able to get that last run was really big.''

Nimmo and Adrian Gonzalez each had two RBIs, Jason Vargas pitched five scoreless innings and New York beat the Braves 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Atlanta dropped into second place in the NL East, one-half game behind Washington, the two-time defending division champion that begins a four-game series at SunTrust Park on Thursday.

It was a much-needed reprieve for the Mets, who had lost seven of nine and are 16-25 since starting the season 11-1.

Poor play and injuries have haunted New York the past few days, but manager Mickey Callaway had a good feeling when shortstop Amed Rosario cleanly fielded a hard grounder in the eighth to start a double play and strand a runner at third.

''It's the play that we've been lacking,'' Callaway said. ''We needed to get it turned, and that was probably the difference in the game.''

The Braves had rallied to win two of the first three games in the series in the ninth, but they couldn't muster a comeback this time, going down in order as Robert Gsellman earned his second save. Callaway used his usual closer, Jeurys Familia, to face the top of Atlanta's order in the eighth.

Familia wasn't sharp, but he got Nick Markakis to ground the ball to Rosario and prevent another night of late drama from the Braves.

''I had a good feeling right there and then they made a great play on Nick's ball,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''That thing was two inches from being a base hit and here we go.''

Vargas (2-3) pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one intentional walk with two strikeouts.

The Mets got what they needed from Vargas, who was pitching on three days' rest and began the game 1-3 with a 10.62 ERA in five starts in his first season with New York.

New York made it 2-0 in the seventh off Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (4-3) when Rosario tripled with two outs and scored on Nimmo's single.

The Mets went up 3-1 in the eighth on Gonzalez's single off Sam Freeman and took a 4-1 lead in the ninth when Rosario doubled off Miguel Socolovich and scored on Nimmo's double.

New York led 1-0 in the fourth when Jay Bruce doubled and scored on Gonzalez's double.

Teheran gave up five hits, two runs and three walks in seven innings. He struck out three.

New York moved Vargas up in the rotation after Noah Syndergaard went on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger. Vargas had given up 34 hits, including six homers, with 10 walks in 20 1/3 innings in his first season with the Mets.

But he kept Atlanta off-balance, allowing just a first-inning single to Freddie Freeman and a second-inning double to Charlie Culberson.

Tim Peterson, making his major league debut, retired the first four batters he faced before Johan Camargo hit his fourth homer in the seventh to cut the lead to 2-1.

DROP IN THE STANDINGS

The Braves had been in first place since May 2, but never by more than 1 1/2 games.

PERFECT CONDITIONS

After the first three games had over four combined hours of delays caused by rain or the threat of a storm, Wednesday's games breezed through in 2 hours, 42 minutes. The temperature stayed in the high 70s on a clear night.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: LHP Steven Matz is listed day to day, and the team hopes he won't miss a turn in the rotation with a mild strain in his middle left finger. Manager Mickey Callaway said Matz isn't expected to go on the disabled list.

Braves: RHP Mike Soroka, on the disabled list the past two weeks with a right shoulder strain, will make his first rehab appearance Friday at Class A Rome.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.48 ERA) will make his first start of the season as the Mets open a four-game home series against the Chicago Cubs. In 26 starts, he's 12-6 with a 4.09 ERA. He's 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in one start and two relief appearances when facing the Cubs.

Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (5-1, 2.75 ERA) is coming off no-decision last Saturday at Boston in which he lasted just three innings and gave up six hits and three runs. Before that, Newcomb had won four starts this month and allowed just one run and nine hits in 25 innings. Newcomb is 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA in two career starts against Washington.

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ATL32-23
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  • W: J. Vargas (2-3)L: J. Teheran (4-3)S: R. Gsellman (2)
  • HR: ATL - J. Camargo (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Nimmo CF40220100.279.429.541.9695.0
A. Cabrera 2B50000002.307.345.537.8820.0
J. Bautista LF41100111.222.354.407.7613.5
J. Bruce RF31100102.229.301.354.6554.0
K. Plawecki C30000113.222.432.259.6920.5
A. Gonzalez 1B40220000.262.329.418.7485.0
L. Guillorme 3B30000103.235.278.294.5721.0
J. Vargas P20100012.143.250.143.3930.5
T. Peterson P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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a- M. Conforto PH10000000.240.358.393.7510.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.250.000.2500.0
A. Rosario SS42200013.265.292.394.6866.5
  • a-flied out for Familia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40000001.253.314.362.6760.0
O. Albies 2B40100000.273.316.529.8461.0
F. Freeman 1B40200000.335.434.536.9702.0
N. Markakis RF40000013.332.395.500.895-0.5
K. Suzuki C40000000.261.318.471.7890.0
J. Camargo 3B41111010.231.386.440.8265.5
C. Culberson LF30100000.231.296.369.6652.0
a- P. Tucker PH10000000.260.301.427.7280.0
D. Swanson SS10000200.266.323.409.7322.0
J. Teheran P20000002.200.188.200.3880.0
b- D. Peterson PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Socolovich P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Culberson in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Teheran in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (6), J. Bautista (4), J. Bruce (11), A. Gonzalez (4), A. Rosario (9)
  • 3B - A. Rosario (2)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo 2 (11), A. Gonzalez 2 (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Nimmo (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Culberson (2)
  • HR - J. Camargo (4)
  • RBI - J. Camargo (15)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Nimmo
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez)
  • E - A. Rosario (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 2-3)5.02001208.531.8620.0
T. Peterson (H, 1)2.01111014.501.003.0
J. Familia (H, 1)1.02000002.081.081.0
R. Gsellman (S, 2)1.00000003.381.3310.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 2-3)5.0
T. Peterson (H, 1)2.0
J. Familia (H, 1)1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 4-3)7.05223304.031.2210.5
S. Carle0.11112002.101.13-4.0
S. Freeman0.21000003.221.21-1.0
M. Socolovich1.02110109.001.500.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 4-3)7.0
S. Carle0.1
S. Freeman0.2
M. Socolovich1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Vargas
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 65-44, T. Peterson 29-17, J. Familia 9-5, R. Gsellman 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-7, T. Peterson 2-4, J. Familia 2-0, R. Gsellman 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 19, T. Peterson 8, J. Familia 4, R. Gsellman 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Carle (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 104-61, S. Carle 14-8, S. Freeman 7-6, M. Socolovich 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 8-9, S. Freeman 1-0, M. Socolovich 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 28, S. Carle 4, S. Freeman 2, M. Socolovich 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF40220100.279.429.541.9695.0
A. Cabrera 2B50000002.307.345.537.8820.0
J. Bautista LF41100111.222.354.407.7613.5
J. Bruce RF31100102.229.301.354.6554.0
K. Plawecki C30000113.222.432.259.6920.5
A. Gonzalez 1B40220000.262.329.418.7485.0
L. Guillorme 3B30000103.235.278.294.5721.0
J. Vargas P20100012.143.250.143.3930.5
T. Peterson P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Familia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Conforto PH10000000.240.358.393.7510.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.250.000.2500.0
A. Rosario SS42200013.265.292.394.6866.5
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  • a-flied out for Familia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF40000001.253.314.362.6760.0
O. Albies 2B40100000.273.316.529.8461.0
F. Freeman 1B40200000.335.434.536.9702.0
N. Markakis RF40000013.332.395.500.895-0.5
K. Suzuki C40000000.261.318.471.7890.0
J. Camargo 3B41111010.231.386.440.8265.5
C. Culberson LF30100000.231.296.369.6652.0
a- P. Tucker PH10000000.260.301.427.7280.0
D. Swanson SS10000200.266.323.409.7322.0
J. Teheran P20000002.200.188.200.3880.0
b- D. Peterson PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Carle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Socolovich P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Culberson in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Teheran in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (6), J. Bautista (4), J. Bruce (11), A. Gonzalez (4), A. Rosario (9)
  • 3B - A. Rosario (2)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo 2 (11), A. Gonzalez 2 (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Nimmo (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Culberson (2)
  • HR - J. Camargo (4)
  • RBI - J. Camargo (15)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Nimmo
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez)
  • E - A. Rosario (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 2-3)5.02001208.531.8620.0
T. Peterson (H, 1)2.01111014.501.003.0
J. Familia (H, 1)1.02000002.081.081.0
R. Gsellman (S, 2)1.00000003.381.3310.0
Total11.0622322---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 2-3)5.0
T. Peterson (H, 1)2.0
J. Familia (H, 1)1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 2)1.0
Total11.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 4-3)7.05223304.031.2210.5
S. Carle0.11112002.101.13-4.0
S. Freeman0.21000003.221.21-1.0
M. Socolovich1.02110109.001.500.5
Total9.0944540---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 4-3)7.0
S. Carle0.1
S. Freeman0.2
M. Socolovich1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Vargas
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 65-44, T. Peterson 29-17, J. Familia 9-5, R. Gsellman 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-7, T. Peterson 2-4, J. Familia 2-0, R. Gsellman 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 19, T. Peterson 8, J. Familia 4, R. Gsellman 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Carle (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 104-61, S. Carle 14-8, S. Freeman 7-6, M. Socolovich 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 8-9, S. Freeman 1-0, M. Socolovich 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 28, S. Carle 4, S. Freeman 2, M. Socolovich 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Nimmo doubled to deep right, Rosario scored41
  • 8TH INNING
    Gonzalez singled to right, Bautista scored, Bruce to third, Plawecki to second31
  • 7TH INNING
    Camargo homered to right21
    Nimmo singled to center, Rosario scored20
  • 4TH INNING
    Gonzalez doubled to deep right, Bruce scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Miguel Socolovich relieved Sam Freeman
    • Michael Conforto hit for Jeurys Familia
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto flied out to center
    • A. Rosario: Rosario doubled to left
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Nimmo doubled to deep right, Rosario scored
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second, Nimmo to third
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki lined out to third
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo flied out to left
    • Preston Tucker hit for Charlie Culberson
    • P. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tucker grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to first
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista doubled to deep left
    • J. Bruce: Bruce intentionally walked
    • K. Plawecki: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked, Bautista to third, Bruce to second
    • Sam Freeman relieved Shane Carle
    • A. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to right, Bautista scored, Bruce to third, Plawecki to second
    • L. Guillorme: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Guillorme grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Timothy Peterson
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies singled to right center
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Freeman singled to right center, Albies to third
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Guillorme lined out to center
    • T. Peterson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Peterson grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Rosario tripled to deep center
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Nimmo singled to center, Rosario scored
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Nimmo picked off at second, shortstop to first to pitcher to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Peterson Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki flied out to center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Camargo homered to right
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Ball, Culberson grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson walked
    • Dustin Peterson hit for Julio Teheran
    • D. Peterson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Peterson flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bruce lined out to first
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Timothy Peterson relieved Jason Vargas
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Albies lined out to left
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Markakis flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo popped out to third
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • J. Bautista: Bautista lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Culberson flied out to right
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson flied out to center
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Teheran safe at first on shortstop Rosario fielding error
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce doubled to shallow right
    • K. Plawecki: Plawecki flied out to deep center, Bruce to third
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep right, Bruce scored
    • L. Guillorme: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Guillorme walked
    • J. Vargas: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Vargas struck out looking
    • A. Rosario: Rosario grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Guillorme out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki flied out to right
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Camargo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to center
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bautista flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to left
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guillorme grounded out to second
    • J. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vargas singled to shallow center
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson doubled to right
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Swanson intentionally walked
    • J. Teheran: Foul, Teheran flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera lined out to center
    • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked, Nimmo to second
    • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to deep center, Nimmo to third
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Plawecki grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman singled to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)