Teheran sharp in playoff audition, Braves fall to Mets 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) Julio Teheran delivered a final pitch, watched the shortstop drift back to make a nice catch and walked off the mound clapping his right hand and glove together.

After the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker applauded Teheran, too.

Teheran looked sharp in his last audition to become part of Atlanta's playoff rotation, throwing two-hit ball for six innings Thursday night in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets.

''That's the way I wanted to finish the regular season,'' Teheran said.

The NL East champion Braves didn't start first baseman Freddie Freeman and center fielder Ender Inciarte, and they were minus injured shortstop Dansby Swanson for the second straight game.

Teheran (9-9) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two, and trailed 1-0 when he exited. The start came exactly a week before the Braves are set to begin the postseason against the NL West champs, either Colorado or the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the race for home-field advantage in that matchup, Atlanta and Colorado are 89-70 and the Dodgers are 88-71; the Braves don't own either tiebreaker, having lost the head-to-head season series against both clubs.

Teheran won just one of his last 10 outings, but Snitker observed, ''he's pitched better than this record.''

Plus this: Opponents hit only .196 against him, besting Greg Maddux (.197 in 1995) for the lowest mark in franchise history, the Braves said. All-Star Mike Foltynewicz could top him - he's at .198 going into Friday night's start at Philadelphia.

The 27-year-old Teheran started for the Braves the previous time they made the playoffs in 2013 and has long been a key piece of their staff, but his place this October is uncertain. He's been inconsistent at times, albeit more steady down the stretch.

Snitker hasn't said who will pitch in the playoffs. Foltynewicz, Kevin Gausman and Anibal Sanchez are considered likely to lock down the first three starts in the best-of-five NL Division Series, perhaps leaving Teheran and Sean Newcomb and maybe even rookie Touki Toussaint to compete for the fourth spot.

''I got in the back of my mind what I'm thinking,'' Snitker said, without revealing any details.

''This isn't tryout camp,'' he said, adding, ''I think the total body of work speaks for itself.''

Teheran gave up a leadoff double to Brandon Nimmo in the first and a home run to Kevin Plawecki in the third.

Pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco connected for a three-run homer off Brad Brach in the seventh that made it 4-0.

Ronald Acuna Jr. hit an RBI single in the eighth.

The Braves beat New York in the opener of this three-game series for their sixth straight win. But Mets starters Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Jason Vargas combined for 21 scoreless innings in the set, and New York finished 6-13 against Atlanta this year.

Vargas (7-9) needed just 77 pitches for seven shutout innings in his best start of the year.

''Good job,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He finished the season strong for us.''

Vargas gave up three hits, walked none and struck out six, pitching in light rain in the later innings. The 35-year-old lefty tied for the major league lead with 18 wins last season with Kansas City but struggled early after signing a $16 million, two-year deal with the Mets.

Vargas went 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA in his last eight starts.

Robert Gsellman worked the ninth for his 13th save. He struck out Freeman with two on to end it.

WRIGHT YOU ARE

Mets third baseman David Wright didn't play despite scattered chants of ''We want David!'' Activated this week, he hasn't played in the majors since May 2016 because of neck, back and shoulder injuries. The Mets have planned for him to start Saturday night at Citi Field against Miami.

The 35-year-old team captain left a spirited reminder of his days in the clubhouse before the game. A bottle of tequila was put in each teammate's locker, with his No. 5 and the message, ''Thanks for the memories.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: No update on Swanson, diagnosed this week with a partially torn ligament in his left hand. A progress report is possible over the weekend. Swanson's status remains uncertain for Atlanta's playoff opener next Thursday. Charlie Culberson again took Swanson's place.

UP NEXT

Braves: Foltynewicz (12-10, 2.88 ERA) pitches at Citizens Bank Park to open the final series of the regular season. Last Saturday, he took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against the Phillies in the division clincher.

Mets: RHP Corey Oswalt (3-3, 6.08) starts at home vs. RHP Jose Urena (8-12, 4.07) and the Marlins.

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  • W: J. Vargas (7-9)L: J. Teheran (9-9)S: R. Gsellman (13)
  • HR: NYM - D. Mesoraco (11), K. Plawecki (7)
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K. Suzuki C40100000.274.336.449.7851.0
J. Camargo 3B40000021.270.348.451.800-1.0
C. Culberson SS40000021.272.323.474.796-1.0
A. Duvall LF31100000.194.273.364.6373.0
R. Flaherty 1B20100100.220.302.296.5972.0
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c- T. Flowers PH10000012.229.340.359.699-0.5
M. Fried P00000000.125.125.125.2500.0
  • a-struck out for Flaherty in the 9th
  • b-announced for Brach in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Ruiz in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF30100120.260.402.482.8842.0
A. Rosario SS40000032.257.296.384.680-1.5
J. McNeil 2B40000012.329.381.479.860-0.5
M. Conforto LF20000202.245.354.455.8084.0
J. Bruce RF41200011.230.313.382.6952.5
T. Frazier 3B31000113.211.297.387.6851.5
D. Smith 1B30000012.222.255.430.685-0.5
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J. Vargas P20000000.148.179.148.3270.0
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  • a-homered for Vargas in the 7th
BATTING
  • SH - J. Teheran (12)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (61)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, N. Markakis 4 (4), F. Freeman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (28)
  • HR - K. Plawecki (7), D. Mesoraco (11)
  • RBI - K. Plawecki (30), D. Mesoraco 3 (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Mesoraco 3 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto 2 (2), T. Frazier 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Conforto (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 9-9)6.02112513.941.1713.5
J. Biddle0.11221103.161.28-3.5
B. Brach0.21110113.651.62-1.5
M. Fried1.01001303.031.412.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 9-9)6.0
J. Biddle0.1
B. Brach0.2
M. Fried1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 7-9)7.03000605.771.4131.0
A. Swarzak0.01111006.391.62-3.0
D. Zamora (H, 5)0.10000103.381.130.5
D. Smith (H, 4)0.21000003.671.48-1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 13)1.01000104.281.309.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 7-9)7.0
A. Swarzak0.0
D. Zamora (H, 5)0.1
D. Smith (H, 4)0.2
R. Gsellman (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 91-60, J. Biddle 12-8, B. Brach 16-10, M. Fried 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 3-10
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 22, J. Biddle 3, B. Brach 3, M. Fried 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Gsellman (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 77-55, A. Swarzak 9-4, D. Zamora 5-3, D. Smith 6-5, R. Gsellman 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-8, D. Smith 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 24, A. Swarzak 2, D. Zamora, D. Smith 3, R. Gsellman 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Albies 2B40100002.264.307.457.7641.0
N. Markakis RF40000014.299.366.444.810-0.5
K. Suzuki C40100000.274.336.449.7851.0
J. Camargo 3B40000021.270.348.451.800-1.0
C. Culberson SS40000021.272.323.474.796-1.0
A. Duvall LF31100000.194.273.364.6373.0
R. Flaherty 1B20100100.220.302.296.5972.0
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J. Teheran P10000010.175.190.250.440-0.5
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M. Fried P00000000.125.125.125.2500.0
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  • a-struck out for Flaherty in the 9th
  • b-announced for Brach in the 8th
  • c-struck out for Ruiz in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF30100120.260.402.482.8842.0
A. Rosario SS40000032.257.296.384.680-1.5
J. McNeil 2B40000012.329.381.479.860-0.5
M. Conforto LF20000202.245.354.455.8084.0
J. Bruce RF41200011.230.313.382.6952.5
T. Frazier 3B31000113.211.297.387.6851.5
D. Smith 1B30000012.222.255.430.685-0.5
K. Plawecki C31111012.216.323.381.7045.5
J. Vargas P20000000.148.179.148.3270.0
a- D. Mesoraco PH11131000.222.304.399.7038.0
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Zamora P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Smith P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.250.000.2500.0
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  • a-homered for Vargas in the 7th
BATTING
  • SH - J. Teheran (12)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (61)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, N. Markakis 4 (4), F. Freeman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (28)
  • HR - K. Plawecki (7), D. Mesoraco (11)
  • RBI - K. Plawecki (30), D. Mesoraco 3 (33)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Mesoraco 3 (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto 2 (2), T. Frazier 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Conforto (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 9-9)6.02112513.941.1713.5
J. Biddle0.11221103.161.28-3.5
B. Brach0.21110113.651.62-1.5
M. Fried1.01001303.031.412.5
Total8.05444102---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 9-9)6.0
J. Biddle0.1
B. Brach0.2
M. Fried1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 7-9)7.03000605.771.4131.0
A. Swarzak0.01111006.391.62-3.0
D. Zamora (H, 5)0.10000103.381.130.5
D. Smith (H, 4)0.21000003.671.48-1.0
R. Gsellman (S, 13)1.01000104.281.309.5
Total9.0611180---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 7-9)7.0
A. Swarzak0.0
D. Zamora (H, 5)0.1
D. Smith (H, 4)0.2
R. Gsellman (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 91-60, J. Biddle 12-8, B. Brach 16-10, M. Fried 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 3-10
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 22, J. Biddle 3, B. Brach 3, M. Fried 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - R. Gsellman (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 77-55, A. Swarzak 9-4, D. Zamora 5-3, D. Smith 6-5, R. Gsellman 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 7-8, D. Smith 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 24, A. Swarzak 2, D. Zamora, D. Smith 3, R. Gsellman 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Acuna singled to left, Duvall scored, Flaherty to second14
  • 7TH INNING
    Mesoraco homered to left center, Bruce and Frazier scored04
  • 3RD INNING
    Plawecki homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Robert Gsellman relieved Drew Smith
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki singled to left center
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Camargo flied out to deep center
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Culberson lined out to center
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Foul, Ball, Duvall hit by pitch, Suzuki to second
    • Freddie Freeman hit for Ryan Flaherty
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Anthony Swarzak pitching
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Duvall singled to left
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Flaherty walked, Duvall to second
    • Rio Ruiz hit for Brad Brach
    • Daniel Zamora relieved Anthony Swarzak
    • Tyler Flowers hit for Rio Ruiz
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • Drew Smith relieved Daniel Zamora
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna singled to left, Duvall scored, Flaherty to second
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to deep center, Flaherty to third
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Foul, Markakis grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Max Fried pitching
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce singled to right, Conforto to second
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Biddle relieved Julio Teheran
    • J. Bruce: Bruce singled to left center
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked, Bruce to second
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • Brad Brach relieved Jesse Biddle
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Plawecki lined out to center
    • Devin Mesoraco hit for Jason Vargas
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco homered to left center, Bruce and Frazier scored
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flaherty lined out to left
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Teheran struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to left
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Albies singled to right, Acuna to second
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Rosario grounded out to pitcher, Nimmo to second
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, McNeil popped out to shortstop
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Conforto popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo popped out to second
    • C. Culberson: Culberson grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Duvall fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Foul, Smith lined out to center
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • J. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Suzuki lined out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Ball, McNeil lined out to left
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto stole second, Frazier flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall flied out to left
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Flaherty singled to right
    • J. Teheran: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Teheran hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Flaherty to second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Plawecki homered to left center
    • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Vargas grounded out to third
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Suzuki flied out to right
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Culberson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce flied out to center
    • T. Frazier: Frazier flied out to left
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith fouled out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Acuna flied out to center
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nimmo doubled to deep left
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, McNeil flied out to deep left
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Conforto flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)