Atlanta Braves: Teheran leads Braves to fifth straight win


With the masterful one-hit performance of Julio Teheran, the Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets 6-0 on Sunday afternoon, giving the Braves their fifth straight win.

Prior to the Mets series, the Braves held one of the worst records. With Sunday’s win, Atlanta has now won five straight games for the first time since the first five games of the previous season. The Braves are now 23-46.

The Atlanta Braves swept the New York Mets with a 6-0 Father’s Day win, largely due to Julio Teheran, who threw his first career one-hitter and retired 21 hitters. He also threw a season-high 120 pitches and 82 strikes.

Michael Conforto was the only Met that was able to reach base in the third inning, and wasn’t able to advance further. That was it for the Mets for the entire game.

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In his last 11 starts, Teheran has posted a 1.78 ERA, and allowed a total of just 20 hits in his last six starts.

It wasn’t all Teheran, though. The Atlanta Braves showed up on offense as well. Mallex Smith, Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, and Jace Peterson each scored. Former Met Erick Aybar scored twice.

Freddie Freeman, who has been on a roll lately, also had four hits. Freeman is now 18 of 35 over his last eight games.

On a side note, in the seventh inning, Mallex Smith was hit in the left hand. He left the game after running the bases, and x-rays revealed a fractured left thumb.

According to news services, Smith will undergo further evaluation on Monday:

"The Braves said Smith will travel on Sunday night to Atlanta, where he will be further evaluated on Monday.Smith was 0-for-3 with a run scored Sunday in the Braves’ 6-0 victory over the Mets. Julio Teheran pitched a one-hit shutout, allowing just a Michael Conforto single to lead off the third inning, as the Braves won their fifth straight game.Smith, a 23-year-old rookie, is hitting .241 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 166 at-bats this season. He leads the Braves with 14 stolen bases."

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The Atlanta Braves will have a short break on Monday before facing the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:10 p.m. EST. Hopefully, their winning streak will continue.