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Julio Teheran throws 7 scoreless innings to outpitch Matt Harvey as Braves sweep Mets, 1-0


ATLANTA — It wasn't an easy decision to order a pinch-hitter for after the right-hander allowed only one hit in seven scoreless innings.

's clutch hit made that tough call by Braves manager look good.

Teheran outlasted in an impressive matchup of right-handers, Ciriaco's pinch-hit single in the seventh scored the only run and Atlanta shut out the New York Mets 1-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Harvey (7-5) matched Teheran through six scoreless innings before giving up 's two-out double and Ciriaco's run-scoring single up the middle.

Teheran had thrown only 78 pitches and Atlanta's bullpen has struggled this season, so it wasn't an easy call for Gonzalez to bring Ciriaco off the bench.

"I knew for sure if it was a runner on first base I would have let Julio hit," Gonzalez said. "But once we get into scoring position, we've got to take a shot at it. We did and (Ciriaco) made me look good."

The Mets have lost five straight and scored no more than one run in four of the losses. It has made for a series of disappointments for New York's starting pitchers.

"We're getting used to it, really," said Mets manager . "Some pretty good pitching and we can't score. It's a little frustrating for everybody. But Matt pitched a great game."

Teheran (5-3) improved to 4-0 at Turner Field. He allowed two walks — both to — with five strikeouts. He has a 2.35 ERA in home games and a 7.17 mark on the road.

"It's different when we play at home and I've got the motivation of the fans," Teheran said.

Right-hander pitched out of a ninth-inning jam for his fourth save. Closer was unavailable after earning saves in the first two games of the series.

Granderson led off the ninth with a single to right field and moved to second on a bunt single by . The runners held on 's fly ball to left field. hit into a double play to end the game.

snapped a 0-for-18 drought with a two-out double off in the eighth. Left-hander Dana Eveland struck out pinch-hitter

The game's defensive highlight came in the second when center fielder raced toward second base before making a diving catch of 's shallow fly ball.


The Braves (35-35) returned to .500 for the first time since June 2 with their first sweep of the Mets since June 30 through July 2, 2014.


Lavarnway, a backup catcher making only his second start, just missed a homer on his key double. The drive bounced off the yellow stripe at the top of the left-field wall. He said he heard about it when he returned to the dugout.

"Everyone is like 'The weight room is right over there,'" Lavarnway said.


Mets: C Travis d'Arnaud, day to day with a hyperextended left elbow that forced him out of Saturday night's game, was sore but available if needed off the bench. ... IF Ruben Tejeda, who bruised his left ankle sliding into third base, also was available off the bench. ... RHP (left groin tightness) was held out for the second straight day.

Braves: 1B (sprained left wrist) was unable to swing the bat before the game and was to be re-examined while missing his fourth straight start. Even with an off day on Monday, the lack of progress could push Freeman closer to the DL.


Mets: Following an off day on Monday, the team's road trip moves to Milwaukee, where LHP is scheduled to start on Tuesday night. Niese is 4-3 in seven career starts against the Brewers.

Braves: A tough road trip against the Nationals and Pirates begins on Tuesday night when LHP will face Washington. Wood is 0-1 with a 6.17 ERA in two career starts against the Nationals.

PHOTO: New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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