ATLANTA (AP) — The standings paint an ugly picture for the Mets.
Terry Collins' advice? Don't look.
New York's swoon continued as rookie Jacob deGrom gave up three runs in the first inning and the Mets' offense continued to struggle without David Wright in a 3-1 loss to Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.
The Mets have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games to fall 10 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. The Mets, a season-worst 11 games below .500, remained a half-game ahead of last-place Philadelphia.
Collins said this is not the time to focus on his team's place in the standings.
"We've got to quit worrying about the standings," Collins said. "We've got to start winning. That takes care of everything.
"Don't worry about where we are when the All-Star break comes. The only thing that's going to matter is where we are in September, not in July."
The Mets hope to have Wright back in the lineup when they open a home series against Texas on Friday night. Wright remained in New York this week to receive treatment for his bruised left rotator cuff.
"Obviously we miss David's bat in the lineup, there's no doubt," Collins said. "We competed as good as we can compete."
Chris Johnson hit a three-run double in the first inning to help the Braves extend their season-best winning streak to seven games.
Teheran (8-5) survived an injury scare when Eric Campbell's fourth-inning liner hit him the lower right leg.
Teheran said his lower right leg was "burning" after he was hit.
"I wanted to stay in the game so bad," he said.
Teheran gave up four hits and three walks in seven innings while lowering his ERA to 2.29.
"He gave us a great outing," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The last two innings, it was a gut check. He got himself in trouble and made some great pitches."
Jordan Walden pitched a perfect ninth for his third save as closer Craig Kimbrel received a night off.
Atlanta's winning streak includes a four-game sweep at Philadelphia and its first sweep of the Mets since September 2012 at New York.