NEW YORK (AP) — Julio Teheran took the mound as a newly minted All-Star. He left looking like nothing more than a batting practice tosser.
Curtis Granderson lined a loud home run on Teheran's second pitch of the game and the New York Mets handed the Atlanta Braves their third straight loss, 8-3 Tuesday night.
Teheran (8-6) was tagged for a career-worst 11 hits and lasted just 3 1-3 innings, matching the shortest of his 53 starts in the majors.
"One of those nights that everybody has and today was mine," he said. "I feel like everything I threw, they got a good swing."
It was already 5-0 when Teheran missed badly on a full-count pitch to Lucas Duda, walking him in the fourth. Teheran was facing out toward center field when manager Fredi Gonzalez came from the dugout to pull him.
"It's just one of those starts," Gonzalez said. "The young man, he's bound to have a bad one every now and then. If you go out there 35 times, you're going to have a bad one, and today was one of his bad ones."
"Got him out of there fairly early and he can rest up for his next one," he said.
On Sunday, Teheran was picked for his first NL All-Star team, fresh from a winning effort against the Mets last week that put him among the league leaders with a 2.29 ERA. But with his mother watching from the stands, the 23-year-old righty was very hittable.
"I treated this game like the rest that I had before and I didn't try to put any pressure on me," he said. "My mom has been at one of my games before and I think that wasn't the thing that affected me."
Granderson led off with a shot that bonked off the facade of the upper deck in right field. A single by pitcher Jacob deGrom — batting in the eighth spot — keyed a three-run burst in the second and three more hits added a run in the third.
"I feel good. I felt my stuff was good. My curveball, everything," Teheran said.
"I didn't know what to adjust because I was having my best stuff," he said. "I was just trying to battle and try to find a way to get outs and they were just swinging at everything I was throwing in the zone. Even outside of the zone, because I threw a couple pitches outside of the zone and they still hit them."