ATLANTA (AP) — Mets manager Terry Collins didn't hesitate to let starting pitcher Carlos Torres bat in the seventh with runners on first and third.
It all unraveled for New York in the bottom half of the inning when Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons homered off Torres, but Collins was proud of his pitcher's performance.
"Look where he was in that point in the game, and he was cruising," Collins said. "They're dangerous so you can't make any mistakes. He gave us a chance. We just couldn't put up any runs."
The Mets wasted a solid start by Torres, managing just one run off Atlanta starter Kris Medlen in a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
New York has dropped three straight and nine of 13.
Medlen pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves used three relievers to close out New York for their second straight victory.
The Braves have won 20 of 24 at Turner Field to improve the major leagues' best home record to 51-19.
In the seventh, Gattis, who was recalled earlier in the day after a three-game stint at Triple-A Gwinnett, tied it at 1-all with his 16th homer. After Torres walked Dan Uggla on nine pitches, Simmons hit his 13th homer to make it 3-1.
Torres gave up seven hits, three runs and one walk. He tied career highs with six strikeouts and seven innings pitched.
"He was using his fastball a lot," Simmons said. "He came at us fastball, cutter, fastball, fastball. Fortunately, Danny got him tired, and he was leaving it a little more over the middle. Before he was spotting up more, so I was fortunate to get one over the middle."
Medlen (12-12) allowed seven hits and one run while striking out nine.
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel converted his 34th straight save opportunity and improved to 44 for 47 this season. He struck out Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker, allowed a single to Omar Quintanilla and retired pinch-hitter Justin Turner on a groundout.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on Daniel Murphy's RBI double with one out, but Medlen limited the damage on Josh Satin's groundout and Lucas Duda's strikeout.
In the seventh, Collins let Torres bat with runners at first and third, but the pitcher struck out and soon gave up the lead.
Torres dropped to 2-1 but has a 1.77 ERA in seven career games, including two starts, against Atlanta.
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