- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The Mets were not looking at the score when they lost the lead to the Braves. Seeing catcher Travis d’Arnaud in obvious pain on the ground at the plate, they were worried they had lost much more.

D’Arnaud was knocked out of the game with a hyperextended left elbow, but avoided a more serious injury as New York fell to Atlanta 6-4 on Saturday night for its fourth straight loss.

D’Arnaud was relieved X-rays were negative, and the Mets said their catcher is day to day.

“A lot of negative thoughts were going through my head,” d’Arnaud said. “I’m just very fortunate that it’s not as serious as I was thinking.”

D’Arnaud, who homered and hit a two-run single earlier in the game, returned 10 days earlier from the disabled list after missing seven weeks with a broken right hand.

“We’ll probably have him tomorrow if we need him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “I thought he could have dislocated his shoulder. The hyperextended elbow, I know it hurts but we’ve got tape. Those things, you can take care of.”

Curtis Granderson also homered for New York.

Andrelton Simmons led the Braves with four hits. A.J. Pierzynski, Atlanta’s 38-year-old catcher, tripled, doubled and singled.

Pierzynski scored standing up on Pedro Ciriaco’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, and his left leg appeared to hit d’Arnaud’s left arm as he dropped the ball. The impact knocked the catcher to the ground.

“Pretty painful,” d’Arnaud said. “I was more frustrated I couldn’t hold on to the ball.”

Jack Leathersich (0-1) lost in relief.

Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard struggled again on the road, allowing four runs in four innings. He has a 6.52 ERA in four starts away from Citi Field.

“I was kind of battling the elements out there a little bit,” Syndergaard said. “The sweat was running down my arms. I couldn’t get a grip on my breaking pitches.”

Williams Perez (4-0) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. He improved after giving up two runs in the first, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said: “He wasn’t the same Perez. He was erratic.”

Jason Grilli pitched around Wilmer Flores’ two-out single in the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead on d’Arnaud’s bases-loaded single.


A large group of Mets fans, most wearing orange “Mets fans have more fun” T-shirts, took over four sections of the left-field seats.

The fans chanted throughout the game, including a “Why so quiet?” inquiry of Braves fans in the fifth inning.


Teams wore throwback uniforms for the Braves’ Heritage Weekend. Former Negro League players were introduced in a pregame ceremony. The Braves wore Atlanta Black Crackers uniforms and the Mets wore the bright blue and orange colors of the Brooklyn Royal Giants.


Mets: RHP Jeurys Familia (left groin tightness) was held out. He felt more discomfort Saturday, a day after being injured. “The doctor says it’s not a major thing, that he still had great strength,” Collins said.

Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman (sprained left wrist) did not play for the third straight game. Gonzalez said there was not enough improvement for Freeman to start. Because the Braves are off on Monday, Freeman may be held out again Sunday to give him five days for the wrist to heal.


Mets: RHP Matt Harvey will look for his first win at Turner Field since June 18, 2013, when the Mets and Braves finish the three-game series Sunday. Harvey threw seven scoreless innings in his last start, a 3-2 win over Toronto.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran, 0-2 in his last five starts, will try to snap his winless streak and improve his troubling 5.07 ERA. He gave up 13 hits and six runs in a 9-4 loss to Boston in his last start.

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