- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Shelby Miller doesn’t want to talk about frustration as he endures one of the toughest streaks in Braves history.

“You would think so,” he said, “but you have to keep going out there and grinding.”

Miller lost his 13th consecutive decision and failed to win for his 21st straight start as Atlanta was beaten 7-2 by the New York Mets on Thursday night.

The Braves have dropped 21 of 24 overall and nine straight at home to match the franchise’s longest single-season skid and worst since the 1988 team started 0-9 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Mets starter Bartolo Colon had his consecutive scoreless innings streak end at 31 while winning his fourth straight start.

Kevin Plawecki and Juan Uribe each drove in three runs for New York, which has won four in a row to increase its NL East lead to 7 1/2 games over Washington.

In a game that started 2 hours, 20 minutes late because of rain, Colon (14-11) allowed seven hits, two runs, one walk and struck out two in 6 2-3 innings.

The 42-year-old Colon, who added an RBI single in the fourth, led 4-0 before Jace Peterson’s RBI triple and Andrelton Simmons’ single in the seventh.

Miller (5-14) was clearly agitated while talking with reporters, but he denied that allowing Colon’s single was a low point.

“It wasn’t really a bad inning,” he said. “Gave up a check-swing hit (to Kelly Johnson), made a pitch and gave up a double (to Plawecki). What can you do?”

Miller’s winless streak is the longest by Braves pitcher since Carl Morton went a franchise-record 22 without a victory from Sept. 10, 1975-July 18, 1976.

The Mets went up 3-0 in the fourth on Plawecki’s two-run double and Colon’s single. Uribe added an RBI single to make it 4-0 in the seventh.

Plawecki had an RBI groundout for as New York took a 5-2 lead in the eighth. Uribe’s two-run double put the Mets up 7-2 in the ninth.

Colon stranded two runners in the first, one in the second and one in the third before retiring nine straight batters.

Since receiving no decision in New York’s 14-9 loss at Colorado on Aug. 21, Colon is 5-0 with four walks and 23 strikeouts in stretch of 31 2/3 innings that includes four starts and one relief appearance. He is 13-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 starts against NL East opponents this year.

“Now his command is as good as I’ve seen it in two years,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “That’s why you look up and he keeps going deep into games.”

Dario Alvarez pitched 1 1/3 innings before Addison Reed got the final three outs.

Miller, who allowed seven hits, three runs, two walks and struck out five in six innings, has now lost six games when giving up no more than one run. He began the night with a 2.81 ERA that ranked sixth in the NL and paltry run support - 2.45 per nine innings - that ranked worst in the majors.

Miller’s 13 straight losses have tied Jim Acker, from Sept. 29, 1987-Aug. 16, 1989, for the longest in team history.

Colon’s streak is the longest by a pitcher 42 or older.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: Pitching coach Dan Warthen was admitted to an Atlanta hospital after experiencing an irregular heartbeat before the game. Warthen, 62, has been New York’s pitching coach since June 2008. … RHP Hansel Robles left the team to return to the Dominican Republic because of a family death.

Braves: Manager Fredi Gonzalez has yet to decide if RHP Mike Foltzynewicz (ribs) will work as a starter or a reliever when he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list next week.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (2-0) will face Atlanta for the first time. He is the first pitcher in franchise history to record at least six strikeouts in each of his first three career starts.

Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (5-6), who beat the Mets 2-1 on June 19 in his major league debut, is 0-5 with an 8.91 ERA in his last seven starts.

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