- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Matt Wisler wised up in a hurry.

Tagged by David Wright’s home run with one out in the first inning and a follow-up double by Daniel Murphy, the Atlanta rookie quickly found his rhythm.

Wisler went on to end his nine-start winless drought and the Braves, boosted by a rare power show, stalled the New York Mets’ push toward the NL East title with a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.

“I feel good against them,” Wisler said. “I think my stuff kind of matches up with their weaknesses. They’re a really good hitting team, obviously, they’re tops in our division and it’s a battle every time against them. But I continue to have some good luck against them.”

Wisler (6-8) struck out a career-high eight and left after a leadoff walk in the eighth.

The 23-year-old, who beat the Mets in his big league debut June 19, had been 0-7 in his last nine starts. Earlier this month, he lost to the Mets despite pitching well.

“I had a good start and a really rough August, so I’m trying to learn from that and I feel better mentally the last couple of outings. I’m just really trying to attack hitters as best I can,” he said.

The Mets lost for the fifth time in seven games. They held their 6 1/2-game lead over Washington, whose loss to Baltimore cut New York’s magic number to six for clinching the division.

Down 4-1, the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Edwin Jackson, Atlanta’s fourth pitcher of the inning, gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer and got Wilmer Flores on a grounder to protect the lead.

Pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia lined a two-out, two-run double in the ninth off Mets reliever Tyler Clippard.

Jace Peterson led off the Atlanta fifth with a home run and Hector Olivera launched a three-run shot later in the inning off Logan Verrett (1-2). Atlanta is last in the majors, by far, with 90 home runs.

Olivera’s tiebreaking homer came after an intentional walk to Nick Markakis with two outs.

“The bottom line is, we aren’t chasing a playoff berth, but we’re here to play hard and we’re not here to give games away,” Olivera said through a translator.

The Mets had won five in a row against Atlanta, and Wright put them ahead again with a solo homer in the first. But other than Murphy’s two doubles, New York rarely dented Wisler in finishing 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

The Braves won for just the eighth time in 35 games. They have the second-worst record in the majors after trailing the Mets by only 1 1/2 games a few days before the All-Star break.


Braves: Markakis started after missing two games because of stiffness in his upper back and neck. … C Christian Bethancourt is still day to day after bruising his left wrist on a play at the plate Sunday.


Even with the Braves struggling, manager Fredi Gonzalez is secure - in July, the team extended his contract through 2016. New York manager Terry Collins has a club option for next season and Gonzalez said Mets management should take care of his counterpart now. “Do the right thing for T.C.,” Gonzalez said.


Braves: RHP Williams Perez (6-6, 5.16 ERA) is 2-0 in his last three starts. The no-decision was against the Mets, when he pitched six innings and gave up three runs. He made his big league debut this year and has one save, which came vs. the Mets.

Mets: Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.15) has won all four of his starts vs. the Braves this season. Three Atlanta hitters have caused him trouble - Andrelton Simmons (11 for 20), Freddie Freeman (9 for 20) and Nick Swisher (7 for 15 with two homers).

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