Braves vs. Mets
When: 5:05 p.m. Sunday
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta
On TV: Fox Sports South
ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons got four hits for the Atlanta Braves in a 6-4 win Saturday night over the New York Mets, who lost their fourth in a row and catcher Travis d’Arnaud to an elbow injury.
A.J. Pierzynski tripled, doubled and singled. He 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.
The Mets said d’Arnaud is day to day with a hyperextended left elbow. 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.
Williams Perez (4-0) allowed four runs on five hits in six innings.
Jason Grilli pitched around Wilmer Flores’ two-out single in the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
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.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead on d’Arnaud’s bases-loaded single.
Pierzynski tripled into the right-field corner and scored on Simmons’ single in the second.
Jace Peterson walked to lead off the third. He stole, and advanced to third when no one covered second base for d’Arnaud’s throw, which sailed into center field. Peterson scored on a groundout by Cameron Maybin.
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 on Saturday, a day after being injured. “The doctor says it’s not a major thing, that he still had great strength,” manager Terry Collins said.
Braves: 1B Freddie Freeman (sprained left wrist) did not start for the third straight game. Manager Fredi 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 on 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.