ATLANTA (AP) _ Jacob deGrom set a career high in wins, Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini each drove in two runs and the New York Mets snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
DeGrom (15-9) allowed five hits, one run and two walks in seven innings. He struck out seven while topping his personal mark of 14 victories in 2015.
The Mets had lost eight straight on the road and had just four wins in their last 18 games away from Citi Field, but they led 5-0 by the fourth inning.
Cecchini and Juan Lagares had RBI singles in the second, Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera had RBI doubles in the third and Cecchini doubled again in the fourth.
Freddie Freeman hit his 27th homer for Atlanta to make it 5-1 in the sixth, but the Mets tacked on two more runs in the seventh on Smith’s two-run double.
The Braves had won seven of nine but they couldn’t overcome a third straight poor start by R.A. Dickey (9-10). The 42-year-old knuckleballer is 0-2 with a 10.05 ERA since beating Philadelphia on Aug. 30.
Smith went 2 for 4 and is hitting .315 with 14 RBIs in 15 games this month. Cabrera began the game tied for first in the NL this month with eight doubles.
Following an eight-start winning streak that ended on July 29, deGrom went 2-6 with a 4.45 ERA over his last nine starts, but he improved to 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA in 11 career starts against the Braves.
The Mets are 17-13 when he pitches. New York doesn’t have a winning record with any other starter this season.
A.J. Ramos gave up two runs in the ninth on Lane Adams’ single.
Mets: Manager Terry Collins said RHP Noah Syndergaard, sidelined since April 30 with a torn lat muscle, might not return until next week. The team had earlier hoped Syndergaard would be able to pitch against the Braves, but that was scrapped after he was examined Saturday by the team medical staff. He threw a bullpen session with no restrictions on Thursday.
Braves: LF Matt Kemp was out of the lineup with a sore left hamstring, an injury that’s bothered him frequently in the second half of the season. Manager Brian Snitker indicated it’s too early to tell if Kemp will play again this year. Atlanta has 15 games remaining.
Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (6-7, 5.58 ERA) has had plenty of success in day games, going 3-2 with a 1.88 ERA in six starts and two relief appearances.
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (11-11, 4.57 ERA) will try to win his fifth straight start. In 19 career starts and one relief appearance against the Mets, Teheran is 8-4 with a 2.56 ERA.
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