Morton earns 100th win, Stroman hurt as Braves blank Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out 11 in seven innings of one-hit ball for his 100th major league win, and the Atlanta Braves beat the banged-up New York Mets 3-0 on Tuesday night for their second consecutive shutout against the NL East leaders.

Mets starter Marcus Stroman exited in the second inning with a sore left hip, the latest blow to a depleted team decimated by pitching injuries lately.

Dansby Swanson hit a three-run homer in the third for the Braves, who have won two of three in the four-game series.

The punchless Mets managed only two hits — an infield single by pinch-hitting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff in the fifth and a two-out double by James McCann in the ninth.

Stroman, who lasted at least six innings in each of his previous eight starts, walked one in a hitless first but left after throwing just three pitches to Austin Riley in the second.

Morton (7-3) became the 19th active pitcher to reach 100 wins and the 630th to do so in big league history. He hit the milestone 13 years, 8 days days after getting his first career win for the Braves.

In between stints with Atlanta, the veteran right-hander notched 89 wins for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Houston and Tampa Bay.

The 37-year-old Morton, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his previous start against St. Louis, held the Mets hitless until Eickhoff reached with two outs in the fifth.

Eickhoff was the Mets’ starting pitcher in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader. The hit was his first since Aug. 25, 2017.

Morton walked two and plunked a pair of batters.

A.J. Minter tossed a perfect eighth and Will Smith worked the ninth for his 15th save.

Atlanta gave Morton all the support he needed in the third against reliever Yennsy Díaz (0-1). With one out, Ozzie Albies singled and went to second when Abraham Almonte walked. Both runners advanced on Riley’s groundout before Swanson homered to left.

Albies finished with two hits and two stolen bases — his third career two-steal game and first since Aug. 3, 2019.

IN A PINCH

With infielder Jonathan Villar (calf) and catcher Tomas Nido (wrist) nursing injuries sustained Monday, the Mets used starting pitchers David Peterson and Eickhoff as pinch-hitters. Peterson struck out in the third.

It was the second time the Mets used two pitchers as pinch-hitters in a game. Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz pinch-hit against San Diego on July 27, 2017.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: LHP Max Fried (blister), who had been scheduled to start Wednesday, was placed on the injured list. Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said he hopes Fried will only need the minimum stay. … OF Guillermo Heredia (right wrist inflammation) was scratched a little more than an hour before the first pitch and replaced in the lineup by Ender Inciarte.

Mets: LHP Joey Lucchesi (left elbow) is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Thursday. Lucchesi had a 1.19 ERA in his past five starts. … RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder) had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Syracuse.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (0-0, 4.15 ERA) was promoted from Triple-A to take Fried’s spot in the rotation. Wright made his lone big league appearance this year on April 16.

Mets: Needed a starter to fill Lucchesi’s spot.

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