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Mike Minor homers, throws 7.1 scoreless in Braves’ eighth straight win

May 25, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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Starter Mike Minor tossed seven and a third scoreless innings tonight as the Braves shut out the Mets 6-0. The lefty struck out ten and walked two, and even hit a home run in support of himself — a two-out, two-run shot off of Mets starter Dillon Gee, sparking what ended up being a five-run fifth inning. Minor’s effort tonight is the fourth consecutive start in which he has gone at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs. His ERA was lowered to 2.45, the best mark in the Braves’ starting rotation and moves him ahead of Cliff Lee for the eighth-best ERA among National League starters.

The Braves notch their eighth consecutive victory and their second today as the Braves had resumed a game, paused last night due to rain, defeating the Mets 7-5 in ten innings earlier. The two wins today bump the Braves up to 30-18, 5.5 games ahead of the Nationals and 6.5 ahead of the Phillies.

  1. misterj167 - May 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Good game by Minor today and great 2-out hitting overall from the Braves, who are doing exactly what they need to do in beating up on weaker teams. Teheran gets the start tomorrow night against a guy with a 6-something ERA, let’s hope that means an easy win for the sweep and their ninth straight win. Then four with Toronto who is also not playing very well right now before another series with the Nats.

  2. baseballisboring - May 26, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Giving up a homerun to a pitcher must be such a deflating feeling…

  3. mississippimusicman - May 26, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Long live the National League! The best thing about not using the designated hitter is how surprising it is when a pitcher has this kind of night at the plate. I’ll be sad when a pitcher can no longer “help his own cause.”

  4. spellingcops - May 26, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Wouldn’t it be 7.33 innings?

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