Braves pitcher Julio Teheran/
Photo: ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton
Photo: ccompton@ajc.com/Curtis Compton

Braves can’t overcome Julio Teheran’s awful start

After his three walks in the second inning, Braves fans booed starting pitcher Julio Teheran as another Mets player walked to first base.

Despite winning the first two games of the series against New York at home, the Braves lost the final game 10-8 on Thursday night at SunTrust Park, going 2-1 in the series.

Teheran allowed six runs in 1-1/3 innings and the Braves were unable to recover, despite outscoring the Mets 8-4 the remainder of the game. 

The Braves finished with eight runs on 11 hits, including six home runs -- two from first baseman Freddie Freeman. In the ninth inning alone, the Braves scored four runs, three of them from homers.

Even with the last-inning outburst, the Braves couldn’t get out of the hole Teheran left them in.

“It’s just one of those nights. It’s almost like he couldn’t harness anything,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He couldn’t ever find it, find a release point it seemed like. He’s trying like hell, but it just wasn’t happening.”

Teheran left in the second inning after the Colombian right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits to give the Mets a 6-0 lead in his shortest start of his career.

Eleven of the 16 batters he faced reached base, and he walked three Mets in the second inning, which resulted in two runs. Teheran recorded only two strikeouts.

He said part of the problem was that his command wasn’t there.

“Today for some reason I didn’t have it,” he said. “I was looking for it and it just wasn’t there.”

But he isn’t going to let it get to him, especially in the midst of playing well, he said. In his last appearance, he allowed just one run in seven innings against the Marlins in Miami.

“I’m just going to put it in the back and concentrate on my next one,” Teheran said. 

In 25 games this season, the pitcher has a 3.35 ERA -- ranking him 10th in the National League and 19th in the majors.

He was replaced by Josh Tomlin on Thursday. In five innings, the relief pitcher allowed 10 hits and four runs.

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