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Tuesday, August 20th (All times Eastern)

Atlanta Braves (76-48) at New York Mets (57-66), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Brandon Beachy (2-0, 4.50) New York - Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.43)

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves will try to extend their road winning streak when they visit the New York Mets Tuesday for the opener of a quick two-game set at Citi Field.

The Braves have won six in a row on the road and went 6-3 on a recent nine- game homestand, which was capped by Sunday's 2-1 win versus the Washington Nationals. Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson had an RBI apiece and starting pitcher Julio Teheran threw six scoreless innings for the win. Teheran walked three and struck out five batters.

"(Teheran) didn't have his best stuff today," Braves catcher Gerald Laird said. "He was struggling with the changeup and he didn't have that slider. But he kept making pitches when he needed to."

Craig Kimbrel struck out three and worked around a hit in the ninth for his 39th save, which is tied for the major league lead with Baltimore's Jim Johnson.

Johnson still leads the National League with a .335 batting average and is riding a seven-game hitting streak.

Atlanta is 16 games ahead of the Nationals for the NL East lead and has won 19 of the last 22 contests.

Brandon Beachy gets the call for the Braves Tuesday against the Mets and is 2-0 with a 4.50 earned run average in four starts since his return from Tommy John surgery. Beachy has won back-to-back starts and held Philadelphia to a pair of runs through six innings in last Wednesday's 6-3 win. Atlanta has won all four of the right-hander's starts.

Beachy did not record a decision in his only start against the Mets and allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 7-5 loss Sept. 18, 2011.

New York is back home for nine straight games and went 5-6 on its recent road trip. The Mets capped the journey with Monday's 6-1 win at Minnesota in a makeup game from a weather-shortened series in April.

Dillon Gee pitched a solid game for the Mets and gave up only an unearned run in 7 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts and one walk.

"He was staying aggressive. His curveball was there, his slider was there, every single pitch," Mets rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud said of Gee. "He was locating his fastball. He did an outstanding job."

Marlon Byrd homered and scored twice, while Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla all had two hits and an RBI.

Zack Wheeler looks to extend New York's three-game home winning streak and draws the start Tuesday. Wheeler fanned 12 batters and allowed one run in six innings of a 4-1 win at San Diego his last time out on Thursday. He did not record a decision and is 5-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 11 starts.

Wheeler, a rookie right-hander, has won both of his starts against the Braves this season to go along with a 2.25 ERA across 12 innings.

Atlanta and New York have split 14 meetings this season.

08/20 10:45:09 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
1st Intermission
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
3rd
MIA 70
BOS 61
 
3rd
BRK 83
DET 78
 
3rd
SAC 68
LAL 79
 
3rd
ORL 60
PHI 57
 
3rd
WAS 66
PHO 77
 
2nd
MIN 26
IND 36
 
2nd
OKC 37
NOP 41
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
2nd
UGA 59
SHU 37
 
2nd
ALA 35
APP 39
 
Half
KSU 23
NDST 21
 
1st
WASU 31
SJST 23
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
2nd Intermission
DET 0
COL 0
 
2nd Intermission
EDM 5
DAL 3
 
1st
BOS 1
BUF 0
 
1st Intermission
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
1st
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
 
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
 
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA