ATLANTA - For six innings Tuesday night, Mets righthander Carlos Torres cruised. He stifled a potent lineup that has the Braves steaming toward yet another appearance in the postseason.
But no team in the National League hits more home runs than the Braves, who used the long ball against the Mets, 3-1.
Torres (3-3) took a shutout into the seventh inning. But Evan Gattis launched a solo shot and Andrelton Simmons followed with a two-run homer, the 159th by the Braves this season. Now, the Mets need a victory in Wednesday's series finale to avoid a three-game sweep.
"That's what makes them really tough," Collins said. "They can all hit a homer and that's why they've been winning. They can score quick and fast."
Against Braves righthander Kris Medlen (12-12), the Mets took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when Eric Young Jr. lined a shot to deep leftfield. Gattis appeared to have a chance at it but missed, allowing the speedy Young to slide into third with a triple. Daniel Murphy followed by roping a run-scoring double to right.
However, with one swing, Gattis made up for his gaffe. After a Dan Uggla walk, Simmons followed with a two-run blast to put the Braves ahead for good.
"That's baseball, unfortunately," said Torres, who has allowed just four runs in his last two starts. "It usually comes down to one or two pitches, one or two at-bats. That's how it goes."
Notes & quotes: RHP Jeurys Familia has a chance to rejoin the Mets before the end of the season, Collins said. Familia pitched Sunday with Class A Port St. Lucie. Familia had been out since May after surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow . . . Third baseman Wilmer Flores did not start for the third time in four games. He has had sore ankles . . . Murphy won NL player of the week honors.