Ozzie Albies hit a tiebreaking double off Jacob deGrom, Anibal Sanchez pitched six effective innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets, 2-1, on Friday night at Citi Field for their fifth straight win.
Mixing an effective cutter with his splitter, Sanchez (6-3) allowed one run and two hits. He struck out a season-high nine, including Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier to end the sixth after he had issued a one-out walk to Jose Bautista.
Three pitchers followed with hitless relief as Atlanta beat the Mets for the 11th time in 14 games.
The Braves are 5-0 in games in which they have faced deGrom, though they have scored just four runs off him.
DeGrom (5-7) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings while striking out nine. He retired the final 12 hitters after Albies doubled, and he drove in Amed Rosario on a single in the third for the Mets’ lone run.
DeGrom also recorded his 14th straight quality start, the longest single-season streak since Johan Santana had 14 straight for the Mets in 2008. He allowed three runs or fewer in a 19th straight start, the second-longest single-season streak in team history.
The Mets have scored 54 runs with deGrom on the mound in his 22 starts this season, 28 of them in his last 16 starts dating to May 2. DeGrom is 2-7 in that stretch. They fell a season-high 19 games under .500 at 44-63. They have lost 42 of their last 61 games over all and 24 of their last 33 home games. They matched a season low by being held to two hits for a fourth time.