Kyle Muller shuts down Mets in 2-0 Braves win

Kyle Muller tossed five scoreless innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the New York Mets in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader.

The Braves needed a big performance from Muller and he delivered. He walked Jonathan Villar to begin the game but then settled in and retired the next seven hitters he faced.

Atlanta staked Muller to a lead in the third but missed out on an opportunity to do a bunch of damage. Guillermo Heredia doubled to lead off the inning. Kyle Muller then squared to bunt, but pulled it back and singled through the left side to put runners at the corners. Joc Pederson followed with a double to the right field corner that scored Heredia to put the Braves up 1-0.

Instead of potentially knocking Marcus Stroman out of the game, the Braves let him off the hook. Ozzie Albies ran the count full but then chased what would have been ball four for the first out. The Mets then intentionally walked Freddie Freeman to load the bases but Austin Riley grounded into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch he saw to end the threat.

Muller worked into and out of trouble in the third. Stroman reached on a bunt single and then Villar followed with another hit to put runners at first and second. Muller dug in though and struck out Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto to leave them stranded.…

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