The Braves are taking the opportunity to rest one of their younger starters to keep him strong for the postseason.
Atlanta purchased the contract of Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, and he'll start the Braves' series finale against the Mets on Wednesday in place of Julio Teheran in an effort to limit Teheran's innings.
Atlanta first called Loe up in late July, and he made two relief appearances. In 2 2/3 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts. When the Braves sent him back down to the Minor Leagues, Loe joined Gwinnett's starting rotation and had some success. He allowed one or no earned runs in four of his last five starts.
"He went back and started all the games since we sent him down, and he's been good and effective," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Obviously, it would be nice, but you don't expect him to go out there and give you nine innings of shutout baseball. But if he could give us a good, solid outing, our guys could really use it right now."
This will be Loe's first Major League start since 2007, when he was a member of the Rangers. The 31-year-old right-hander spent time with the Mariners and Cubs earlier this season before signing with the Braves in May.
"When I came over here, I asked them if I could start, and they said they didn't really have any spot for me to start but they would give me some long-relief appearances," Loe said. "I ended up talking my way into the starting rotation down there."
Meanwhile, the Mets will hand the ball to Dillon Gee, who's been one of the team's most dependable starters throughout the season, as they look to avoid the sweep.
He's coming off a great start against the Nationals, where he allowed two runs on six hits over 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander was also stellar in his last start against the Braves back on July 22, when he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He ended up allowing only two hits over seven shutout innings, but took the no-decision in the Mets' 2-1 win.
"Missing essentially half the year last year, my main goal coming into this year was make every start," Gee said after his last start. "That was No. 1. Make every start and try to get to 200 innings. If I do that, and by the end of the year I can finish strong, I'll feel good about the year."
Gee has thrown 166 1/3 innings this season, and looks to be on track to hit his goal.
Mets: Young on a roll
Eric Young Jr. went 2-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night, continuing a hot stretch for the Mets' leadoff hitter. Young, who entered Tuesday's game with a Major League-leading 18 stolen bases in the second half, is 12-for-30 (.400) over his last seven games.
The Mets acquired Young from the Rockies in a trade back on June 18. He's given New York stability at the top of the lineup, and he's also been a force on the bases. Young has 35 stolen bases this season and is three shy of 100 for his career.
Braves: Gattis gives big performance in first game back
Atlanta recalled Evan Gattis from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, bringing him back after a brief stint in the Minor Leagues. The Braves sent him down after Friday's game. At the time, Gonzalez said Gattis needed to get more at-bats, something that wasn't happening too frequently in the Major Leagues.
In three games, Gattis went 6-for-13 with one home run, three doubles and a strikeout.
Gattis returned to the Braves' lineup in a big way on Tuesday. He went 3-for-3, and his home run in the seventh inning off Carlos Torres tied the game at 1.
Gonzalez said he expects to start Gattis a few more times this week, especially since the Braves will face a couple of lefties against the Phillies this weekend.
Freddie Freeman is 6-for-20 off Gee in his career, with a double, home run, four RBIs, one walk and one strikeout.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.