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CHC@NYM: Niese shows frustration after exiting game

In two starts against the Mets this season, Braves left-hander Mike Minor has pitched quite well. While he's allowed three runs in 14 1/3 innings, all have come courtesy of the long ball.

He'll look to buck that trend on Thursday as the National League East foes square off at Turner Field in the five-game series finale, the rubber match of the set.

Against the Giants on Saturday, Minor (8-2, 2.68 ERA) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings of work for the no-decision.

"I thought I made decent pitches, and if they were hit a little bit harder, a little bit softer, it could've went the other way," Minor said after the game. "But they got guys on and they made contact, and they made hard contact when they needed to drive guys in, and that's what killed me."

Meanwhile, Jon Niese will be on the hill for the Mets, ready to get his first win since May 16, a span of four starts.

Niese (3-6, 4.15 ERA) struggled early in his last start, walking three in the fourth inning and allowing a two-run single to Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman. However, he was able to settle down after that, gutting out 5 2/3 innings.

While the left-hander lacked his best stuff, he still had an effective curveball and held the Cubs to just two runs on six hits in the loss.

In one start this season against the Braves, Niese was lit up for seven runs on seven hits in four innings of work for the loss. In 13 career games against the Braves, Niese is 6-4 with a 3.64 ERA.

Mets: Atchison to DL; Brown recalled
• New York placed right-handed reliever Scott Atchison back on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, recalling outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Atchison suffered a strained right groin while warming up during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader. It would have been his first appearance since returning from a month-long DL stint with right elbow inflammation.

The move allows the Mets to balance out their roster, moving their bench back to five players and temporarily going with an eight-man bullpen.

Braves: Wood aiming to be in 'pen this weekend
• After a 73-pitch effort in his first Major League start in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Alex Wood will be available to pitch out of Atlanta's bullpen at some point during this upcoming weekend's series against the Brewers.

"We're shooting for him to be available by Friday at the earliest," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He threw a lot of pitches in three innings."

Wood was forced to make the spot start when Brandon Beachy was scratched because of inflammation in his right elbow. Wood had not thrown more than 35 pitches in any of the six appearances he had made since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi on May 30 to join Atlanta's bullpen.

Worth noting
• Zack Wheeler flew Wednesday to Tucson, Ariz., where he will join Triple-A Las Vegas before returning to the Mets next week in Chicago. The move allows the Mets to carry an extra reliever for their next five games in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

• Braves utility infielder Ramiro Pena has seen his playing time minimized since he landed awkwardly on his right shoulder during the June 9 win over the Dodgers. The switch-hitting Pena, who had been starting at third base when an opposing club was starting a tough right-hander, has started just two of the past 10 games.

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