ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves were knocked out of the playoff race Sunday after a stunning late-season collapse, losing to Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets 10-2.
A half-game out of first place in the NL East on July 29 , the Braves have gone 18-30 since then to fall 15 back of Washington . Atlanta was eliminated from the wild-card chase when Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee 1-0 earlier Sunday.
The Braves lost for the 14th time in 18 September games as deGrom struck out 10 in six innings to extend his impressive streak since June 21 .
In his last start, de Grom (9-6) tied the single-game major league record by striking out his first eight batters. Against Atlanta , the shaggy-haired right-hander struck out eight of the first 11 batters he faced.