Friday, December 15, 2017
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Harang allows no hits

NEW YORK — The Braves' Aaron Harang threw seven no-hit innings but reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth in a 6-0 win over the Mets on Friday.

Harang walked six, including two in the sixth and seventh. He was at 121 pitches through seven and left for a pinch-hitter during a long, four-run eighth.

"It wasn't that tough of a decision, really," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I want him pitching 27 more times. If it was the ninth inning, maybe I think about it."

Harang said he fought his manager but not much.

"I know it's probably the hardest decision he's ever going to have to make," he said. "He reiterated multiple times, 'Man, I hate doing that.' "

The Mets hit few balls hard against Harang, 35, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA. The closest they came to a hit was a check-swing tapper by Travis d'Arnaud in the second.

Second baseman Dan Uggla charged, snapped a throw and d'Arnaud was called out. Replays appeared to show d'Arnaud was safe.

But Mets manager Terry Collins did not challenge because Lucas Duda, who had been on first, tried to advance to third and was easily nailed by first baseman Freddie Freeman's throw.

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