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Miller’s winless skid hits 21

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ATLANTA—Shelby Miller doesn’t want to talk about frustration as he endures one of the toughest streaks in Braves’ history.

“You would think so,” he said. “But you have to keep going out there and grinding.”

Miller lost his 13th-consecutive decision, and failed to win for his 21st-straight start, as Atlanta fell 7-2 to the N.Y. Mets last night.

The Braves have dropped 21-of 24 overall, and nine-straight at home, to match the franchise’s longest single-season skid and worst since the 1988 team started 0-9 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon had his consecutive scoreless innings streak end at 31 while winning his fourth-straight start.

Kevin Plawecki and Juan Uribe each drove in three runs for New York, which now has won four in a row to increase its NL East lead to 7.5 games over Washington.

In a game that started more than two hours late because of rain, Colon (14-11) allowed seven hits, two runs, and one walk while striking out two in 6 2/3 innings.

The 42-year-old Colon, who added an RBI single in the fourth, led 4-0 before Jace Peterson’s RBI triple and Andrelton Simmons’ single in the seventh.

Miller (5-14) was clearly agitated while talking with reporters but denied that allowing Colon’s single was a low point.

“It wasn’t really a bad inning,” he stressed.

“Gave up a check-swing hit [to Kelly Johnson], made a pitch and gave up a double [to Plawecki],” Miller noted.

“What can you do?”

Miller’s winless streak is the longest by Braves’ pitcher since Carl Morton went a franchise-record 22 without a victory from Sept. 10, 1975-July 18, 1976.

Colon stranded two runners in the first, one in the second, and one in the third before retiring nine-straight batters.

Since receiving no decision in New York’s 14-9 loss at Colorado on Aug. 21, Colon is 5-0 with four walks and 23 strikeouts in a stretch of 31 2/3 innings that includes four starts and one relief appearance.

He is 13-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 starts against NL East opponents this year.

Elsewhere in the NL, Colorado edged San Diego 4-3, Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 6-4 (13 innings), and Cincinnati bombed St. Louis 11-0.

Chicago at Philadelphia was rained out.

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