David Wright, Eric Valent and Cliff Floyd homered to send the Mets to just their fourth victory in 24 games, a 7-0 win over the Braves on Tuesday night. New York has won two of three from Atlanta since the New York Daily News reported that manager Art Howe will be fired after the season.
Howe met with owner Fred Wilpon and general manager Jim Duquette on Tuesday afternoon. “All I can say is I’m managing tonight,” Howe said before the game.
After the win, he smiled and added, “I didn’t lie.”
Howe wouldn’t speculate on whether he’d be back in the dugout on Wednesday.
“That’s too far off,” he said. “We’ll see tomorrow.”
Howe has been under fire for several weeks as the Mets have fallen out of the playoff race after flirting with a run at the postseason at the All-Star break.
Regardless of who is managing, veteran left-hander Al Leiter will be on the mound for New York. Leiter is 1-3 with a 6.34 ERA in his last seven starts, including 0-1 with a 5.94 ERA in his past three outings at Shea.
The Braves have lost six of their last 11 games, totaling six hits or fewer five times in that stretch. Their NL East lead over the Florida Marlins is down to seven games with 17 to play.
Atlanta will play a three-game set at Florida this weekend before hosting the Marlins from Sept. 24-26.
The resurgent Marlins have won 20 of 27 games to climb back into the race.