NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that he wants to give Ruben Tejada scheduled off-days in tandem with the team's two remaining days off -- Thursday and Sept. 20. But after Tejada's second straight 0-for-4 performance on Saturday against Atlanta -- and the Mets' ninth straight home game in which they scored three runs or fewer -- the shortstop was out of the starting lineup on Sunday.
Justin Turner got the start at shortstop, a combination of career success against Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson -- Turner was 3-for-4 with two home runs against the Braves right-hander entering Sunday -- and New York's need for any sort of offensive spark.
"The one thing we tried to address is that we're not scoring and we're not hitting," Collins said. "Even though it's a small sampling, 3-for-4 with two homers is a pretty good sampling against Hanson, so I wanted to get Justin in there today.
"It seems like when he's in the lineup, some things happen. He keeps it moving, he gets hit with a pitch or draws a walk, or gets a hit. With us scuffling the way we are as far as scoring, I thought I'd play him today."
Though he had only 153 at-bats entering Sunday, Turner was still batting .288 on the season with 17 RBIs and 13 doubles. He was 4-for-12 in September (.417) with two multihit games.
Mejia to start against Phillies on Sept. 19
NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed on Sunday that Jenrry Mejia will make his fourth career start on Sept. 19 against the Phillies. Matt Harvey, who would regularly be scheduled to make that start, will make his final start on Sept. 18 in place of Collin McHugh.
New York's six-man rotation revolves around R.A. Dickey, who still works on regular rest. As a result, the other five starters normally have five days of rest between starts, but have six when Dickey is scheduled twice during that rotation of pitchers.
Harvey -- who will start on Wednesday against Washington -- will still start on five days of rest despite being bumped up to Sept. 18, as the team has an off-day before it heads to Milwaukee next weekend.
Andres Torres, who missed Saturday's game after leaving in the second inning on Friday with a bruised left knee, was back in the lineup and in center field on Sunday.
With the Mets' 11-3 loss to the Braves on Saturday, New York has scored three runs or fewer in nine consecutive home games. The streak is the team's longest since 1988, when New York went 10 straight from July 23-Aug. 12.
Adam Rosenbloom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.