Behind an 11 strikeout performance by Jacob deGrom, the Mets defeated the first-place Braves by a score of 8-3, en route to their 4,000th win in team history.
Jul 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherJacob deGrom
(48) pitches during the first inning Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
DeGrom threw seven scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and no walks, and the Mets’ bats were alive. The team scored five runs on 11 hits off Atlanta starting pitcher Julio Teheran, who had allowed more than four runs just twice in 18 starts coming into tonight.
In the bottom of the first, leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run to bring home the Mets’ first run of the game.
Eight Mets came to bat in the second inning, and five of them had base hits against Teheran — who just last week held the Mets to one run on four hits. After singles from deGrom and Granderson, newly appointed All-Star Daniel Murphy hit a two-run double to make it 3-0. Two pitches later, David Wright laced a single to left field to drive home Murphy and give the Mets a four run lead.
Travis d’Arnaud and Ruben Tejada led off with back-to-back singles in the third. Eric Young Jr. then hit a single of his own, bringing the team’s lead to 5-0. In the sixth, Murphy doubled — his 22nd of the year — and Lucas Duda followed with an RBI double.
The Mets broke the game open in the seventh. D’Arnaud and Tejada both singled, and pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a line-drive double that made it 7-0. In the eighth, Duda got on base for the fifth straight time when he hit his second double of the night. Juan Lagares then singled him in.
The Braves’ could not muster a run until the eighth inning. Andelton Simmons walked off reliever Buddy Carlyle, and Justin Upton followed with a single. Dana Eveland then came in to face Jason Heyward, who promptly hit a single that scored a run and broke up the shutout.
Tommy La Stella, Christian Bethancourt, and B.J. Upton led off the ninth with singles to load the bases off Dana Eveland. In for relief, Jeurys Familia allowed a two-run single to Freddie Freeman to make it 3-0 — but that was all the Braves offense would do for the night.
The Mets had a season-high 18 hits.
DeGrom has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his first 11 major league starts.
For the third time in team history, all nine players in the starting lineup had a hit by the third inning. The last time it happened was in 1995.
New York has hit a home run in eight straight games at Citi Field, tying their longest home run streak.
Wright has 10 RBI in his last 13 games, including there home runs.
D’Arnaud has reached base safely in all 12 games since returning from AAA Las Vegas, including a hit in eleven of those games.
Teheran let up 11 hits tonight, the most he’s ever given up in a big league start.
The Mets will continue their four-game series with the Braves on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) — in his first start since going on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle on May 14th — will take the mound for the Mets. He will face Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA) at 7:10 PM.