Mets extend winning streak to 10 games; beat Braves 3-2
Ten wins in a row, nine straight at home.
The New York Mets came from behind to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2 to extend their winning streak to ten games.
With a 12-3 record, the Mets currently have the best record in baseball.
After a 31-minute rain delay, the Mets had the opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the first after John Mayberry Jr. tripled to begin the frame.
Unfortunately for the Mets, nobody was able to drive him in and the game was scoreless after one inning.
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The Braves took the lead in the top of the second off a single from Andrelton Simmons to score A.J. Pierzynski. The Mets followed up tying the game in the bottom half, thanks to an RBI single from Wilmer Flores to score Eric Campbell.
In the top of the fourth, the Braves threatened with two men on with only one out. Dillon Gee induced a groundball to start a beautiful 1-6-3 double play.
It remained a 1-1 tie until the top of the fifth where former Met Eric Young Jr. tripled to the gap in right field. Albert Callaspo drove him in with a sacrifice fly to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.
The game was 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh until Wilmer Flores hit his third home run of the year, tying the game 2-2.
Sean Gilmartin appeared in the top of the eighth to quickly get two batters out, but walked the following two batters. Buddy Carlyle came in and got Jonny Gomes to pop out to third.
With the day-off, Curtis Granderson was asked to pinch hit for Mayberry Jr. After getting behind 1-2, he ended up walking. The Mets then executed a perfect hit-and-run with Lagares at the plate advancing Granderson to third.
Duda, with a man on first and third, singled to left field driving in Granderson to give the Mets the 3-2 lead.
Jeurys Familia came in and shut down the Braves to secure his seventh save and the 13th victory for the Mets.
- Lucas Duda smacked a single against a lefty, again, and drove in the game winning run in the eighth. He finished the evening 2-for-4.
- Kevin Plawecki continues to looked poised and mature at the plate, despite not picking up a base hit. He went 0-for-3.
- Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to nine games, as he went 1-for-4.
- Surprisingly, Dillon Gee pitched seven solid innings. He allowed two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out three batters. He has lowered his ERA to 5.71
- Wilmer Flores is heating up. Flores hit his third home run in the last five games and has had three-straight multiple-hit games.
- Michael Cuddyer seems to be pressing at the plate, taking 0-for tonight. He left four men on and dropped his average to .283.
This was a fairly quick game, considering a 31-minute rain delay pushed the game’s start to 7:41. Nonetheless, the Mets picked up a rather gutsy win, despite the offense waking up in the latter half of the game.
For all of the criticism he has been receiving, Dillon Gee pitched a well-rounded game and was helped out by his defense. With Rafael Montero making a start next week, it’ll be interesting to see what happens if Gee’s successful in his next start.
With the absence of David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets have been getting their offense picked up by rest of the cast — Granderson last night and Flores tonight — and that is important for them. Many expected the offense to go dormant when their bigger bats were put on the shelf, but it appears that’s not the case.
Folks, this team has it: Timely hitting, exceptional starting pitching, and a solid back-end relief pitching.
Let’s keep the train rolling tomorrow, Mets.
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Bartolo Colon will look to complete a perfect 11-and-0 home stand as he takes the mound against Julio Tehran for the Thursday matinee game.