The 3 best Mets wins against the Braves in team history

The three best wins the Mets mustered against the rival Braves.
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza (2nd R) is congr
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza (2nd R) is congr / MATT CAMPBELL/GettyImages
1 of 3

It’s a strange history between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. They weren’t actually division rivals until 1995 when realignment and the introduction of the wild card came to Major League Baseball. The Braves, geographically located in a state bordering the Atlantic Ocean, were in the NL West. Their previous location in Milwaukee was the reason for it. No one ever got around to a readjustment much like how the Dallas Cowboys remain in the NFC East. Remember when the Arizona Cardinals were briefly there, too?

In any case, the Mets and Braves have clashed plenty. When it comes to winning, these are the three best.

Best Mets win: 10-run comeback in 2000

The best regular season win for the Mets against the Braves happened on June 30, 2000. The Braves tallied 3 runs in the top half of the eighth inning to push themselves to an 8-1 lead over New York. The Mets would not go away quietly.

A leadoff single by Derek Bell got things started. However, only a few batters later, a seemingly meaningless groundout off the bat of Robin Ventura plated a run but only cut the lead to 8-2. It was the second out of the inning and nothing more than an RBI for the Mets third baseman. Or was it?

With two outs, Todd Zeile singled in another run. Then Jay Payton kept the inning going with a hit of his own. The Braves turned to reliever Kerry Ligtenberg for some assistance. He walked Benny Agbayani to load the bases.

Then down came the Braves. Ligtenberg walked two more batters before he was replaced by Terry Mulholland who, as you can guess, walked the first batter he faced. An Edgardo Alfonzo single would plate two more then came the most memorable moment of all.

The game was now tied 8-8 with Mike Piazza at the plate. A three-run bomb pushed the Mets into the lead and they wouldn’t look back. The ten run inning on 6 hits and an error became arguably one of the greatest Mets regular season wins of all-time.