New York-The New York Mets' weak spot for the entire season has been their offense, but they have shown some signs of life lately. The Mets have begun to hit more home runs and scored a few more runs at home than they did earlier in the season. Tonight was the team's finest hour offensively this season. The Mets (41-49) pounded out 18 hits and scored eight runs en route to an 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves (49-41).
The Mets grabbed the lead right away in the bottom of the first inning when Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run. Granderson's 14th homer of the year moved him into the team lead and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to the lead in the second with a two run double from Daniel Murphy and an RBI single from David Wright to push their lead out to 4-0. The Mets added another run in the third on an RBI single from Eric Young Jr, completely annihilating Braves' All Star starter Julio Teheran. Teheran (L, 8-6) got beat up for five runs on 11 hits over 3.1 innings of work. Teheran walked two and struck out two in the contest.
The offensive onslaught continued after Teheran departed. RBI doubles by Lucas Duda in the sixth and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the seventh pushed the margin to 7-0. That margin would be plenty for Mets' starter Jacob deGrom, who was dominant. deGrom (W, 2-5) scattered seven hits across seven shutout innings while striking out 11 to pick up his second career win.
The Braves finally got on the board in the eighth inning with a Jason Heyward RBI single to make it 7-1, but an RBI single from Juan Lagares pushed the margin back to seven in the bottom of the frame. The Braves tried to make things interesting in the top of the ninth by plating a pair of runs against Dana Eveland, but Jeurys Familia came on to record the final two outs and secure the Mets' third straight win.
Player(s) of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes collectively to the New York Mets' offense. The Mets put on a show with the bats tonight, racking up 18 hits and scoring eight runs to complete their best offensive showing of the season.
Post Game Notes:
- The win was the 4,000th win in franchise history.
- Every Mets' starter had at least two hits except for Eric Young Jr and deGrom, who got one each.
- deGrom's 11 strikeouts matches his career high on May 31st against the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Heyward and B.J. Upton each collected three hits for the Braves.
The Mets will look to win their fourth game in a row tomorrow night against the Braves. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) will return from the disabled list for the Mets, while the Braves counter with right hander Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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