Last night at Citi Field the Mets (42-49) once again defeated division rival Atlanta (49-42), by the score of 4-1. In doing so the Mets clinched the four game series and extended their win streak to a season long four games.
Starter Dillon Gee allowed only one run in seven-plus strong innings in his return from the disabled list. Meanwhile, the Mets offense scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie for good.
Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA), was incredibly efficient in his first start since May 10th against Philadelphia. Limited to a 95 pitch limit in his return from a strained right lat muscle, Gee held Atlanta to just 6 hits over 85 pitches while pitching into the eighth inning. The lone Braves run was scored on a two out double by BJ Upton in the 6th inning.
The Mets got off to a quick start again on Wednesday, scoring their MLB leading 62nd first inning run of the season. All-Star Daniel Murphy doubled deep to right, and Lucas Duda drove him in with a single, garnering his 46th RBI of the season.
After the rough start, Braves pitcher Ervin Santana settled in and faced the minimum for the next five innings. With the score tied 1-1 following BJ Upton’s double, David Wright quickly put the pressure on Atlanta to start the seventh.
Lacing an easy single to left field, David Wright duped Justin Upton into holding the ball and broke for second base, putting the lead run on second base to lead off the inning. Duda’s subsequent fly out to left got the job done as Wright scooted on down to third, putting himself just 90 feet away with one out. After a walk by Bobby Abreu, who was pinch run for by Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis made the most of his rare starting opportunity by driving in the go ahead run on a sac fly.
The next batter, Travis d’Arnaud, gave the Mets some much appreciated breathing room with an absolute no-doubter into the left field stands. The homer marked his 6th of the season and third since his return form Triple-A. By the end of the seventh, the Mets were well on their way to securing Dillon Gee a win in his return to the club.
Jenrry Mejia, who had complained of arm fatigue two days earlier, appeared fit as he came in and closed the game out for the Mets in the bottom of the 9th.
The Mets will look to sweep the Braves and add to their season long win streak tonight in a heavy weight battle between Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04 ERA) and Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67 ERA). First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.