First with his glove, and then with his bat, Juan Lagares was not going to let Dillon Gee's winless streak continue. The gold glove front runner made three spectacular plays in center field and blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning to provide all the insurance that the Mets would need on a beautiful Tuesday night at Citi Field.
On the mound for the Mets, Dillon Gee put an end to his worst career losing streak at 5, out pitching Braves lefty Alex Wood to a 3-2 victory. Gee was thankful to have had Lagares roaming the outfield, as the centerfielder finished with 7 putouts in the contest.
"That's Lagares, man," Gee said. "We expect that from him now. Unbelievable center fielder. Makes great plays. ... I'd be hard-pressed to find anybody better. He's unbelievable. He's fun to watch."
With Daniel Murphy sidelined by a lingering calf issue, Wilmer Flores stepped in at second base and played brilliantly on defense as well, taking part in 3 of the team's 4 double plays in the game. The young Venezualan infielder said of Lagares, "I'll tell you what: Everybody's impressed -- I'm not. I've been playing with him since `09. I know what he can do. Any pitcher would want him in center field."
With David Wright also out of the lineup due to neck spasms, the Mets 2 and 3 hitters in the lineup were left riding the bench. As a result, the Mets were forced to rely on Lagares' bat as well. The man with the golden glove went 2-3 including his 4th home run of the season which proved to be the decisive blow in the ball game. After Travis d'Arnaud led off the 4th frame with a double down the left field line, Lagares turned on a 3-2 pitch and planted it well beyond the Great Wall of Flushing in left field. The home run was Lagares' second in as many games, after he had gone 227 ABs without a round-tripper, dating back to the middle of May.
After Gee was lifted in the 7th inning, the tandem of Familia and Mejia shut the Braves down the rest of the way, guaranteeing the Mets their 62nd win of the season.
All-Star RHP Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96 ERA) pitches Wednesday night for Atlanta against RHP Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48 ERA), who has won six straight decisions. Wheeler is 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA in six career starts against the Braves, his hometown team. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.