Freddie Freeman broke it open early for the Braves, with a two-run double and a three-run homer (his 18th) off Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 10.59 ERA) in the first two innings. The Braves racked up 17 hits and 23 baserunners on the day, a welcome sight after failing to plate anyone on Sunday.
The win brought the Braves' lead in the NL East back to 15 games, and reduced their magic number over Washington to 11. They are now 6-1 on this homestand, and possess the best record in the majors by two games over Los Angeles.
Paul Maholm struggled, but got through five innings to notch the win and get to 10-10 for the year. He threw 100 pitches over his five innings, allowing three runners.
Jordan Schafer went 4-for-5 and stole three more bases to bring his total up to 20. Over the past week, he is hitting .360. B. J. Upton had another multi-hit game, and is hitting .429 (9-for-21) over the past week as well. Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs as well.
Every Braves starter got a hit - even Dan Uggla, though his bat has continued to remain cold with no signs of breaking out. Uggla's hit was an infield single that confused the shortstop a bit, so that he neither got a force play or Uggla. Since returning from eye surgery, Uggla is hitting .167 (3-for-18).
The series continues tonight as Kris Medlen (11-12) faces the Mets' Carlos Torres.