Mets Rally From Five Down To Defeat The Braves 10-8
Mets hold a slim .5 game lead over the Nats.
Both teams pounded out 14 hits at Citi Field as the New York Mets rallied from five runs down to win over the Atlanta Braves, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon.
Dillion Gee, the starting pitcher of the Mets searching for his first win of the season, got bullied as the Braves took initiative. The Braves had an 8-3 lead after the top of the fourth. Freddie Freeman’s single scored Jace Peterson at the top of the first. After the Mets tied the score, Peterson ripped a three-run homer in the top of the second. Kelly Johnson then extended the Braves’ lead by a single RBI. While Wilmer Flores answered by scoring Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud, the Braves followed with another three-run inning to have a five-run cushion. Gee allowed eight runs and 11 hits in his 3.2 innings pitched.
But after that, it was the Mets that started to take over and the fans on left side bleachers got busy catching flying homerun balls.
All of the Mets’ following runs came from homers as the players trotted around base with excitement. Darrell Ceciliani launched his first major league homerun before Dilson Herrera’s homer in the top of the fourth. Then d’Arnaud’s two-run homer cut the Braves’ lead to one. In the bottom of the sixth, Juan Lagares laced out a three-run homer, giving the Mets their first lead of the game, 10-8.
The Mets would never relinquish the lead as the Braves suffered five scoreless innings after the hot start.
The Mets won the series after the victory on Sunday. In game one on Friday night, the Mets topped the Braves, 5-3, with John Mayberry Jr. and Flores each collecting a homerun. One day later, Cameron Maybin laced out a two-run single in the eleventh, allowing the Braves to beat the Mets with the same score in a comeback fashion.
The two NL East rivals will meet again on SunTrust Park on Friday. Before the rematch, the Braves will play the Boston Red Sox and the Mets will take on the Toronto Blue Jays.