Rapid Reaction: Mets Smack 20 Hits, Beat Braves 16-5

The New York Mets (12-15) beat the Atlanta Braves (11-15) 16-5 on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. The win marked the Mets fourth in sixth contests after losing 10 of 11 beforehand.

Pitching

Jacob deGrom (1-1, 2.84 ERA) started for the Mets on Wednesday and had his worst start of 2017. He went a season-low five innings and gave up a season-high five runs to go along with eight hits, five walks, and five strikeouts. Ironically enough the effort was good for a win as the Mets provided him with plenty of run support.

Josh Edgin replaced deGrom after 109 pitches. Edgin pitched a perfect sixth with one strikeout. Addison Reed replicated perfect Edgin’s performance in the seventh.

Fernando Salas worked around an error and a hit to keep the Braves off the board in the eighth.

Josh Smoker finished the game with a 1-2-3 inning and two strikeouts in the ninth.

Offense

The Mets bats were active early and often in this game. In the first inning, Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Michael Conforto with a double. After a Jay Bruce walk, Neil Walker drove in Cabrera with a double of his own to make it a 2-0 Mets lead.

Curtis Granderson extended the Mets lead in the third as he hit a RBI double with two on and one out. Reyes and Rene Rivera immediately followed with a RBI singles to make it a 5-0 game.

The Mets scored four more runs in the fifth. Reyes drove in the first run on a sac fly and Rivera followed with a RBI single. After T.J. Rivera doubled, deGrom capped off the inning by driving in two runs on a single.

Reyes took advantage of a two-out, bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth as he cleared the bases with a double to give the Mets a 12-5 lead. Rivera followed with a RBI single then Juan Lagares pinch hit for Reed and drove in a run with a single. Conforto then drove in two more on a double.

Overall the Mets had 20 hits (none of which was a home run) and five walks as a team. That included hits from 10 players, multi-hit games from seven players, and three-hit games from three players. Reyes tied a career high with five RBI.

On Deck

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will be making his sixth start of the season for the Mets at 7:35 PM on Thursday night at SunTrust Park. He will be opposed by Braves southpaw Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.99) who will likewise be making his sixth start. Wheeler will look to hold Freddie Freeman in check who is batting .500 against him with a home run and five RBI in 14 career at bats.

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