It may not have been Jacob deGrom’s finest moment on the mound, but it was good enough to get a win against his former teammate, Braves newly crowned elder statesman, Bartolo Colon.
The Mets bats crushed Colon for five-runs in three innings off a series of faulty sinkers, a far cry from his previous six-inning outing at Citi Field where he gave up a stingy run on two hits.
Jose Reyes raked in five RBIs, matching his career high, and the rest of NY’s line-up pounded Atlanta pitching with 20 hits en route to a 16-5 rout at SunTrust Park.
Rene Rivera, getting the catching call due to Travis d’Arnaud’s sore right wrist, drove in three-runs, while Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker all had doubles in the first inning, staking deGrom to an early 2-0 lead.
In the third, Colon’s lack of location cost him after hitting Cabrera in the leg and walking Walker, the slumping Curtis Granderson, entering the game hitting .122, unleashed an RBI double.
DeGrom’s pitching performance started to fray in the fourth giving up consecutive singles to Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers, and a walk to the .156 hitting Dansby Swanson. A double play on Jace Peterson’s ground ball erased a runner, but Emilio Bonifacio’s pinch-hit triple closed the gap 5-3.
Josh Collementer relieved Colon in the fifth and got a not so fine how do you do as the Mets erupted for four-runs off of a Walker single, Granderson double, Reyes’ sac fly, a Rene Rivera base hit, T.J. Rivera’s double, and deGrom’s helping his own cause RBI single to right for his second hit of the night.
But in the fifth, deGrom’s pitch count bloated as he struggled with two more walks, for an uncharacteristic five on the night, and two additional runs crossed the plate compliments of a Matt Kemp single and Jace Peterson double, before getting pinch hitter Lane Adams on a called strike three.
After both teams went quietly in the sixth and seventh, a rare occurrence for Mets relievers of late, NY bombarded the Braves bullpen for seven-runs, five of which occurred with two outs.
Michael Conforto batted around with a single and double, raising his average to .357 and T.J. Rivera joined his namesakes with three hits, continuing to be an offensive force with Lucas Duda on the DL.
And the most amazing stat of all is that the Mets did all of this offensive damage without hitting a home run.
Tomorrow in the finale of the four game series, Georgia native Zack Wheeler, coming off his impressive previous outing, will try to get the best of Braves starter Jaime Garcia, and give the Mets 3 of 4 in Atlanta.