The Mets were firing on all cylinders Tuesday night (well, except for the bullpen) — superb starting pitching and a surprisingly potent offense as the Mets beat the Braves in what might have been one of their best games of the season.
Curtis Granderson led off the game for the Mets with a home run. His second homer in two nights gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
They built on that in the second. Jacob deGrom singled with one out and with two outs Granderson singled to put runners on first and second. Daniel Murphy doubled to score both of them to make it 3-0. David Wright followed with a single to plate Murphy to make it 4-0.
The Mets tacked on another run in the third. With Travis d’Arnaud on third with two outs, Eric Young singled to extend the lead to 5-0.
By the end of the third inning every Met already had a hit. Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed five runs and 11 hits in his 3.1 innings of work.
Doubles by Murphy and Lucas Duda in the sixth made it a 6-0 game.
deGrom threw seven shutout innings. He struck out 11 Braves and did not walk a batter. He upped his record to 2-5 and lowered his ERA to 3.38.
Pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to right to drive in d’Arnaud from third to make it 7-0.
The Braves finally got on the board with a run in the eighth against the Mets bullpen, but the Mets got it back in the bottom of the eighth.
The Braves added two meaningless runs in the ninth.
The Mets pounded out a season high (and an all-time Citi Field high for the Mets) 18 hits as they beat the Braves 8-3 — their second straight win over the division leaders.