The Mets beat the Braves in soggy Atlanta Thursday night, lowering their magic number to win the NL East to 16.
After a two and a half hour rain delay, the game was scoreless into the fourth when the Mets reached hard-luck pitcher Shelby Miller, who now has not won a game in 21 straight starts. With two outs Kevin Plawecki doubled home two runs to make it a 2-0 game. And then Bartolo Colon (!) singled to bring home Plawecki to make it 3-0.
The Mets opened the seventh with back-to-back walks, and with one out Juan Uribe singled to bring home a run to extend the lead to 4-0.
Speaking of extensions, Colon extended his scoreless streak to 31 innings before allowing a run with no outs in the seventh inning. That is tied for the third longest such streak in Mets history. In fact, Colon allowed two runs in the inning to cut the lead to 4-2.
Colon lasted 6.2 innings, allowing the two runs on seven hits. He upped his record to 14-11 and lowered his ERA to 4.13. It hasn’t been that low since after his start on May 15. Three weeks ago his ERA stood at an unsightly 4.90.
The Mets got one of the runs back in the eighth. Wilmer Flores led off with a single. Eric Young ran for him. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out. With the infield in, Plawecki hit a ground shot to second. Still, Young was able to score to make it 5-2.
Uribe doubled home two more runs in the ninth to put the game away.
Mets win 7-2, their fourth win in a row. With the Nationals off, the Mets now lead them by seven and a half games.