The Mets bats are coming alive. They beat the Braves 16-5 Wednesday night — they have scored 30 runs in the first three games of this series.
Once again, the Mets jumped out to an early lead. Michael Conforto led off the game with a double against Bartolo Colon. He scored on an Asdrubal Cabrera double. And he would score on a Neil Walker double to make it 2-0. With runners on second and third and one out, Walker got doubled off second when he forgot how many outs there were.
With runners on first and second with one out in the third, Curtis Granderson doubled to make it 3-0. Singles by Jose Reyes and Rene Rivera made it a 5-0 game. But after T.J. Rivera flied out, Reyes was absent mindedly caught wandering off second to end the inning. A second case of veterans making dumb mistakes that could have cost the Mets runs.
And it looked like those mental errors might be very costly because the Braves were able to cobble together a run in the third and two in the fourth to cut the Mets lead to 5-3.
But the Mets answered back in the fifth after Colon was given an early shower. With runners on second and third with one out, Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3. Rene Rivera reached on an infield single to plate another run. And singled to score two more to give the Mets a 9-3 lead.
But runs are easy to come by at SunTrust Park, apparently. A two-run double by Jace Peterson in the fifth reduced the Mets lead to 9-5.
deGrom was done after five innings and 109 pitches. He allowed five runs on eight hits. He struck out five and walked five. Lots of fives.
The Mets put the game out of reach in the eighth. Reyes hit a bases loaded double that cleared the bases to extend the lead to 12-5. Rene Rivera drove him in to make it 13-5. T.J Rivera doubled to put runners on second and third. Juan Lagares singled home one run and then Conforto doubled in two more to make it a 16-5 game.
And that was the final score, as they bang out 20 hits (and no homers, oddly enough).