Posted by Craig Mitchell at 12:37 AM
Thursday night in Atlanta, Bartolo Colon was brilliant once again; the Mets win their 4th straight with a 7-2 win over the Braves. Colon set his scoreless inning streak at 31. He yielded a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th but the Braves were no match for him. The Mets took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 4th off Shelby Miller. Juan Uribe singled to center. With 2 out Kelly Johnson reached on an infield hit. Then Kevin Plawecki spelling Travis d’Arnaud hit a 2 run double in the gap right to make it 2-0. Colon came up and then singled, his 8th hit on the year driving in his 4th RBI and the Mets had the 3-0 lead. In the 7th Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes walked and Uribe blooped a single scoring Granderson to make it 4-0. In the bottom of the 7th Jace Peterson hit an RBI double scoring Nick Swisher from first ending Colon’s scoreless streak at 31 innings. Andrelton Simmons followed with an RBI single scoring Peterson and it was 4-2. In the top of the 8th, Plawecki drove in his 3rd run on the game when his fielder’s choice brought home pinch runner Eric Young Jr. from third. In the top of the 9th, Uribe had his 3rd hit on the game driving in Granderson and Lucas Duda with a double making it 7-2. Colon went 6 2/3 allowing 7 hits 2 runs (earned) walking 1 and striking out 2. Dario Alvarez got the final out in the 7th inning and pitched the 8th. Addison Reed pitched the 9th. Colon gets the win improving to 14-11, now leading the team in wins. His scoreless inning streak ends 1 2/3 innings shy of the Mets all-time mark by R.A. Dickey in 2012, but it does set an all-time record for a 42 year old pitcher. Miller takes the loss he’s now 5-14. The Mets had 10 hits on the night. Uribe led the way going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, Plawecki drove in 3 and Flores and Johnson had 2 hits apiece. With the win the Mets improve to 79-61 on the year. Now a season high 18 games over .500. Their once dismal road record improves to just three games under .500 to 34-37. The Nats were idle, so the Met lead in the NL east is now 7 ½ games, also a season high. Friday night it’s game two of the series. Steven Matz (2-0 1.89) goes for the Mets, Matt Wisler (5-6 5.81) goes for Atlanta.