Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:46 PM
Friday night in Atlanta, Yoenis Cespedes remained scorching hot with 3 hits, a homer and 3 RBI as the Mets behind Steven Matz won their 5th straight as they bested the Braves 5-1. Matz didn’t have his great stuff…but he held the Braves off for 5 innings. In the Meantime the Mets took the lead off Matt Wisler in the top of the 3rd inning. Curtis Granderson walked and the ever hot Yoenis Cespedes hit a screaming liner over the head of Michael Bourn in right center for a double to make it 1-0. In the 5th Curtis Granderson singled, Cespedes singled. They advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a grounder by Daniel Murphy. Then a balk by Wisler, brought home Granderson and the Mets led 2-0. In the bottom of the 5th Matz gave up his only run as Daniel Castro hit a solo homer, his 1st on the year and it was 2-1. Matz left after 5. In the top of the 8th with 2 out Michael Cuddyer had a pinch hit single. EY ran for Cuddyer. Ruben Tejada singled to make it 1st and 3rd. Christian Bethancourt was then charged with a passed ball that brought home Young and a 3-1 lead. In the 9th Cespedes put an exclamation point on the night demolishing a titanic 2 run homer, his 15th as a Mets and 33rd on the year to cap the scoring. Cespedes went 3 for 5 with a single, double homer and 3 RBI, Murphy and Michael Conforto had 2 hits apiece as the Mets churned out 11 hits. Matz improves to 3-0 on the year going 5 innings allowing 6 hits the 1 run (earned) walking 2 and striking out 2. Erik Goeddel pitched the scoreless 6th; Addison Reed struck out the side in the 7th and Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless 8th. Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th in a non-save situation. Wisler takes the loss, falling to 5-7. With the win the Mets improve to a season high 19 games over .500 at 80-61. They are also now just 2 games under .500 on the road at 35-37. The Marlins beat the Nationals on Friday, so the Mets now lead the NL East by 8 ½ games. Saturday night it’s game 3 of the series. Noah Syndergaard (8-6 3.31) goes for the Mets, Williams Perez (5-6 5.42) goes for the Braves.