Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:07 PM
Saturday night at Turner Field, the Mets scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning breaking a 4 all tie. The Mets win their 5th straight with a 6-4 win over the Braves. Noah Syndergaard dominated the Braves for 7 innings, even though Atlanta got to him early. The Braves took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off Thor. Nick Markakis singled and wound up on 3rd thanks to a ground out and a wild pitch. Freddie Freeman brought him home with an RBI single. The Mets took the lead in the 4th. Daniel Murphy doubled and David Wright followed with an RBI single. Michael Conforto singled. With 1st and 3rd Wright came home with the 2nd run on a wild pitch by Williams Perez. In the 6th Murphy doubled to deep center. Conforto walked and Travis d’Arnaud followed with an RBI single to right to make it 3-1. In the 8th, Yoenis Cespedes did it once again, hitting a solo homer, his 16th as a Met and 34th on the year, for Cespedes his 16th homer in 29 games. Clippard relieved Syndergaard in the 8th and ran into trouble as he gave up a 3 run pinch hit homer to Adonis Garcia, his 8th on the year to tie the game at 4. In the top of the 9th d’Arnaud doubled his 3rd hit of the game. The next batter Kelly Johnson singled to right scoring EY, who pinch ran for the Met catcher, and the Mets had a 5-4 lead. Cespedes came up with the bases loaded and hit a squib to short, but Andrelton Simmons throw home failed to beat Johnson and the Mets had their 2nd run of the inning and it was 6-4. Syndergaard gets the no-decision but was untouchable after the first inning going 7 allowing just 2 hits the 1 run (earned) walking 1 and striking out 8. Clippard gets the win improving to 3-1 as a Met and 4-4 overall. Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th notching his 40th save. Arodys Vizcaino takes the loss falling to 2-1. d’Arnaud led the way going 3 for 4 with an RBI, Murph when 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. With the win the Mets improve to a season high 20 games over .500. They are 81-61 overall and climb to 1 game under .500 on the road with a 36-37 mark. The Marlins beat the Nationals on Saturday Night…the Met lead in the NL East is now 9 ½ games. Sunday afternoon the Mets look for the sweep of this 4 game set. Jonathon Niese (8-10 4.36) goes for the Mets, Ryan Weber (0-1 3.00) goes for Atlanta.