The Mets continued their recent winning ways on Monday against the MLB-best Braves. Buck Showaler’s squad broke out the big lumper in Atlanta with a 10-4 series-opening win.
DJ Stewart opened up the scoring in the second with a solo homer and Francisco Lindor delivered the knockout blow with a three-run shot in the sixth to give the Amazins all they needed for their seventh out of their last nine contests.
Jeff McNeil, Daniel Vogelbach, Pete Alonso and Stewart all registered RBI’s in the sixth as the Mets rallied off of Braves’ starter Allan Winans.
The swinging Mets scored three runs in the second, four in the fifth and three sixth to keep the Braves out of the ballgame after they roughed up left-hander David Peterson.
The southpaw surrendered four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings of work. Peterson allowed two solo homers to Marcell Ozuna — one that gave the Braves the lead in the fourth — coughing up an early 3-0 lead.
Showalter had to rely heavily on his stable after receiving hardly any length from his starter. Phil Bickford, Sam Coonrod, Adam Ottavino and Drew Smith all had to carry the load to get the final outs necessary with a comfortable six-run lead.
Tylor Megill will take the ball for the Amazins on Tuesday as the Mets will look to secure another series victory. Bryce Elder (3.46 ERA) will take the mound for Brian Snitker.