NEW YORK – What more is there to say? The New York Mets are HOT. Led by Curtis Granderson's four RBI performance and Jon Niese's strong 6.2 innings, the Mets won their ninth straight game Tuesday night defeating the Atlanta Braves 7-1.
In his most impressive start so far this season Jon Niese looked to be in control from the beginning, challenging the Braves' batters early and often. He never seemed out of his comfort zone even when runners were in scoring position.
Niese was even able to help his own cause out hitting a ground ball to the second baseman with the bases loaded, that was misplayed by Phil Gosselin, scoring the first run of the game and giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Just as they did on Sunday against the Marlins the Mets put up a crooked number in the bottom of an inning, this time being the bottom of the 5th.
Following the error on Gosselin that scored Eric Campbell, Curtis Granderson singled on a sharp line drive to right field that brought home two more runs. Juan Lagares then singled on a ball up the middle that scored Jon Niese and the Mets led 4-0.
Granderson was due for a big night and he came through. He had another RBI single in the 6th inning and also had a RBI ground-rule double in the bottom of the 8th that secured the Mets' 7-1 victory. Curtis finished the night going 3-5 with four RBIs.
The Braves' starter Trevor Cahil looked stronger than he did against Miami in his first start but still was unable to avoid the big inning, getting chased by the Mets after just 4.0 innings of work. He gave up four runs on five hits.
Niese's final line score was 6.2 innings, four hits, four walks, five strikeouts, and one earned run. The only earned run was a solo homer to Cameron Maybin in the top of the 7th inning.
The Mets' No. 2 prospect, catcher Kevin Plawecki, made his major league debut today going 2-4 with two runs scored in the game. He will remain New York's starter for as long as Travis d'Arnaud is on the disabled list recovering from his fractured hand after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday.
New York has now won nine straight games for the first time since 2008 and their 11-3 record is tied for the best start in franchise history. The last time the Mets started 11-3? 1986, the last year they won the World Series.
Mets and Braves will play their second game of the three-game series tomorrow night as Dillon Gee (0-1 7.59 ERA) takes the mound for New York against Eric Stults (0-1 6.30 ERA) and Atlanta.
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WP: Jon Niese (2-0 1.50 ERA) LP: Trevor Cahil (0-2 9.95 ERA)
ATL HR: Cameron Maybin (3)