Bartolo Colon finally had his scoreless inning streak snapped, but pitched plenty effectively and drove in a run with a hit on his way to his team-leading 14th win of the year. Recent Braves Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson each had nice nights on their return to Turner Field, which was nearly empty after a deluge of rain delayed the start two hours and twenty minutes.
Colon added six more innings of zeros to his ledger before Atlanta finally got to him in the seventh. His 31 consecutive shutout innings marks the third longest streak in club history, behind the 32.2 inning streak R.A. Dickey put up in 2012. Tom Seaver and Doc Gooden also had 31 inning streaks. Tonight, Colon went for six-and-two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits, one walk and two earned runs while striking out two.
Battery mate Kevin Plawecki drove in three runs, including a two-run double which opened the scoring in a three-run fourth inning. Two pitches later, Colon ripped a single to center field to drive home his receiver.
Uribe responded to chants of his name from the sparse crowd in the ninth inning by rocking a two-run double to put the game to bed. It was his third hit of the night to go along with three RBI. Johnson had two hits including a double and a run scored, while Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4. Curtis Granderson walked twice and scored twice, while Lucas Duda reached base three times and scored once.
Dario Alvarez posted a clean sheet over one-and-a-third innings in relief in his second appearance this year, and Addison Reed allowed a couple of baserunners in the ninth but closed it out for the Mets' fourth straight road win.
On the Braves side of things, this was Shelby Miller's 21st consecutive start without a win, and the audience was estimated by onlookers to be about a thousand people. It was not clear whether the weather or the team's play kept customers away.
The Nationals had the night off, so the Mets now have a 7.5-game division lead. This four-game set in Atlanta continues Friday with Steven Matz matching up with a struggling Matt Wisler.
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