The Mets got out to an early lead and Bartolo Colon backed it up with a gem on Monday night, leading the team to a 4-1 home victory.
Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz, making his season debut, was rudely re-welcomed to the majors after an 18-game stint in 2015.
The Mets' lineup exploded in the bottom of the first, cracking four straight hits—three of them home runs—for four runs that represented the team's offensive output for the day. After Curtis Granderson struck out to leadoff the game, David Wright sent a Foltynewicz offering packing to left-center. Yoenis Cespedes took a fastball to dead center after Michael Conforto singled through a shift. Lucas Duda followed with a solo shot of his own.
After a Neil Walker ground out, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and Kevin Plawecki was intentionally walked. Bartolo Colon struck out to end the threat.
The Mets connected for just three hits after that, going scoreless the rest of the way. But a four-run lead was enough thanks to Colon's stellar effort on the mound. The big man went eight scoreless, striking out seven and walking none. He surrendered six hits through the first three innings, but just one after that, retiring 12 straight at one point.
In the top of the ninth, Jeurys Familia gave up a leadoff double to Adonis Garcia, who eventually scored on Erick Aybar's two-out single. Kelly Johnson, who received his NL Championship ring before the game, hit a liner to left for the final out.
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