The Mets defeated the Braves 8-0 Wednesday on a soggy afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets' offense, which was held to one hit against Matt Wisler on Tuesday night, exploded against starter Jhoulys Chacin on Wednesday afternoon.
Chacin had not given up a home run all year until backup catcher Rene Rivera hit a two-run shot off of him in the second. In the third, both Asdrubal Cabrera and Lucas Duda hit their own two-run home runs off Chacin, and Duda tacked on a solo home run in the fifth.
It's been a struggle for Wilmer Flores at the plate so far this season, but on Wednesday, he drove in the Mets' eighth and final run with a double in the fifth.
One day after the Mets were held to one hit, Steven Matz had his own one-hitter working until he gave up a hit to Erick Aybar in the eighth. The young lefty finished the day pitching seven-and two-thirds scoreless innings and with eight strikeouts.
Matz helped himself with his defense in the sixth by making a spinning throw to get the speedy Mallex Smith at first.
The Braves' Freddie Freeman flashed some leather as well, when he robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a hit in the fifth.
After Matz was out of the game, Jim Henderson retired the only batter he faced and Addison Reed struck out three in the ninth to nail down the victory.
After the game, manager Terry Collins talked about Matz's strong outing and how Duda's offense can carry the team.