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Mets Morning News: Mets finally beat Braves

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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets finally beat the Braves last night, ending a long nightmare that saw them lose four straight games to the National League cellar-dwellers.

It was a wild game that saw the Mets roar out to an 8-0 lead before Stephen Matz melted down in the fifth inning and gave up six runs. The bullpen held out however, and the Mets at long last picked up a win over Atlanta. Hallelujah!

The Mets take on the Braves again today at 4:15 PM at Turner Field.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News, ESPN, MLB.com, NJ.com, Bergen County Record, Newsday, NY Times, Faith and Fear in Flushing.

Terry Collins admitted the Mets have discussed how to use Jose Reyes with some of the other coaches on the team, assuming the team signs him.

The Mets are being patient with Michael Conforto because they don’t think Brandon Nimmo is ready for the majors and don’t view Alejandro De Aza as an upgrade.

Jeurys Familia set a Mets record by completing his 25th straight save to open the seaon.

Yoenis Cespedes’s ankle is said to be fine after he twisted it during Friday’s game.

The Cubs announced that their July 18 game against the Mets will now start an hour earlier, at 7:05 ET, to accommodate ESPN.

Around the NL East

The Phillies lost the Giants in San Francisco on "Prince Night."

The Nationals dropped their sixth-straight game, losing 5-3 to the Brewers. In good news for the Nats, Stephen Strasburg is expected to return to the rotation on Sunday after a missed start.

The Marlins fell to the Cubs after Mike Dunn gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh.

Around MLB

The Rockies and Diamondbacks somehow managed to play the longest nine-inning game in National League history on Friday, dragging things out over four hours and thirty minutes.

Pete Rose is being inducted into the Reds’ Hall-of-Fame this weekend.

In a scary moment, Umpire Paul Emmel took a bat to the head during the late-night Angels/A’s game on Thursday.

Umpire Jen Pawol called a rookie ball game yesterday, becoming the first woman to umpire in a professional-affiliated league since 2007.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa had draft profiles on Gene Cone, Colin Holderman, and Placido Torres.

Jason Mast delivered the good news that living-legend Bartolo Colon will make his next start.

Joe Sokolowski brought you "This Week in Mets Quotes."

Daniel Convery delivered the Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Today is Carlos Delgado’s birthday! Oh, and back in 1989 the Mets became the first National League team to record no assists in a game.