Jacob deGrom was fantastic on the way to his 15th win in the Mets’ 7-3 victory over R.A. Dickey and the Braves.
Dickey and deGrom had opposite fortunes in the first inning. Dickey breezed through the first three Met batters, whereas deGrom faced a first and third with one out situation in the bottom of the inning. deGrom worked out of trouble without giving up a run, and after that Houdini act the Mets seized control of the game.
Gavin Ceechini had a great day at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. He and Juan Lagares put the Mets on the board in the second, and three straight doubles by the top of the order in third doubled the lead to make it 4-0. Dominic Smith continued his raging September and blasted a double to bring home another two runs to cap the Mets’ scoring in the seventh.
With the comfortable lead, deGrom went into cruise control and did not give Atlanta much to work with. He struck out seven and allowed just five hits and two walks in seven innings of work. Freddie Freeman is still Freddie Freeman and hit a solo shot off the ace, and deGrom got a bit unlucky when a ground ball hit the the second base bag for a hit. That sparked a two-out rally by the Braves in the seventh, but with two-on and two-out, deGrom ended his night with a flourish when Matt Adams swung through a 97 mph fastball to end the threat.
Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless eighth, but the well-rested AJ Ramos was a little shaky and gave up a couple of runs. He was finally able to shut the door and got deGrom the well-earned victory.
Full recap to follow.
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