Kelly Johnson's pinch-hit solo homer in the top of the 11th off ex-Met Dario Alvarez helped New York edge past Atlanta, 1-0, on Saturday night at Turner Field.
In case you missed it…
- Johnson's home run was his second since he was re-acquired by the Mets on June 8.
- Despite striking out six over a season-high eight shutout innings, Jacob deGrom saw his winless streak reach 10 consecutive starts. The right-hander has not won since defeating the Giants back on April 30, going 0-4 with six no-decisions despite a 3.13 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.
- Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a walk and is hitting .364 (21-for-56) with three homers and seven RBIs in his last 15 games.
- Jeurys Familia put two runners on in the bottom of the 11th (one intentionally) but induced Nick Markakis to ground into a game-ending double play to secure his Major League-leading 26th save. He's unscored upon in his last nine appearances.
- Julio Teheran tossed eight scoreless innings and has not allowed a run to the Mets in his last three starts and 24 frames dating back to last season.
To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
Rob Brender: KJ comes through in the clutch. What a huge hit. He's had a few of these types of moments in his two stints with the club. Maybe he's the good luck charm. After looking pretty lifeless playing for the Braves most of the season he appears invigorated since returning to New York. With that pinch-hit wall scraper, he's betting .310 with four extra-base hits.
That was the only run the Mets would need thanks to eight innings of solid work from Jacob deGrom and quality performances from the pen. It's still not the electric stuff we've seen from deGrom in the past but he got the job done. It sure would be nice if the offense could give him a couple of runs a game.
So, for all the frustration after being swept by the Braves last weekend in New York, the Mets are now just two games behind the Nats for the NL East lead. Washington has lost seven in a row and can't seem to get out of their own way on their long road trip.
I hate to talk about anything negative after a win but the lack of hustle from Alejandro De Aza on his bunt attempt in the ninth inning was pitiful. It's one thing to fail at the bunt attempt but to not run and allow Atlanta to turn the double play was tough to watch.
Anyway, it wasn't a pretty win but it doesn't have to be. Get another win tomorrow and head to DC ready to play the Nationals with the division lead on the line. To follow Rob on Twitter, click here.
Johnson on homering against Atlanta and the Mets' offense: "Any time you are playing against a former team, you come in here and have a little extra pep in your step. … "Everyone knows about our pitching. You want to go out and score runs and give them just the confidence to go out there and throw their game and not have to worry about that kind of thing. Right now, there's been a lot of those stretches where runs are hard to come by. Obviously they're picking us up in a big way. Hopefully we can help support them a little better going forward. For the time, it's good to grind out some wins, too. You learn a little bit about yourself."
Terry Collins on deGrom: "I think deGrom is starting to come into shape a little bit better. We've got to hang in there so when we come out of the [All-Star] break, our pitching staff is ready to roll."
deGrom on the lack of run support: "My goal is to go out there and put up zeroes and keep us in the ballgame. And so I think that makes it easy for me. … [Teheran] is having a great year, and watching what he does out there is impressive. I was just glad I kept it 0-0 and we had a chance to get to the pen, and Kelly came up big for us."
News and notes…
- The Mets have won nine of their last 10 games at Turner Field and four of five overall to pull within two games of Washington in the National League East.
- New York improved to 16-14 (.533) against the N.L. East in 2016. Last season, the Mets went 47-29 (.618) within their division.
- New York improved to 16-10 in one-run games and 3-2 in extra innings.
- The Mets have scored just three runs in deGrom's last five starts. They were shut out in his previous two outings.
- Michael Conforto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. The 24-year-old had hit just .148/.217/.303 with six home runs, 12 RBIs and 48 strikeouts in 157 plate appearances since May 1. Brandon Nimmo was promoted to the Mets from Triple-A after hitting .328/.409/.508 with five homers and 37 RBIs in 63 games for the 51s.
The Mets (40-33) will go for the series win over the Braves (25-49) from Turner Field on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET on PIX11. After being forced from his last start after just four pitches, Bartolo Colon (6-3, 3.00 ERA) will start the series finale for New York. Atlanta will counter with right-hander Bud Norris (2-7, 4.69 ERA), who has a 2.82 ERA in four starts since rejoining the Braves' rotation.