Kelly Johnson's pinch-hit RBI double capped a four-run eighth inning as the Mets rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Braves, 6-4, for their sixth consecutive win on Friday night at Turner Field >> To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
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- The Mets were helped by a pair of walks and a big error by Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson. Yoenis Cespedes delivered a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and Curtis Granderson dropped a single into left that tied the game, 4-4. Johnson followed with his double to right and pinch-hitter Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the sixth run.
- Granderson went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a two-run homer to get the Mets on the board in the sixth. His 26th long ball matched his total from last season.
- The rally bailed out Robert Gsellman, who allowed only a Matt Kemp solo homer through four innings before unraveling in the fifth. The right-hander surrendered three two-out runs and was ultimately charged with four runs on seven hits and two walks with a career-high six strikeouts in five innings.
- After Jim Henderson allowed the first two batters to reach in the sixth, Josh Smoker bailed the Mets out of a first-and-third, no-out jam by getting a strikeout and a double play to keep the score at 4-2.
- Jeurys Familia allowed a double and a walk in the ninth but struck out a pair to record his Major League-leading 48th save.
Terry Collins on his club: "Right now some things are falling our way, there is no question about it. We played a lot of games this year where things weren't going our way. We'll take them as they are coming."
Johnson on the Mets' good play: "We're playing good baseball. I think it started with the pitching. We've had some guys step in and pick us up. ... And when that happens, as long as we're healthy, the lineup is too good to sit still. Plus, guys have been hot at the right time."
Granderson on his homer binge: "Just a little bit of luck, basically. Sometimes you happen to connect on some balls squarely and they get a chance to drive out of the ballpark. Sometimes you don't. Right now, they happen to be going out of the ballpark."
News and notes…
- The Mets' six-game winning streak is their longest since they won eight straight from April 22-30. New York has matched their season-high at nine games over .500.
- Granderson homered for the fourth straight game and for the sixth time in his last nine overall. He's batting .357 (10-for-28) in that span with six homers, 13 RBIs, 11 runs scored and six walks.
- Braves starter Julio Teheran's 29-inning scoreless streak against the Mets ended in the sixth on Granderson's two-run homer.
- Familia has allowed one earned run in 17 2/3 innings with two walks and 23 strikeouts in 18 appearances since Aug. 1.
The Mets (75-66) will go for their sixth straight series win and a seventh consecutive victory as they face the Braves (54-87) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on PIX11.
Bartolo Colon (13-7, 3.22 ERA) takes the ball for New York looking for his fourth consecutive victory.
Braves rookie John Gant (1-3, 4.70) ERA), who was traded from New York to Atlanta last season, goes for his second win of the year. He defeated the Mets for his only career victory on June 17, allowing one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings at Citi Field.