Steven Matz pitched 7 2/3 innings and Lucas Duda hit two home runs to lead a four-homer barrage as the Mets shut out the Braves, 8-0, on Wednesday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Matz was dominant from the outset, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out eight to win his fourth straight start. During his winning streak, Matz has allowed two runs in 27 innings (0.67 ERA) with five walks and 29 strikeouts. He improved to 8-1 in his Major League career and 3-0 against the Braves.
- In addition to Duda's two homers, Rene Rivera and Asdrubal Cabrera both went deep for New York. It was Rivera's first home run since July 8, 2015 with Tampa Bay.
- Duda is hitting .296 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 15 games. His 60 home runs at Citi Field are the most by any player.
- The Mets have hit 40 home runs in their first 26 games, including 38 in their last 18.
- Every player in the starting lineup except Matz reached base safely. Yoenis Cespedes, Wilmer Flores and Duda had two hits apiece.
Lucas Duda's 1st Home Run:
- Terry Collins on Matz: "Tough day to pitch with the weather, yet he went out and did what he's been doing lately: Throwing strikes and using all of his stuff. You'll see. What he did today is how I think he'll pitch. Get on the mound and throw it. Don't think about taking the ball and throwing strikes."
- Rivera on catching Matz: "His stuff was great. His composure out there on the mound, his stuff did great. All the pitches worked ... It's awesome."
- Duda on the Mets' power: "We have a pretty deep lineup. One through eight all can hit a homer."
- Matz on his the run support: "It's definitely nice to get that run support. It's a lot of fun pitching in those games."
News and notes…
- The Mets finished 7-2 on their homestand and have won six straight series for the first time since 2006. They are 15-4 in their last 19 games.
- New York improved to 5-1 against Atlanta this year. They hit more home runs in this series (7) than Atlanta has hit all season (6).
- The Mets have allowed two runs or fewer in 14 of their 26 games. They have a 12-2 mark in those contests.
Lucas Duda's 2nd Home Run:
The Mets (17-9) hit the road to face the Padres (11-17) in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday at 10:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.02 ERA) goes for his fourth win against right-hander Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61 ERA).
Rene Rivera's Home Run: