Pete Alonso had a career-high six RBIs, three of which came on a monster homer in the first inning, leading the Mets to a 10-8 win over the Braves Thursday night. The win broke a three-game losing streak and salvaged the final game of the three versus Atlanta.
Julio Teheran, who entered the game with a lifetime 2.68 ERA against the Mets in 168 IP, served up hits to the first four batters he faced, including the homer to Alonso, which landed in the pool high above center field. The Mets tacked on three more runs in the second, knocking Teheran out of the game.
Alonso and Amed Rosario each finished with five hits. Wilson Ramos had four hits and Juan Lagares had three. Todd Frazier had just one hit but it was a home run. In all, the Mets tallied 23 hits on the night.
Marcus Stroman was the recipient of the big offensive output. He was not particularly effective – he allowed four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings – but the Mets are 3-0 in games he starts. Stroman came here with the reputation of keeping the ball in the park, but he allowed 2 HR in this game. The Mets need to get both better quality and quantity from Stroman moving forward.
The Mets closed out the game using four different relievers. Brad Brach had his third straight scoreless appearance for New York, giving some hope that he can be an effective member of the pen the rest of the season. Drew Gagnon served up 4 HR in 1.2 IP, which hopefully eliminates any thoughts that he’s worth having on the MLB roster. Gagnon was so bad, the Mets had to bring in Edwin Diaz to get the final out. Of course Diaz walked the first guy he faced, giving all of us a panic attack. But he got a strikeout to end the game.