It was bizarro night, as the Mets came through with runners on base, while the Braves couldn’t buy a hit with runners in scoring position. Combined with excellent starting pitching by David Peterson, the Mets emerged with a 7-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night.
In the second inning, the Braves had runners on second and third and no outs and didn’t score.
In the seventh inning, they had bases loaded with one out and did not score.
In the ninth inning they had runners on second and third with one out and came up empty.
In the last two threats, Freddie Freeman came to the plate. He hit into an inning-ending double play in the seventh and he struck out in the ninth to end the game. Freeman finished 0-5 with 4 Ks.
Meanwhile, Peterson gave just what the doctor ordered. After three straight starts where the Mets had to go to the bullpen by the third inning, Peterson gave the team six innings and allowed just one run. He also set a career-high with 10 Ks as he out-dueled fellow former first-round pick Ian Anderson.
The Mets loaded the bases in the first inning and cashed in two runs when Robinson Cano dribbled a single to the opposite field. In the fourth inning, Robinson Chirinos smacked an RBI double and in the eighth Brandon Nimmo drove in two runs with a single to right.
But the Mets also brought the longball on Saturday. Dominic Smith and Cano each homered in the eighth inning after the Braves had cut the lead to one run in the top of the frame.