Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Braves 1
April, 16, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: Maybe Ike Davis’ season-opening funk is behind him.
After an intentional walk to David Wright put runners on the corners with the score tied and two out in the sixth, Tommy Hanson threw five straight curveballs to Davis. The final offering ended up in the right-field seats for only the Mets’ third hit of the night -- and a three-run lead.
The Mets ultimately beat Atlanta 6-1 at Turner Field on Monday night.
Davis had been only 4-for-32 this season, including a two-hit performance Sunday against Cole Hamels, highlighted by his first homer since before last May’s season-ending ankle injury.
The Mets are now 4-0 against the Braves this season, including two victories against Hanson. Atlanta’s five-game winning streak, which included a weekend sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, was snapped.
Hanson, who lost to the Mets on Opening Day despite allowing only one run in five innings, surrendered only two hits before Davis’ long ball -- to Wright in the first inning, then a one-out double by Ruben Tejada in the sixth.
Wright (1-for-3, walk) became the first player in franchise history to reach base twice, via hit or walk, in each of his first seven games of a season. He is hitting .542.
GEE WHIZ: Dillon Gee limited Atlanta to one run and four hits while striking out five and walking one in a 97-pitch effort that spanned seven innings.
Gee had to work a little harder than expected in his final frame. After a leadoff single by Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward seemingly hit into a 1-6-3 double play. However, Josh Thole was called for catcher’s interference. Rather than two out, none on, it was two on, none out.
Gee responded by striking out Eric Hinske, then retiring Wilson at first base on a comebacker. With two out and two runners in scoring position, Gee struck out pinch hitter Juan Francisco to complete his outing.
Jon Rauch allowed his first hit in 6 2/3 innings as a Met, but nonetheless contributed a scoreless eighth.
WHAT’S NEXT: Johan Santana returns to the mound where he threw his final pitch before undergoing Sept. 14, 2010 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Santana (0-1, 0.90 ERA) opposes Braves right-hander Randall Delgado (1-0, 3.60). The Mets will be bidding to open a season series with the Braves with five straight wins for the first time since 1989.