Friday, September 16, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 12, Braves 2
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: If it were this easy, Terry Collins would explode more often. A day after the manager publicly ripped into his team’s execution and then reworked the lineup, David Wright homered twice and produced five RBIs as the Mets trounced the Braves, 12-2.
The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak and moved back into a third-place tie with Washington, while Atlanta’s wild-card lead got more tenuous. St. Louis won at Philadelphia in 11 innings to pull within 3.5 games of the Braves.
Wright produced his second two-homer game of the season -- the other coming on April 24 against Arizona. His 17 career multi-homer games matches Mike Piazza and Carlos Beltran for second-most in franchise history. Darryl Strawberry has the top spot with 22.
Wright’s two homers matched his total from his previous 40 games against the Braves, according to STATS. He had only 10 RBIs against Atlanta during that span.
The Mets produced 20 hits, matching a season high (also on June 29 at Detroit). The 12 runs scored by the Mets are their most ever at Turner Field, which opened for baseball in 1997.
IT’S A REACH: Jason Bay took away Alex Gonzalez’s would-be homer to end the fourth inning. The catch, with the ball precariously in the end of Bay’s glove as he brought it back over the left-field fence, was a replication of Endy Chavez’s grab in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.
LOWE POINT: Braves starter Derek Lowe lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his shortest start in exactly two years -- since he departed after two innings on Sept. 16, 2009 due to a blister, also against the Mets.
The Mets tattooed Lowe for six runs, more scoring than the Amazin’s produced in the just-completed four-game sweep by the Nationals at Citi Field (five runs).
A four-run first inning included a two-run homer by Wright. Lowe was chased after four straight one-out singles in the third, the final a two-run single by Josh Thole.
That four-single streak included Bay snapping an 0-for-17 career rut against Lowe.
REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a walk and is hitting .334. Reyes also attempted only his second steal (both successful) since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 29. Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with two homers in Milwaukee’s win at Cincinnati to join the 30/30 club. He is hitting .330.
WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey (8-12, 3.43 ERA) opposes right-hander Tim Hudson (14-10, 3.32) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Styx performs postgame.