NEW YORK -- Finally, they got to four.
After going almost a full year without a four-game winning streak (and failing nine times after getting to three straight wins), the New York Mets won their fourth straight by beating the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Dillon Gee made a successful and impressive return from the disabled list, pitching into the eighth inning and allowing just one run on six hits. Gee looked as sharp as he did before he got hurt (he missed two months with a strained lat), needing just 49 pitches to get through the first five innings.
Beating the best: The Mets clinched the series win over the Braves, their first series win over a team with a winning record since they took two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final days of May.
Black out in the eighth: With manager Terry Collins determining that Jeurys Familia needed a night off, it was Vic Black who was called on with the tying run at the plate and nobody out in the eighth inning. Black narrowly missed getting the first batter he faced to hit into a double play. He followed by striking out B.J. Upton and getting Andrelton Simmons on a fly ball to the warning track in left field.
Left, left, left: Hoping to take advantage of Braves starter Ervin Santana's dramatic left-right splits, Collins wrote out a lineup with five left-handed hitters Wednesday. The extra lefties in the lineup helped. Daniel Murphy doubled with one out in the first, and then scored the Mets' first run on a two-out Lucas Duda single. And Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the sacrifice fly that put the Mets ahead in the seventh.
The Mets' right-handed hitters had only two hits off Santana, but they were a big one. David Wright doubled to start the seventh, and eventually scored on the Nieuwenhuis sacrifice fly. Travis d'Arnaud followed with a two-run home run.
The d'Arnaud revival: D'Arnaud has now hit more home runs and driven in more runs in 13 games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas than he did in 39 games before his demotion. The numbers: two homers, nine RBI pre-Vegas; three homers, 10 RBIs post-Vegas.
Replay! Replay! For the second time in this series, Collins got a call overturned via replay. This one wasn't controversial, as the video replay clearly showed that B.J. Upton should have been called out on his first-inning stolen base attempt. It was the eighth time in 18 attempts that Collins has successfully used replay to overturn a call. And it was the fourth time in five attempts he has done it against the Braves.
What's next: The Mets and Braves close out their four-game series with a 7:10 p.m. ET game on Thursday night at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04) starts for the Mets, with right-hander Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67) going for the Braves.