After they almost came back from an eight-pass deficit on Friday night, the Mets made it much easier to start their double game on Saturday.
Of course, it helps when Francisco Lindor and David Peterson have the games they did.
The Mets took the lead in the first inning, steadily increased their results and got a strong start from Peterson, winning 8-5 over Braves in the first game of the twin bill at Citi Field.
Lindor fueled the attack, continuing to swing his hot stick making 3 for 4 with three RBI points and two points. Shortstop, who also had another beautiful day with his glove, extended his streak on a basis to 13 games while hitting .328 out of .968 OPS in 31 games since early July.
“It’s like looking for gold,” said Buck Showalter’s manager. – You take a piece of gold and put it there. You take a stone, put it here, and sift a little more. When you get enough nuggets you can play in October. Lindor is a nugget.
Lindor’s big game sparked a squad that picked up 13 hits and came out 7 out of 14 with the runners in the shooting position.
That was ample support for Peterson and the four Mets ad hoc men. On the day the bullpen was short, Peterson was working early in the move to ensure 5 ¹ / ₃ innings without scoring – earning a standing ovation as he stepped off the mound in the sixth round. His reward was a return to Triple-A Syracuse after the game so the Mets could summon a new hand for a glass at bedtime.
Despite leading 8-2 going ninth, the Mets were forced to bring in Edwin Diaz with two strikers and one knockout after the Braves ended up 8-4 against Yoan Lopez. But Diaz only needed seven pitches to defend his 25th defense.
After the win, the Mets (68-39) improved to 30-9 from a loss and regained a 4¹ / ₂-game advantage over Braves (64-44) at the top of the NL East, heading for the night cup.
“The most important thing is that we win the games,” said Lindor. “Who’s on the other side doesn’t matter. You have to go out there and do it.
After Peterson got jammed with bases on top of the first, the Mets took advantage of Braves take over Jake Odorizzi, who was taken over on time in the lower half of the round, for a 2-0 lead.
Starling Marte kicked off the rally when he removed a fast ball from his left forearm at 93mph, although he remained in the game. Lindor, Pete Alonso and Daniel Vogelbach followed with three more singles, all of which were on the run, giving Mets an edge.
Lindor led the third inning with one and later finished second following Odorizzi’s erroneous pick-off attempt with two outs. Jeff McNeil then ordered Odorizzi to pay by putting one to the right to make 3-0.
In his sixth inning, Lindor got a few inches closer to the homer in three runs, but his ball bounced off the wall at a standstill, leaving him content with a double double and a 5-0 lead.
Braves finally pushed a couple of runs in the seventh round with Seth Lugo and Adam Ottavino, but the Mets returned to the bottom of the frame with a response. James McCann and Starling Marte joined for RBI singles before Lindor ran into a victim to put the Mets at 8-2.
“We’re talking about grinding bats, and we want to be that famous,” said Lindor. “The team that grinds throws behind itself and won’t give up no matter the score.”