Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets flipped the switched and reversed their late-inning fortunes. And it was definitely worth it as Dillon Gee was tremendous in a pitchers’ duel between he and Jair Jurrjens. Neither allowed a run until the seventh inning — and the opposing starter was the one who did, as the Mets put five on the board to essentially take all the life out of the Braves in this one, en route to a 5-0 victory.
Gee’s record improved to 6-0 on the season and the Mets stayed unbeaten in every single game he’s started this year. He was simply excellent. Never overpowering, but always in control and able to wiggle out of any trouble he faced. Gee threw seven innings and allowed just four hits and two walks and struckout two. Gee is now 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA in his 13 career major league starts.
The Mets broke out in the seventh inning with one out when Jason Bay reached safely on an Alex Gonzalez error. Josh Thole doubled and Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch, and Jason Pridie was sent to bat for Dillon Gee and dropped a single into right field. Jurrjens was then taken out and replaced with Scott Proctor. With the bases loaded, Reyes socked a ball into right field, for his major league-leading 10th triple of the season, clearing the bases. Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing home Reyes, and the 0-0 tie became a 5-0 Mets heading into the eighth inning.
Even better news was that the bullpen did its job — Pedro Beato for 1 1/3 innings and Tim Byrdak for two batters.