BET À DAY
The New York Mets got their streak off to a good start against their closest rivals in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves, winning 4-1 Monday at The Truist Park.
Before the start of hostilities, the hosts were only a game and a half behind the Mets and first in the division. This is therefore a crucial gain for the men of Buck Showalter, who will cross swords with the Atlanta team two more times by Wednesday.
Max Scherzer (6-1) played at the height of his talent to stifle the opposing strike force. He struck out nine batters and allowed just three hits and one earned run in seven innings on the mound.
The other hero of the game for the Big Apple team was Pete Alonso. One of the most dangerous hitters on the Manfred circuit drove in two runs in the victory. He hit a productive double in the third inning and allowed Brandon Nimmo to cross home plate on a groundout in the ninth.
For the Braves, Austin Riley continued his momentum by sending his 24th ball out of bounds since the start of the campaign. He had cut the Mets lead in half by then, but Luis Guillorme followed suit with a solo homer in the eighth inning.
Edwin Diaz gave the Braves no chance to create the Tied in the last moments of the game, he who passed the last three opposing batters in the mitt.
Keller muzzles the Marlins
In Miami, the Marlins struggled to demystify Gunner Mitch Keller's shots and lost 5-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The visitors, who have a lackluster 37-50 record, have had some good times recently. They've won six of their last 10 games.
Keller (3-6) was excellent in the game of the day, limiting the Marlins to one earned run and five hits in seven innings of work. Avisail Garcia's productive single in the sixth inning was the starting pitcher's only moment of weakness.
Yerry De Los Santos finished the job by striking out four of the five batters he faced , signing his second save of the season.
The Pirates were able to count on the offensive contribution of Kevin Newman and Jake Marisnick in the victory. The former had three hits, including a double run, while the latter sent Josh VanMeter home with his long ball in the ninth inning.
Trevor Rogers (4-8) added a loss on his record. He wasn't bad though, allowing two earned runs and six hits in five and a third innings.