The Mets set a team record tonight by getting 10 hits in the fourth inning, scoring eight runs in the process in the first of a three-game series at Citi Field against the Braves. They sent 14 men to the plate starting with Angel Pagan at the top of the order.
The Mets had seven singles, two doubles and a stolen base in that inning alone. Gary Sheffield hit two doubles, the first time a Met had extra-base hits since Jeromy Burnitz in 2003. Even Oliver Perez got in on the action. The only player not to get a hit was Daniel Murphy, who grounded out and struck out. It must feel pretty bad when everyone, even the pitcher, gets a hit and you don’t.
That blowout of an inning chased Braves’ starter Derek Lowe from the game. Lowe had been so good against the Mets in the past, but he almost erased all of that with tonight’s performance.
The Mets would tack on another run in the seventh inning. Jeff Francoeur hit a double and Fernando Tatis singled, moving Francoeur to third. Omir Santos grounded out to Chipper Jones, but Francoeur scored after Jones threw the ball into the back of his head while trying to throw Francoeur out at home.
Five Mets had multiple-hit nights, with Francoeur, Sheffield and Luis Castillo getting three apiece. The Mets combined for 17 hits and just one walk.
Perez wasn’t great, allowing two home runs and putting the Mets in a 4-0 hole after three innings, but he did keep his walks down to just one in five innings. He only threw 78 pitches, but Jerry Manuel and Dan Warthen must’ve thought that was enough. Perez did get his third win of the year, his first since July 8.
Bobby Parnell makes his third start Wednesday and tries to build on his six shutout innings in his last outing. He’ll have a tall order as he’ll oppose the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens.