Mets keep surging as they defeat Braves for ninth straight win
Cahill, who had retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced, allowed the hosts to produce six straight baserunners to begin the bottom of the fifth.
Granderson's two-run single keyed the fifth-inning uprising that was aided by second baseman Phil Gosselin's inability to record an out on Niese's potential double-play grounder. The error, just the second committed by the Braves all season, doomed Cahill, who began the fifth by issuring a six-pitch walk to Eric Campbell.
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Deflating fifth: Since the Braves opted to gamble by acquiring Cahill from the D-backs on March 31, the veteran right-hander had made just one start, last week's 2 1/3-inning losing effort against the Marlins. Before Tuesday, he had not worked into the fifth inning since completing five innings during a Minor League Spring Training game played on April 5.
Plawecki performs well: Making his major league debut, the Mets' No. 2 prospect collected two hits and scored twice. Plawecki singled in the fifth and eighth, both times scoring on RBI hits by Granderson. Plawecki also threw out Andrelton Simmons attempting to advance to second base on a ball in the dirt in the sixth.
Curtis comes through: After entering the game hitting .146 and mired in a 1-for-16 slump, Granderson's sharp grounder to right in the fifth gave him his first two RBIs of the season. Mets manager Terry Collins has stuck with Granderson in the leadoff spot because of the veteran's ability to get on base and because he's hit into some tough early season luck. Granderson finished with four RBIs after adding a run-scoring single in the sixth and RBI double in the eighth.
Freeman's freeze: Freddie Freeman entered Tuesday having hit .359 with a .976 OPS over the past two seasons at Citi Field. But Atlanta's latest "Mets Killer" struck out three times in this series opener. The All-Star first baseman grounded out with runners at first and second to end the top of the fifth and stranded two more runners when he struck out against lefty specialist Alex Torres to end the top of the seventh.
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Niese has now allowed three earned runs or less in 33 of his last 36 starts. Meanwhile, Cahill has gone winless in his past 10 starts and has recorded just two wins in his past 20 starts.
Plawecki became the sixth Mets player to collect two hits and score two runs in his debut. Carlos Gomez last did it in 2007.
Maybin's seventh-inning home run was ruled a double until a 1:17 replay review showed that his long drive bounced off the orange outfield wall padding and made contact with the metal railing beyond the wall.
Braves: The Braves will attempt to get back on track when they resume this three-game set against the Mets on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Eric Stults will be looking to be slighltly better than he was during his April 10 season debut, during which he proved perfect through three innings and then allowed the Mets three runs in the fourth.
Mets: Dillon Gee starts for New York with some added pressure as the Mets continue to prepare Rafael Montero for a trial stint in the rotation. Gee will get at least one more start before Montero pitches April 28 at Miami. Gee has struggled so far to the tune of a 7.59 ERA through two starts.
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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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