ATLANTA -- While backing Jacob deGrom's shaky start at the expense of their old friend, Bartolo Colon, on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park, the Mets received a career-high-tying five RBIs from Jose Reyes and guaranteed themselves a winning road trip with a 16-5 victory over the Braves.
The Mets recorded nine doubles, including three before the game's first out was recorded, and improved to 4-2 on this seven-game road trip, despite the Braves tagging deGrom for a season-high five earned runs in just five innings. The slumping Curtis Granderson recorded doubles in a three-run third inning vs. Colon and a four-run fifth that was constructed against Braves long reliever Josh Collmenter.
All told, a Mets team that ranked last in the Majors in batting average with runners in scoring position last year went 12-for-20 in that category Wednesday while notching 20 total hits. The Mets are hitting .321 with runners in scoring position this season.
"We have a good offensive team," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "You knew at some time we were going to start getting hits."
Though the Braves tallied two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, they were never able to overcome the damage incurred by Collmenter and Colon, who retired just 10 of the 21 batters he faced and allowed five earned runs over four innings. The 43-year-old hurler allowed five earned runs or more while completing four innings or fewer just four times in 95 starts for the Mets from 2014-16. But he's now done so in two of his past five starts.
"I really didn't try anything special or different," Colon said. "I just took my similar approach I usually do with all my starts. This is a team that is familiar with me. They came out and were aggressive against me. That's why they were able to hit me early."
Colon was removed in the bottom of the fourth, when pinch-hitter Emilio Bonifacio delivered a two-out, two-run triple off deGrom to make it a 5-3 game.
"I think those runs we gave up in the fifth were the ones that hurt the most," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We were climbing back into it and scoring some runs off a really tough pitcher. I was like, 'OK, we're going to be all right.' But you've got to throw up some zeros to give yourself a chance to come back from it. We just weren't able to do it."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Quick start:Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker all doubled in the first as the Mets scored twice. Colon encountered more trouble in the third inning after hitting Cabrera in the leg and walking Walker. Granderson, who entered hitting just .122, capitalized on the opportunity with a double that served as the first of three consecutive one-out hits registered by the Mets, who ended up matching the season-high 20 hits they recorded against the Phillies on April 11.
"Guys did really good jobs of just putting themselves in position to get on base, doing what we like to call 'creating traffic,' guys on the basepaths," Granderson said. "Anyone at any time in this lineup has the ability to drive those guys in." More >
Icing on the cake: The Mets owned a 9-5 lead before constructing a seven-run eighth inning against Eric O'Flaherty and Matt Wisler. Reyes, who entered the game hitting .172 with five RBIs, reached five RBIs in the game courtesy of a bases-clearing double off O'Flaherty. The Braves' bullpen allowed 11 earned runs over five innings.
"That's a good feeling for the team," Reyes said. "We were hitting very good as a team with men in scoring position, so that's what we want. Hopefully, we can continue to play like this."
"I guess I have to do something good when I go out there and stink on the mound." -- deGrom, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a two-run single
"We put ourselves in a hole early, and against that kind of pitcher, I thought we did pretty well battling to get back. We put ourselves in position to get back in the game late and then it kind of got out of hand. Stuff like that happens. We move on and look to tomorrow." -- Braves right fielder Nick Markakis
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Reyes' five RBIs tied a career high that he set in his sixth career game, on June 15, 2003. He went nearly 14 years between five-RBI games.
REED FOR THE SEVENTH
Television cameras caught setup man Addison Reed upset in the dugout, deep in a discussion with Collins after the Mets' manager brought him in to face the Braves' 4-5-6 hitters in the seventh inning -- not his usual eighth. Collins said he wanted to explain to Reed why he used him in that spot, while Reed said he was simply upset at some of the pitches he made during a perfect inning.
"I think I kind of caught some people off guard because I was upset and nobody really knew why," Reed said. "It was just some stupid pitches, and everything got cleared up quick."
WHAT'S NEXT Mets: Georgia native Zack Wheeler will take the mound for the Mets' series finale at SunTrust Park on Thursday, seeking more efficiency. Wheeler has averaged a shade over five innings per start this season, despite pitch counts hovering around triple digits in each of his last three outings.
Braves:Jaime Garcia will get the ball when Atlanta concludes this four-game set against the Mets at 7:35 p.m. ET. Garcia has allowed two earned runs while completing at least six innings in each of his past three starts.