Atlanta Braves

Braves blow out Mets 15-2, inch closer to NL East crown

NEW YORK (AP) -- Eyeing a third consecutive NL East crown, the power-packed Atlanta Braves got their top starter back and made it an awfully easy night for him.

Freddie Freeman added three more hits to his burgeoning MVP campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of Atlanta's six homers and the Braves battered New York Mets pitching Friday in a 15-2 blowout that expanded their division lead.

Freeman laced a two-run double and Marcell Ozuna followed with a long two-run homer in the second off Steven Matz (0-5), dealt his latest drubbing in a lost season as he came back from shoulder discomfort.

''To get Max some run support was huge, especially in his first start,'' said catcher and cleanup man Travis d'Arnaud, who had three hits and two walks against his former team - including a two-run homer in his first game as a visitor at Citi Field.

Nine days after setting a National League record for runs since 1900 in a 29-9 romp against the Marlins, the Braves appeared ready to threaten the mark as d'Arnaud and Albies each hit a two-run homer in a six-run fourth against Franklyn Kilome that made it 12-0.

Mets: After leaving Wednesday night's outing in Philadelphia with a right hamstring spasm, deGrom threw a side session Friday and felt good, Rojas said.

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