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New York’s offense collected 20 hits in a 16-5 win over the Braves

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets collected 20 hits, nine of which were doubles, en route to a 16-5 blowout of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Bartolo Colon had yet another rough outing for the Braves as he allowed five runs on seven hits and walked a pair of batters without recording a strikeout. Over his past three starts, Colon has now pitched a total of just 16 innings and has allowed 15 runs on 28 hits over that span.

Atlanta’s relief core failed to stop the bleeding as they allowed 11 runs on 13 hits. Josh Collmenter gave up four runs on five hits, Eric O’Flaherty allowed four runs on three hits, and Matt Wisler surrendered three runs on four hits.

After compiling 35 strikeouts and eight walks over his previous three starts, New York’s Jacob deGrom appeared to come back down to earth against the Braves. Here was his final line in Wednesday’s win: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 5 K. However, deGrom finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.

Despite the loss, the Braves have now scored five or more runs in seven of their last eight games dating back to an 8-2 win over the Mets on April 26.

With two outs recorded and the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Jose Reyes doubled to left off of O’Flaherty to clear the bases and extend New York’s lead to 12-5. In the ensuing at-bat, Rene Rivera singled to center field to score Reyes and give the Mets a 13-5 advantage.

New York’s offense didn’t cool off, however, as the Mets finished out the seven-run eighth inning with a Juan Lugares RBI single and a two-run double from Michael Conforto, adding insult to injury and putting the Mets up 16-5.

The Mets jumped on Colon early and often as Conforto led off the top of the first inning with a double to right-center. It was immediately followed by an Asdrubal Cabrera double to left, scoring Conforto and giving the Mets the lead.

After Jay Bruce drew a walk, Neil Walker doubled to right, scoring Cabrera and extending New York’s lead to 2-0. Despite having runners on second and third with no outs recorded, the Mets failed to add to their lead due to a Curtis Granderson pop out followed by a Reyes pop out that led to Walker being doubled off at second base.

New York padded their lead in the top of the third inning as Cabrera was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Granderson double to right field. One batter later, Reyes singled to center to score Walker and push New York’s lead to 4-0. Rivera then singled on a soft hit to right field to score Granderson and put the Mets up 5-0.

The Braves got on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Dansby Swanson drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on an Adonis Garcia single and scored on Freddie Freeman’s two-out single to left.

Colon managed to get his only 1-2-3 inning of the night in the top the fourth as he induced a lineout and a pair of groundouts for a quick shutdown inning.

Atlanta’s offense found its groove in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back singles from Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers to lead things off. Markakis advanced to third on a Jace Peterson double play, but Swanson drew his second straight walk to put runners on the corners with two away.

Pinch-hitting for Colon, Emilio Bonifacio notched a two-run triple to right, scoring Swanson and Flowers to cut Atlanta’s deficit to 5-3. Surprisingly enough, this was the first Atlanta triple at SunTrust Park.

Collmenter relieved Colon in the top of the fifth inning, but New York’s offense continued to roll as Walker legged out an infield single, advanced to third on Granderson’s double to right and scored on Reyes’ sacrifice fly. Rivera singled to short to score Granderson and later came home on deGrom’s RBI single to right, giving the Mets a 9-3 lead.

The Braves managed to cut their deficit in the bottom of the fifth as Peterson doubled to center to score Kemp and Flowers and bring the score to 9-5.

The four-game series with New York will conclude on Thursday as Jaime Garcia squares off against Zack Wheeler and the Mets at 7:35 pm ET.