Until the seventh inning on Tuesday, Charlie Morton had made the Mets look silly, particularly James McCann, who fanned on a fifth-inning curveball that wasn’t even close to the strike zone.
But McCann had the last laugh against Morton, skying a cutter into the seats in the seventh to spark the Mets in a 4-3 win over the Braves at Truist Park. McCann’s homer, plus a two-out RBI single from Francisco Lindor, allowed the Mets to turn one productive half-inning into a series-opening win.
In the 14 games prior to Tuesday, the Mets were batting .202 and averaging just 2.4 runs per game. That drought continued through six innings against Morton. But Morton’s streak — and night — ended on McCann’s blast. McCann, who entered with an .867 OPS in his past month’s worth of games, has been one of New York’s offensive bright spots of late.
Like Morton, Mets starter Tylor Megill ended his night by giving up a three-run home run, this one to Ozzie Albies in the fifth inning. Still, with eight strikeouts over his five frames, Megill provided a compelling performance as he works to bolster his spot in the rotation.