ATLANTA -- Must the New York Mets go home?
Jacob deGrom earned the win in his first outing in 16 days, Michael Conforto produced two RBIs to cap a strong trip as the No. 3 hitter and the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 victory on Sunday at Turner Field.
The Mets (10-7) improved to three games over .500 for the first time this season.
They won 7 of 9 games during their trip to Cleveland, Philadelphia and Atlanta, which coincided with Conforto being placed in the third slot in the batting order.
The Mets have won a franchise-record seven straight games at Turner Field, which once had been a house of horrors.
They did fail to homer Sunday, after otherwise producing 23 long balls -- a franchise record for any eight-game stretch -- on the trip to the three hitter-friendly ballparks.
DeGrom protected a 1-0 lead into the fifth, when Nick Markakis delivered a two-out RBI single to pull the Braves even. Conforto answered the following half-inning with a ground-rule double that scored Curtis Granderson and chased right-hander Aaron Blair in the prospect’s major-league debut. Lucas Duda followed with a sacrifice fly against Alexi Ogando that plated Asdrubal Cabrera and opened a 3-1 lead.
Conforto had opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, which also drove in Granderson. Cabrera singled in both of the frames in which the Mets scored to advance Granderson into scoring position.
Conforto hit .324 (11-for-34) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBIs during the nine-game trip. Manager Terry Collins had installed Conforto as the No. 3 hitter when the Mets arrived in Cleveland in order to try to awaken the team’s offense.
DeGrom ultimately surrendered one run on eight hits while striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. He threw 82 pitches -- near the team’s target after such a long absence. DeGrom had not pitched in a major-league game since the April 8 home opener because of right lat tightness and then a breathing issue with newborn son Jaxon, which since appears to have resolved itself. DeGrom had thrown a 71-pitch simulated game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to try to stay ready.
DeGrom’s fastball continued to sit at 92-93 mph -- off from last year’s average 95 mph velocity. Yet he continued to have success. DeGrom improved to 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA.
What’s next: Noah Syndergaard looks to continue his dominating start to the season. Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90 ERA) opposes right-hander Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09) as the Mets open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field. Syndergaard is the first pitcher in the majors since Roger Clemens in 2005 to open a season with three straight starts allowing one run or fewer while striking out at least eight batters in each outing, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.