ATLANTA, GA - JULY 11: Luis Guillorme #13 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Truist Park on July 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images)

Needing a win to re-establish themselves as the leaders of the NL East, the New York Mets jumped on the back of starting pitcher Max Scherzer and let him carry them off to victory to increase their lead over Atlanta to 2.5 games.

Scherzer was once again brilliant. He held Atlanta to just a run on three hits with nine strikeouts.  Aside from the Austin Riley solo home run in the seventh, only two men reached scoring position against Scherzer. He was that dominant against a Braves team that had been dominating teams at will over the past month.

Offensively, the Mets did just enough. Pete Alonso drove in a pair, first on a double to left in the third inning that scored Brandon Nimmo. Later, Alonso’s fielder’s choice scored Nimmo again for the final run of the day.

In between the two Alonso RBIs, Luis Guillorme drove in a pair, one one a fielder’s choice in the third, the other on a solo home run to right in the eighth.

Edwin Diaz locked down his 19th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning to send New York to it’s 54th win of the year.