Matz, Mets Demolish Braves 8-0

With all his pitches working on a cold, drizzly afternoon, Steven Matz didn't waste any time.

Matz and the Mets dispatched the lowly Atlanta Braves 8-0 in a tidy 2 hours, 28 minutes Wednesday to win six straight series for the first time in almost a decade.

The 24-year-old lefty allowed two hits over 7 2/3 innings, and Lucas Duda had two of New York's four home runs. Matz (4-1) has a 0.67 ERA over his last four outings, allowing no runs in three of them. With his defense making several sharp plays behind him, he struck out eight and walked none to close out the three-game series.

Matz likes to work quickly, and on Wednesday he was in a perfect rhythm.

"All my pitches, I felt comfortable - I felt like I could throw them in any count," he said.

Rene Rivera, starting at catcher for Kevin Plawecki with a day game after a night game, and Asdrubal Cabrera also homered in the Mets' 10th victory in 12 games. They last won six straight series in August and September 2006.

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