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Mets turn two Former “Houses of Horrors” to “Houses of Miracles” on Latest Road Trip



The New York Mets lost 6 of 9 games in Washington last season, and do I really need to recap what Turner Field in Atlanta has meant to seasons past for New York?

The Mets however continue to show signs that this season is different and there will be no collapse nor teams that the Mets cannot beat especially after weathering the storm of the Matt Harvey inning-limit media fiasco.

After dropping two of three against Miami, and the Nationals swept the Braves out of Washington, the Mets’ division lead had been trimmed to 4 games ahead of a Labor Day matinee at Nationals Park facing Max Scherzer.

The ghosts of seasons past seemed to surface when starter Jon Niese let a 3-run lead melt away surrendering a homerun to noted ‘Met-killer’ Wilson Ramos who smacked a grand slam to give Washington the lead.

They would extend that lead to 5-3 and it seemed that the Mets were falling back into the old trap of losing to Washington and that the Nationals were fighting their way back into the NL East race.

However, the Mets would come back against Scherzer with 1 in the 5th, 1 in the 6th and 3 in the 8th to shock the Nats in their own park.

The Mets would go on to win the next two in Washington highlighted by a stunning 6-run comeback in the 7th and capped by a Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit homerun in the second game of the three game set, and beating Stephen Strasburg and Jon Papelbon in game three.

With the lead at 7 games, the Mets took their show to Atlanta where the Mets traditionally have struggled.

However, this season is simply different.

The Mets won all three on the weekend capped with a stunner of a win on Sunday.

Trailing by three and down to their last out with no one on base, Juan Lagares doubled to center on a ball that was inches from being caught.  Curtis Granderson walked, which he has done with a remarkable degree of consistency this year, and Daniel Murphy smoked a 3-run homerun to right to send the Mets fans into jubilation.

“This team just doesn’t know how to lose!”, said Gary Cohen on the SNY broadcast seconds after Murphy’s ball landed in the outfield bleachers.

The Mets would add three more runs in the 10th, and Addison Reed, filling in for Familia who was given a day of rest, got the three outs he needed to cap the sweep.

With the lead at 9 and a half games, the Mets head back to Citi Field to face the Marlins and the Nationals head to Philadelphia.

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