The Braves have long been the yardstick the Mets measure themselves by, but not on this day in 2000, the last season the Mets appeared in the World Series when they routed Atlanta, 9-1.
The Mets clubbed three homers – Derek Bell, Benny Agbayani and Mike Piazza – to back the solid effort by Al Leiter, who outpitched Greg Maddux at Shea Stadium.
Agbayani and Piazza connected off Maddux, who gave up seven runs in two innings. Leiter improved to 10-1 as he gave up a run in seven innings.
With the victory, the Mets moved within one game of the Braves for first place in the National League East.
The Mets finished second to the Braves that year, but defeated San Francisco and St. Louis in the playoffs before losing to the Yankees in five games in the World Series.