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Wilmer Flores

Matz Shuts Down Braves In 8-0 Mets Win

NEW YORK — 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 72/3 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...

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