After scoring a total of 9 runs over the past 5 games, the Mets banged out 16 hits and 11 runs to snap their 5-game losing streak and even the weekend series with the Atlanta Braves.  They bring their record back to .500, at 56-56.

In one of the more entertaining games they’ve played this year, the Mets’ offense broke through in a big way — every starting position player smacked at least 1 hit, and 8 different Mets crossed the plate.  They jumped out to a quick 1st inning, 2-0 lead against Braves starter Tommy Hanson thanks to Justin Turner’s solo shot and David Wright’s RBI double.  Starter Jon Niese, however, ran into trouble in the 3rd inning.  The Braves cranked out 5 hits in that inning and by the time the dust settled, the Mets were in a 5-2 hole.

Redemption for a few nights ago (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

The Mets were able to strike back, though.  Jason Bay hit his 8th homer of the year — a 2-run shot that brought the Mets to 5-4 — and the Mets were on their way.  A 3-run 4th inning put the Mets ahead 7-5, and a 3-run 7th blew the game open.

3 Up:

-Justin Turner: Led the way for the Mets offensively, with 2 homers and 4 RBI’s.

Josh Thole: A 3-4 night, including his second home run of the season (the Mets hit 4 of them tonight, all off Hanson).  He also gunned down Michael Bourne at second in a stolen base attempt in the 4th.

-The Stolen Base: Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan had 2 of them apiece.

3 Down:

-Niese’s 3rd inning: Got his 11th win despite slogging through the game.  With the unpredictability of this offense, he has to stay away from the big inning.

Daniel Murphy: Committed his 10th error of the year.

-Rain: Gametime was delayed about an hour due to rain.

On Deck: Rubber game tomorrow, first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM.

ATL Minor (1-2, 4.59 ERA) vs. NYM Gee (10-3, 3.69 ERA)