NEW YORK — Five things to know about the Braves after their 7-3 win against the Mets in Monday’s series opener, the third straight win for the Braves including two weekend wins against the NL East-leading Nationals.
— The Braves have eight or more hits in 19 consecutive games, third-longest streak in the Atlanta era and second-longest in a single season, behind a 20-gamer in 1998. They are 22-23 since Matt Kemp joined the lineup Aug. 2 and have averaged 5.2 runs per game in that stretch after going 19-26 in the 45 games before he arrived while averaging 3.8 runs.
— Freddie Freeman’s four hits Monday including a home run and a double to give him 78 extra-base hits, the most by a Brave since Andruw Jones had 78 in 2005.
— Freeman needs two more extra-base hits to join his friend and mentor Chipper Jones as the only Atlanta-era Braves to have 80 or more in a season. Chipper had 87 in his 1999 National League MVP season, when his career-high 45 homers included seven against the Mets.
— Freeman extended his hitting streak to 23 games and his on-base streak to 39 games, both career-bests and the longest active streaks in the majors. The on-base streak is second-longest in the majors this season and the Braves’ longest since Chipper Jones’ 41-game streak in 2008. Freeman’s hitting streak is third-longest in the majors this season and the Braves’ longest since Dan Uggla’s 33-game streak in 2011.
— Freeman has more home runs in his career against the Mets (18) than any other team, and this season he’s hit .397 (27-for-68) with 11 extra-base hits against them.
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