ATLANTA — A few weeks ago, their playoff hopes dangling by a thread, the Mets might have shuddered at the thought of a two-run deficit in the eighth inning of a critical — they’re all critical at this point — game.

Not anymore. Now fully in control of their own destiny in the National League Wild Card race, the Mets parlayed three walks, a hit batsman and a fielding error into a four-run rally in the eighth inning Friday, stealing their sixth straight win, a 6-4 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

The victory ensured that the Mets would retain at least a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the NL’s second Wild Card spot, also moving them back to a season-high nine games over .500 for the first time since July 7.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Pat James is a reporter for and covered the Braves on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Mets News / Mets capitalize with Wild rally to win 6th straight