NYM@WSH: Edgin gets Harper to escape bases-loaded jam

PHILADELPHIA -- When reliever Josh Edgin fought back from a 3-0 count on Jason Heyward to induce a groundout and end the last Braves threat in the Mets' 4-3 victory Thursday night, it extended his scoreless-appearances streak to five since his recall from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 10.

Left-handed-hitters are 1-for-9 against Edgin in that time, during which he has resumed consistently pounding the strike zone.

"Better believe it," said manager Terry Collins. "That's one of the reasons we sent him down to begin with.

"He didn't have a great spring, but there was a lot going on. His wife was due at the time, and he was on the edge of his chair waiting for the phone to ring, and he was trying to work on his pitches.

Edgin has allowed four hits over four scoreless innings since returning to the big league club.

"He got away from his strength, which is throwing strikes," Collins said. "What you saw last night, 94-95 [mph] charging after a guy. I understand you want another pitch, but you can't lose you strength. Last night it was back. "

Worth noting

• Center-fielder Juan Lagares has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games to raise his average from .146 to .211. Even if the results still seem modest, the effort is not going unnoticed.

"He has worked very hard," said Collins. "[Hitting coach Dave Hudgens] tells me he really wants to get better. He has been making pretty good contact and has been getting on."

• The Mets' bullpen, ranked 27th in the Majors in ERA, has pitched to a 1.56 ERA over the last eight games.

• Only four third basemen in MLB history -- David Wright, Eddie Mathews, Ron Cey and Mike Schmidt -- have hit at least 10 home runs in each of their first 10 seasons in the Majors. Wright hit Nos. 10 and 11 of 2013 on Thursday night in Atlanta.