The New York Mets continued their offensive explosion scoring 10 runs against the best team in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday night at Citi Field.
This comes on the heels of an 11-run extravaganza against the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon. Every Mets starter, including starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, had a hit in the 10-1 rout of Oakland.
Colon pitched another stellar game for his sixth win in seven starts, improving to 8-5. Colon went eight innings, allowing just one run on four hits, walking one and striking out eight.
This included a stretch when he retired the last 10 batters he faced against his former team. Lefty veteran Scott Kazmir took the loss for the A’s, dropping to 9-3. Kazmir, a former Met prospect, lasted just three innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits including three home runs.
Mets centerfielder Chris Young was another Mets star of the game. With rumors swirling about his potential release when regular starting centerfielder Juan Lagares returns from the disabled list sometime later this week, Young blasted two solo home runs against his former team, his fifth and sixth long balls of the year. He had not hit a home run in close to a month.
Before the game, the Mets announced that catcher Travis d’Arnaud was called up from AAA Las Vegas and catcher Taylor Teagarden was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Oakland centerfielder Coco Crisp led off the game by grounding out to second and third baseman Josh Donaldson grounded out to short for the second out. Brandon Moss followed with a soft liner to left that dropped in for a single. Cuban slugger left fielder Yoenis Cespedes then launched a ball over the head of Chris Young in center for a double. Moss scored to give the A’s an early 1-0 lead. Catcher Stephen Vogt then flied to left to retire the side. Both teams failed to score in their next at bats.
After being left stranded at the plate when left fielder Eric Young Jr. was picked off to end the bottom of the first, Mets first baseman Eric Campbell doubled to right leading off the bottom of the second. Right fielder Curtis Granderson then crushed a home run to right center to make it 2-1 New York. Chris Young followed with a shot of his own, into the seats in left field extending the Mets lead to 3-1. Travis d’Arnaud struck out in his first at-bat back from the minor leagues, but shortstop Ruben Tejada hit a soft line drive to right. Bartolo Colon then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Tejada over to second. Young Jr. struck out swinging to end the inning.
Coco Crisp started the top of the third by flying out to center for the first out and Josh Donaldson grounded out to short for out number two. Brandon Moss then hit a fly ball to left. Eric Young Jr. trotted over towards the left field line, but then angled back realizing he had misjudged how hard Moss had hit the ball. Young raced backwards and made a diving over the shoulder catch to retire the side.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy led off the bottom of the third by grounding a ball through the middle for a base hit. Third baseman David Wright ripped a double to right, moving Murphy over to third. Campbell grounded out to third for the first out and Granderson grounded to first for out number two. But Wright advanced to third and Murphy scored to widen the Mets lead to 4-1. Chris Young followed with a walk. d’Arnaud then blasted a shot to the seats in left for a three run homer, his fourth of the year stretching the lead to 7-1 New York. Tejada struck out swinging to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the fourth inning and the A’s did not bring home a run in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Eric Campbell struck out swinging to lead off. Granderson followed by flying out to center for the second out. Chris Young then lined a shot again into the left field seats for his second home run of the night, increasing New York’s lead to 8-1. Travis d’Arnaud grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning. Oakland went in order in the top of the sixth.
Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch from lefty veteran Jeff Francis to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Bartolo Colon grounded softly to third for the first out, but Tejada moved to second on the play. Eric Young Jr. lined a single to left, allowing Tejada to take third. Daniel Murphy singled to left, scoring Tejada to make it 9-1. Yoenis Cespedes threw home in attempt to nail Tejada at the plate, but to no avail. Both Young Jr. and Murphy advanced on the throw. With runners at second and third and one out, David Wright grounded to second for out number two but Young Jr. scored giving New York a 10-1 lead. Eric Campbell then lined out to left to end the inning. Both teams went 1-2-3 in the next two innings and Vic Black retired the A’s in order in the top of the ninth to end the game.
The two teams wrap up the brief two game series tomorrow night when Zack Wheeler takes the hill for the Mets, opposing veteran lefty Brad Mills for Oakland.