The New York Mets took the rubber game Thursday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field, winning by a final score of 5-0. Bartolo Colon was the star of the game for the Mets.
Colon pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings scattering five hits, walking just one batter (an intentional walk to catcher Chris Stewart in the top of the second), while striking out nine batters, notching his 2000th career strikeout in the process.
Colon picked up the win to improve to 4-5 on the season while Charlie Morton took the loss, dropping to 1-7. With closer Jenrry Mejia unavailable after pitching two innings last night, Jeurys Familia earned the save, his first of the year and second of his career.
Both teams did not score in the first inning, and the Pirates did not bring home a run in the top of the second. First baseman Lucas Duda led off the bottom of the first with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Charlie Morton. Shortstop Ruben Tejada grounded to third, and catcher Juan Centeno grounded to short moving Duda over to third on the play. The slow-footed Duda then raced home after another wild pitch from Morton to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Bartolo Colon then struck out swinging to end the inning. The Pirates were retired in order in the top of the third.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares struck out swinging to start the bottom of the third. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then reached on an error from Pirates third baseman Pedro Alverez. Alverez airmailed the throw over first baseman Ike Davis’s head and it went all the way to the railing in front of the Mets dugout. Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer grabbed the ball and threw to second. The ball got away from Neil Walker and rolled into left field. After sliding into second, Murphy immediately got up and raced towards third, reaching safely without a throw. Third baseman David Wright followed with a single to center scoring Murphy making it 2-0 New York. Wright then stole second base and moved over to third on a ground out to second by right fielder Curtis Granderson. Left fielder Chris Young grounded to third to end the inning.
The Pirates failed to score in the top of the fourth; the Mets went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth; both teams did not bring home a run in the fifth and the Pirates didn’t score in the top of the sixth.
Leading off the bottom of the sixth, David Wright blasted a shot over the wall and into the seats in left field extending the Mets lead to 3-0. Curtis Granderson flied out to left, but Chris Young and Lucas Duda both walked. That would be the end for Charlie Morton and in came reliever Jared Hughes.
Hughes then bounced a pitch to the plate that got away from catcher Chris Stewart. Stewart found the ball and threw Young out at third. Shortstop Ruben Tejada walked, but catcher Juan Centeno flew out to center ending the inning. The Pirates went in order in the top of the seventh and the Mets did not bring home a run in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the eighth Josh Harrison lined a shot to center. Lagares initially turned the wrong way but raced back and caught the ball for the first out. Neil Walker then singled up the middle and centerfielder Andrew McCutchen lined a single to left after a 12 pitch at bat. Colon was pulled and young flamethrower Jeurys Familia came in to get out of the jam. On the first pitch Familia induced a ground ball double play from Ike Davis to get out of the inning.
Curtis Granderson walked to start the eighth and moved to second on a walk from reliever Brian Morris, who entered in the bottom of the seventh. Chris Young lined to short, but Lucas Duda followed with a bomb that hit off the Shea Bridge in right center and landed in the bullpen making it 5-0 New York. Ruben Tejada struck out looking but Juan Centeno walked. Jeurys Familia then hit a hard ground ball up the middle for the first hit in his major league career. Juan Lagares then struck out looking to end the inning.
Leading off the top of the ninth, left fielder Starling Marte grounded out to second. Pedro Alvarez then reached on an infield single to second. Shortstop Jordy Mercer then hit a bouncing ball to third. David Wright threw to second for the first out but could not complete the double play and Mercer was safe. Mercer then stole second on defensive indifference. Chris Stewart then skied a pop-up in front of the plate, and Juan Centeno caught it to end the game.
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud will be activated from the disabled list in time for tomorrow’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a five game series in Philly. Mets young starter Zack Wheeler faces off against rookie David Buchanan for the Phillies.
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