Colon's marvelous day lifts Mets over Cardinals

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The New York Mets won a nail biter Wednesday afternoon, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 to avoid the three game sweep.

Bartolo Colon dominated the game, both on the mound and at the plate. The 40 year-old veteran pitched eight innings, allowing just one run (a solo shot to the first batter he faced) on four hits, walking no batters and striking out one earning his seventh win of the season improving his record to 7-5 all while throwing just 86 pitches.

Colon also had two sacrifice bunts, a double and a run scored. Colon had a stretch of retiring 12 batters in a row. Cardinals veteran Lance Lynn took the loss dropping to 7-5. Lynn allowed two runs on five hits, walking four batters while striking out five. Mets lefty reliever Dana Eveland picked up the save, his first of the year and first since 2005.

After the Mets were retired in order in the top of the first, third baseman Matt Carpenter led off the bottom of the first with a shot into the Cardinals bullpen in right center giving St. Louis an early 1-0 lead. Centerfielder Jon Jay then grounded out to shortstop; left fielder Matt Holliday struck out looking, and right fielder Allen Craig lined out to right to end the inning. Both teams failed to score in the next two innings, with Cardinals going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second and third. The Mets did not bring home a run in the top of the fourth.

Jon Jay lined a double to center leading off the bottom of the fourth. Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch from Bartolo Colon and was awarded first base. Allen Craig then grounded into a double play, and first baseman Matt Adams popped out to third to end the inning. Both teams went in order in the fifth inning.

In the top of the sixth, Colon lined a double down the left field line, his first hit since 2005. Left fielder Eric Young Jr. followed with a double of his own to right center, scoring the hefty plodding Colon from second to tie the game 1-1. Colon’s teammates fanned him in the dugout when he returned to the bench, partly as a joke but partly because he was so breathless. Second baseman Daniel Murphy then grounded out to third but the speedy Young Jr. advanced to third on the throw. Third baseman David Wright then hit a soft liner to right field, which fell in for a hit, and the Mets captain landed at second with a double. Young scored easily but Wright was tagged out while trying to get up after sliding into second base. The Mets went up 2-1 on the play. Right fielder Curtis Granderson walked for the third time on the afternoon, and Lucas Duda walked to put runners at first and second. Centerfielder Chris Young struck out swinging to retire the side. The Cardinals were retired 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden started the top of the seventh by flying out to center. Shortstop Wilmer Flores lined a single into right and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Bartolo Colon. Young Jr. then lined a ball down the left field line, and bounced up into the seats for a ground-rule double. Flores scored to extend the Mets lead to 3-1. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came out and pulled Seth Maness who replaced starter Lance Lynn at the start of the inning, and in came lefty reliever Randy Choate. Choate struck out Daniel Murphy to retire the side. Both teams went in order in their next at bats.

Catcher Yadier Molina hit a ground ball back to Colon to lead off the bottom of the eighth for out number one. Second baseman Kolten Wong followed by flying out to left for the second out. Shortstop Daniel Descalso then singled through the hole between first and second into right field, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive batters retired by Colon. Infielder Jhonny Peralta pinch-hit for Randy Choate and grounded out to third to end the inning. The Mets failed to score in the top of the ninth.

Closer Jenrry Mejia entered to shut the door on the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Carpenter led off with a double to right field. Jon Jay was then hit by a pitch from Mejia to put runners at first and second with no-outs. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen came out to talk to the young Mejia. Matt Holliday followed by grounding into a double play. Jay was out at second, and Holliday was out at first, but Carpenter advanced to third on the play. Allen Craig hit a bouncing ball to third. David Wright grabbed it, spun, threw to first but not in time to get Craig and Carpenter scored to cut the lead to 3-2. Mets manager Terry Collins pulled Mejia and in came lefty specialist Dana Eveland to face slugger Matt Adams. Adams then grounded out to third to end the game.

After the game the Mets announced that outfielder Matt den Dekker was sent back to AAA Las Vegas and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled to join the team.

The Mets travel to take on the Miami Marlins tomorrow night when Zack Wheeler looks to get back on track as he toes the rubber against Marlins top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney as he makes his major league debut for Miami.

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