Bartolo Colon threw eight strong innings on Saturday afternoon in Washington, leading the Mets to a 5-2 victory and snapping their nine-game losing streak against the Nationals.
Opposing pitcher Gio Gonzalez struggled once again, surrendering five earned runs in just three innings.
In the first, after back-to-back singles by Daniel Murphy and David Wright and a walk to Chris Young, Eric Campbell hit a bases-loaded single to score two. One batter later, Juan Lagares hit an RBI single to push the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Then in the third, Campbell singled and Lagares followed with a two-run shot for his second home run of the year.
In the fourth, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer that cut the Mets’ lead to 5-2. The homer was the ninth Colon has allowed this season in nine starts. He nearly let up another in the sixth to Jayson Werth, but Lagares robbed him with a spectacular catch at the wall in center field.
The Mets had an opportunity to do some damage against Craig Stammen in the seventh after a walk to Murphy and a single by Wright — but left two in scoring position. Other than that, Stammen was virtually untouchable, throwing four innings of one-hit ball in relief.
Colon ended his day after eight innings for his first time as a Met, retiring the last 11 batters he faced. He was in complete command, allowing five hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Jenrry Mejia held the Nationals scoreless in the ninth, earning his first career save. In fact, it was his first professional save since June 16, 2007 in the Dominican Summer League, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
The Mets will take on the Nationals in the rubber match of their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA) will look to bounce back from his rough outing against the Yankees against RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59 ERA).