Bartolo colon’s first inning woes got the best of him again Saturday night as he started the game by giving up three hits, four runs, and a lead the Rangers would never relinquish. Three of those runs came on a Robin Chineros home run as the 41 year old veteran has now given up 6 long balls in the first inning this seaon, nearly half of his yearly total of 13. Colon would actually settle down and go on to allow just one earned run on five hits over the next six innings. Too little, too late though, as New York fell to Texas by a score of 5-3.
It marked the sixth time in the Mets’ last nine games that they have scored three or fewer runs. The team is just 2-7 over that span.
Not that the Mets didn’t have their chances. As usual the Mets’ offense was paced by Curtis Granderson, who got the Mets on the board with an RBI double in the third off of Rangers starter Colby Lewis. Bobby Abreu continued his surprising season by following that with an RBI single two batters later.
That put the score at 5-2 and gave the Mets a prime opportunity, with the bases loaded, one out, and Lucas Duda, their cleanup hitter up at the plate. But the 28 year old first baseman swung through an 83 MPH Colby Lewis slider for strike three. Juan Lagares followed that up with a groundout to end the inning.
The rest of the Mets’ offense came off the bat of last night’s hero, Travis D’arnaud. A day after hitting a game-winning RBI double in the eight, the former top catching prospect launched a Colby Lewis fastball deep into his personal power alley in left-center, where four of his five home runs this year have fallen. Since returning from the minors, the 25 year old rookie is hitting .297 with two home runs and 7 RBIs. His seasonal average has climbed to .206.
New York had a couple more chances, but the Cubs bullpen was able to slide out of it. Eric Campbell and Chris Young walked to give the Mets runners on first and second to start the eighth, but Juan Lagares failed to get down a bunt down on successive pitches. Swinging on 0-2, he grouded into a double play and D’Arnaud flew out to end the inning.
They even got the tying to the plate in the ninth, after a Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit double. But Texas Closer induced a Curtis Granderson pop-up and got Daniel Murphy to strike out as the mets fell to 38-49, 11 games under .500 and 11 games out of first place.
On a rare positive note, Captain David Wright returned after missing seven games with a shoulder injury. He went 1-4 with his 21st double of the season.