On Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets defeated the Phillies by a score of 5-4. Bartolo Colon recorded the 200th win of his career.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning, when the Mets put up four runs against the floundering A.J. Burnett. Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy each plated a run with RBI base hits. Almost every ball the Mets hit found space, as Burnett struck out eight but surrendered 11 hits in only six innings. The opposite was true for Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who benefited from several loud outs hit right to his fielders.
The Mets added an insurance run in the fifth when Travis d’Arnaud lined a Burnett offering deep into the left field stands. It was d’Arnaud’s eighth home run of the season, two of which have come against Burnett. The Phillies responded in the bottom of the seventh, when Marlon Byrd homered to the left field corner. Byrd now has 22 home runs on the season, with four against the Mets.
The score stayed at 5-1 until the bottom of the ninth. Then, things got interesting. Dana Eveland surrendered a leadoff double and a walk, after which he was pulled for closer Jenrry Mejia. After a single loaded the bases, Grady Sizemore smacked a double off the right field wall, which came about ten feet short of a game-tying grand slam. With runners on second and third with nobody out in a 5-3 game, Curtis Granderson made a tremendous sliding catch to rob Mets-killer Carlos Ruiz of a hit. Mejia ultimately struck out Reid Brignac to prevent a disastrous loss.
With the win, Colon became the 112th pitcher in baseball history to record 200 wins. Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez are the only other Domincan-born pitchers to reach the milestone. Pedro also won his 200th with the Mets in 2006.
- Bartolo Colon threw eight strong innings, striking out six and allowing just one earned run. He did not allow a walk.
- Travis d’Arnaud collected two hits in four at-bats, including a solo home run.
- Wilmer Flores knocked in a run and scored a run, going two-for-four.
- Five batters in the Mets lineup had multiple hits.