In the final game of their three-game set in St. Louis, Bartolo Colon was brilliant as the Mets topped the Cardinals to avoid the sweep.
Jun 18, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Bartolo Colon gave up a leadoff homer in the first inning, but settled in from there to turn in a masterful performance.
Colon started the Mets’ go-ahead rally in the sixth, lining a double down the left field line. Eric Young, Jr. followed with an RBI double that drove in Colon and tied the game, and David Wright then delivered an RBI single to right that gave the Mets a 2-1 lead.
The Mets added a run in the seventh, when Young, Jr. lofted an RBI double to left field.
With Bartolo Colon at 86 pitches, he was lifted before the ninth inning in favor of Jenrry Mejia.
Mejia allowed a leadoff double and nicked Matt Holliday with a pitch to open the frame, but then induced a double play. After Mejia gave up a run-scoring infield single, Collins removed him and brought in Dana Eveland to face Matt Adams with the tying run on first. Although the process was questionable, Eveland retired Adams to seal the victory.
- Bartolo Colon gave up a leadoff homer and was then tremendous over eight masterful innings. Colon also started the Mets’ first rally in the sixth inning when he delivered his first career extra-base hit – a double down the left field line.
- Eric Young, Jr. delivered a pair of run-scoring doubles.
The Mets open a four-game set against the Marlins on Thursday night in Miami.