Jun 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets’ offense was alive on Tuesday night in Queens, as the team defeated the first-place Athletics by a score of 10-1, en route to their fifth win in the last six games.
Bartolo Colon (7-5, 3.88 ERA) took the mound for the Mets and was dominant, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Former Met and AL ERA leader Scott Kazmir (9-2.2.08 ERA) started for Oakland and struggled, only lasting three innings while surrounding seven runs on eight hits and a walk.
The A’s got off to a quick start in the first off Colon. After Brandon Moss singled, cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes hit a line-drive double to plate the first run of the game. That would be all he would let up, though, for the rest of the night.
New York was quick to respond, as their bats caught fire in the second. Eric Campbell led off the inning with a double, after which Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer to take the lead. Then, four pitches later, Chris Young hit a solo home run to make it 3-1 Mets. It was the first time the team hit back-to-back home runs since September 14th of last year.
The Mets were able to break the game open in the third. A leadoff single by Daniel Murphy and a double by David Wright paved the way for Granderson’s third RBI of the game via a groundout. Young then walked, and newly recalled Travis d’Arnaud followed with a three-run jack, his fourth of the season, to chase Kazmir out of the game.
Young hit his second home run of the game in the fifth, a solo shot that brought the Mets’ lead to 8-1. They tacked on two more runs in sixth when Ruben Tejada got on base to start the inning after being hit by a pitch. Colon’s groundout advanced him to second, and Eric Young Jr.’s single put men on the corners. Murphy singled on a fly ball to left field to score Tejada, and Wright’s groundout produced yet another run to make it 10-1 Mets.
Vic Black came on in relief in the ninth to shut the door for the Mets and solidify their blowout win.
The Mets are now 6-3 in their last nine games and 17-20 at home.
Tonight marks the first time the Mets have scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games since June 28-29, 2011.
Colon has now won six straight decisions. The last Mets starter to win six or more consecutive decisions in a single season was RA Dickey when he won 11 in 2012.
In his last seven starts, Colon is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA.
Colon has gone at least 6.0 innings in 11 of his last 15 starts.
Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
Wright has hit in eight straight games. He has also driven in a run in each of the last seven games, the longest such streak of his career.
Granderson has reached base safely in a career-high 32 straight starts.
Colon now has a two-game hitting streak.