On Tuesday night in Queens, the Mets defeated the Marlins by a score of 9-1.
Sep 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherBartolo Colon
(40) delivers a pitch in the 1st inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Bartolo Colon took the mound for New York and had a gritty performance, holding the opposition to just one run in 7.2 innings, despite allowing 12 hits.
Starting for the Marlins was Nathan Eovaldi, who only lasted 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks.
Miami led off the third with a double by Reed Johnson — who came into the game with a .327 lifetime average against the Mets. After Eovaldi bunted him over, Christian Yelich hit an infield single to score the game’s first run.
Meanwhile, Eovaldi had thrown just 25 pitches through the first three innings, keeping the Mets scoreless.
In the fourth, though, Travis d’Arnaud doubled to center and, two batters later, Wilmer Flores hit a double of his own to tie the game. Curtis Granderson then hit an RBI single to give the Mets the lead. After Eovaldi issued his first walk of the night to Matt den Dekker, Ruben Tejada smoked a two-run double to make it 4-1.
Colon ran himself into trouble in the bottom of the fifth when he loaded the bases with singles to Eovaldi, Donovan Solano, and Casey McGehee. With one out, he got a huge strikeout from Marcell Ozuna. Garrett Jones then grounded out to end the inning and escape the frame unscathed.
Eovaldi was chased out of the game in the bottom of the fifth when he allowed a single to Daniel Murphy followed by a walk to d’Arnaud. Brad Penny, pitching in relief, struck out Lucas Duda before giving up a three-run shot to Flores, which broke the game open at 7-1.
Flores had another big hit in the seventh off Penny: a two-run blast for his second home run and sixth RBI of the night.
Colon is one of just three pitchers in Mets history to allow 12+ hits and one run or fewer in a start.
Juan Lagares departed from the game in the fifth inning with a hyperextended right elbow.
Flores is now 9-for-his-last-14 (.643) with three homers, one triple, two doubles, and eight RBI. He is the first Met rookie since ’08 with multiple 6+ RBI games in a season.