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Game Recap: Bartolo Colon shaky as Mets fall to Nationals, 4-2

By Miss_Met
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Sep 23, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher

Bartolo Colon

(40) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bartolo Colon fell victim to the longball en route to the Mets’ 4-2 loss against the Nationals, on Tuesday night in Washington.

In his 30th start of the season, Colon allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in his six innings of work. He pitched well until surrendering a three-run shot to Met-killer Adam LaRoche, which proved to be the game-winner.

On the opposing mound was Tanner Roark, who held New York to just two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings.

Game Recap:

The game was held scoreless until the top of the fifth. Wilmer Flores led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a double of his own to make it 1-0.

The Nationals were quick to respond in the bottom of the frame, though. Kevin Frandsen singled after Colon was not quick enough to cover first. Then, after Roark bunted him over, rookie Michael Taylor hit an RBI double — the third of his career driven in — to tie the game. Werth followed with a walk, which paved the way for a three-run bomb from Adam LaRoche, his 26th of the year, to make it 4-1.

The Mets chased Roark out of the game in the seventh when Flores and Curtis Granderson hit a single and double, respectively. Ross Detweiler came in for relief to face pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, who had a nine-pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk to load the bases. Tejada responded with a sac fly to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Reliever Aaron Barrett then entered the game and immediately walked the first batter he faced, pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu. Another pitching change was made, with Jerry Blevins inducing a pop-up from Anthony Recker to end the inning and limit the damage.

Carlos Torres, Josh Edgin, and Daisuke Matsuzaka threw a combined two innings of scoreless relief.

Meanwhile, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen solidified win for the Nationals, bringing their season record against the Mets to 14-3.

Game Notes:

Colon walked three batters tonight. It is only the second time this season he has allowed three or more walks in a start.

LaRoche now has 29 career home runs against the Mets, fourth among active players.

Up Next:

The Mets will continue their three-game set with the Nationals in Washington. Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.88 ERA) will face Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74 ERA) at 7:05pm ET.

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