Bartolo Colon threw six strong innings for his 15th win of the year, as the Mets defeated the Astros by a score of 8-3.
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
On the final game of the season, Colon allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks. He finishes with a 4.09 ERA.
Houston starting pitcher Nick Tropeano lasted five innings, surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks.
In the third, Juan Centeno walked to begin the frame. Colon’s sacrifice bunt put Centeno in scoring position, paving the way for an RBI single from den Dekker to make it 2-1.
Colon ran into some trouble in the fifth inning when Gregorio Petit hit a line drive double and Nick Tropeano was walked. With the AL batting title on the line, Jose Altuve helped his cause by hitting an RBI single to tie it at 2. With two on and two out, Colon induced a flyout from Alex Presley to limit the damage.
The Mets were quick to respond in the fifth when — in what would be the last at-bat of his career — Abreu led off the inning with a single. The crowd gave him a long standing ovation before he was replaced by pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. Murphy walked, and Lucas Duda followed with a double that scored two runs and brought the Mets’ lead to 4-2.
New York broke the game open in eighth with a pair of two-run homers. Murphy doubled, and Duda hit a bomb for his 30th of the year. Then, after Wilmer Flores hit a ground-rule double, Ruben Tejada‘s shot brought the team’s lead to 8-3.
After his start today, Colon ended his season having pitched 200 or more innings for the first time since 2005. He has now done it eight times in his career.
Abreu finishes his career with a .291 average, 288 home runs, 1,363 RBI, and 400 steals in 18 seasons.
With his appearance in the eighth, Familia set the franchise record for appearances by a rookie with 76.