It ain’t pretty, but Bartolo Colon drives in a run with this 4th-inning single.
ATLANTA – After losing a series to the Braves and a closer to a PED suspension this weekend, the Mets needed a lift from Bartolo Colon. The veteran starter gave them seven strong innings and a memorable day at the plate.
Daniel Murphy’s pinch hit, sacrifice fly scored the winning run in the eighth as the Mets stopped a two-game slide and beat the Braves 4-3 at Turner Field Sunday.
The Mets (3-3) at least return to Citi Field Monday at .500 to celebrate their home opener. It was the Braves (5-1) first loss of the season.
The Mets will not have their closer as Jenrry Mejia any time soon. He tested positive for steroid use and will miss 80 games.
Colon, however, gave the Mets some strong pitching, a little comic relief and much-needed offense .
The 41-year old allowed three runs on three hits, including a Jonny Gomes solo home run in the seventh. That tied the game, giving up the lead that he had given himself.
The rotund right-hander whose at-bats have become must-watch for the entertainment value, used his trademark lunge-forward-and-lose-your-batting-helmet technique to slap an RBI-single into right field to drive in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.
Colon drove in Wilmer Flores, who had led off the inning with a double for a 3-2 lead.
He had been 0-for his last 37 at-bats before that hit and he had not driven in a run since June 10, 2005. That was with the Angels and came at the expense of the Mets.
Curtis Granderson, who did not start, came in for John Mayberry, Jr. in the eighth and drew a leadoff walk from Juan Jaime, who also walked Anthony Recker. Wilmer Flores moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt and Jaime intentionally walked Ruben Tejada to set-up Murphy’s sacrifice fly to left scoring Curtis Granderson.
Curtis Granderson (l.) scores the winning run on Daniel Murphy’s (r.) sacrifice fly.
Michael Cuddyer hit his first home run as a Met in the first inning off Alex Wood, driving in Lucas Duda.
The Mets first baseman went 3-for-5 on the day, all against left-handed pitching.
Wood went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out seven.
Flores, who was expected to get the day off, was back in the lineup because Terry Collins wanted to rest Murphy, who missed most of spring training with a strained right hamstring. The shortstop, who had two errors in Friday night’s loss, was solid defensively except for one grounder in the eighth. He knocked down a fast ground ball to his left, but could not pop up and make a strong throw to get Jace Peterson at first. The Braves second baseman beat out the long-bounce throw.
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