Final Score: New York 5, Pittsburgh 0
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Behind Bartolo Colon's best start of the
season, the New York Mets claimed their first series win at home in a month by
coming away with a 5-0 triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Colon (4-5) racked up a season-best nine strikeouts -- including the 2,000th
of his career -- while limiting the Pirates to five hits and a walk over 7 1/3
David Wright and Lucas Duda supplied the offense to help the Mets take the
rubber match of the three-game set, with Wright finishing 2-for-3 with a homer
and two RBI and Duda belting a two-run shot and scoring twice.
Hurt by four walks and a pair of Pittsburgh errors, Pirates starter Charlie
Morton (1-7) was dealt the loss after being reached for three runs -- two
earned -- over 5 1/3 innings.
Morton's inconsistency in finding the strike zone was most evident in the
second inning, as he issued a leadoff walk to Duda and a pair of wild pitches
-- the second of which brought in the game's first run with two out and the
non- threatening Colon at the plate.
Poor defense behind him led to another New York run an inning later. A pair of
errors on a routine ground ball -- third baseman Pedro Alvarez threw wildly to
first and shortstop Jordy Mercer dropped the throw to second -- put Daniel
Murphy in position to score on Wright's single to left for a 2-0 lead.
"The defense hasn't been good, we've been challenged," Pirates manager Clint
Hurdle said. "It's been one of our staples."
Wright extended the margin with a leadoff homer in the sixth, and Duda crushed
a Bryan Morris fastball off the second deck facade in right with Curtis
Granderson aboard in the eighth to lengthen the Mets' advantage to 5-0.
"I'm enjoying the home runs there, it's kind of instant offense," Wright said.
"I judge my at-bats and I judge my production by other things than just home
Colon didn't need the help, however. The veteran right-hander didn't allow a
runner past second base at any point of his stint and yielded a mere three
hits prior to consecutive singles from Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen that
chased him with one out in the top of the eighth.
Jeurys Familia got former Met Ike Davis to ground into a double play, however,
then polished off the shutout in the ninth to notch his first save of the
The Mets had lost four straight series at Citi Field since taking two of three
games from Miami on April 25-27, while their back-to-back home wins are their
first since April 24-25 ... Colon's 2,000th career strikeout came when he
caught Davis looking in the sixth inning ... Walker, playing in his 600th
career game, extended his hitting streak to nine games with his single ...
McCutchen and Alvarez each went 2-for-4 for Pittsburgh ... Mercer finished 0-
for-4 and in now hitless in 21 straight at-bats.
05/28 19:43:38 ET
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