Final Score: New York 7, Philadelphia 1
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Bartolo Colon pitched into the eighth
inning and Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run home run as the New York Mets
thumped the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-1, in the opener of a three-game series.
Colon (10-8) gave up 10 hits and a run in 7 2/3 innings, striking out six
while walking one to win his second straight start.
"The big picture is real simple and that's we got to play good," said New York
manager Terry Collins. "We made it a point when we started the last homestand
to play better at home and we did. If you play good, the record will speak for
Juan Lagares drove in two, while Lucas Duda scored twice for the Mets, who
have won five of their last seven.
Carlos Ruiz was the lone bright spot for the Phillies as he went 4-for-4 with
an RBI as the team fell for the sixth time in their past nine games. A.J.
Burnett (6-10) was banged up for all seven runs on eight hits in five innings
"I hung some pitches up there tonight," said Burnett. "I wasn't that sharp
tonight, and I'm capable of pitching a lot better than that."
The Mets jumped all over Burnett in the first inning and it got started with a
walk from Curtis Granderson and he scored when Daniel Murphy followed with a
double. Two batters later, Duda scored Murphy. Following a double from
d'Arnaud that put men on second and third, Lagares doubled home both runners
for a 4-0 lead.
The Phillies had baserunners in each of the first four innings, including
leaving men at the corners in the third, but were unable to push any across.
In the fifth, Duda walked with two outs and Chris Young followed with a single
before d'Arnaud launched a pitch over the left field wall for a 7-0 lead.
The Phillies left the bases loaded in the sixth as Cody Asche struck out to
end the frame.
Ruiz's RBI double in the eighth inning broke up Colon's shutout attempt.
New York reliever Dana Eveland was pulled in the ninth inning after getting
hit in the left elbow with a line drive off the bat of Ben Revere ... Colon
improved to 3-2 in seven career starts against the Phillies ... Burnett fell
to 5-7 in 22 career starts against the Mets ... The Phillies stranded 12 men
as the team was 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
07/29 01:01:45 ET
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