It was Dinosaur Education today at Citi Field, so it was only appropriate that the 41-year-old Bartolo Colon took the mound for the Mets. Not only did the prehistoric pitcher look far from extinct, but he threw 121 pitches -- the most he's thrown in a game since 2004 -- while leading the Mets to an easy 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
Colon's two-seam fastball confounded the Pirates all afternoon, allowing him to strike out nine batters in seven-and-one-third innings while letting just six men on base. Pirates starter Charlie Morton would have kept pace if not for some defensive miscues. The Mets' first two runs were helped along by a pair of wild pitches in second and a pair of errors in the third.
New York scored its final three runs loudly with home runs by David Wright and Lucas Duda. Jeurys Familia recorded the final five outs to seal the win for the Mets and collect the team's first series win this month.
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