The Mets got all they could hope for this week, taking three of four against the Cardinals and heading into the weekend a 12-10 team. This most recent victory comes with much thanks to Bartolo Colon, who appears to be over his recent back issues after twirling a gem this afternoon.
Colon used a mix of four- and two-seam fastballs to strike out eight Cardinals in seven innings without walking even one. St. Louis was able to scratch out a run when Tony Cruz hit a two-out RBI double in the fifth innings, but the Mets struck right back when Chris Young hits his first home run of the season off of Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
The Amazins wouldn't stop there. They scored again in the sixth when Eric Young Jr. bunted to force a Lynn throwing error and was doubled home when Daniel Murphy sneaked a line drive by a diving Jon Jay. Two more runs were plated in the seventh on RBI hits by Curtis Granderson and Murphy, while Carlos Torres and Scott Rice combined to get the Mets through the eight. Daizuke Matsuzaka pitched a perfect ninth for the first save of his MLB career.
With Bobby Abreu in the lineup (and collecting his first Mets hit to boot), today was the first time the Mets started a pitcher and a position player who were both at least 40 years old since 1999. Rickey Henderson and Orel Hershisher turned the trick for that team.
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