Pittsburgh-For his last seven starts, Bartolo Colon was pitching on another planet. Colon had gone 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven turns for the New York Mets heading into his start this afternoon with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It turned out to be only a lucky seven, however, as the Pirates (42-40) managed to knock Colon around for five runs in six innings of work. The Pirates would go on to win 5-2 over the Mets (37-45).
The Pirates got two men on with one out against Colon in the top of the first inning, and Ike Davis brought them home with a two run single to give the Buccos a 2-0 lead. After Josh Harrison swapped places with Ike Davis on a fielder's choice, Pedro Alvarez stroked an RBI double to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. Alvarez would strike again in the fourth, delivering a two run homer off of Colon to push Pittsburgh's lead to 5-0. That would be all the damage against Colon, who lasted six innings but allowed five runs on seven hits. Colon (L, 8-6) walked one and struck out two for the afternoon.
The Mets couldn't get anything done offensively against Edinson Volquez, a pitcher they usually beat up. Volquez (W, 6-6) did give the Mets plenty of chances by giving up eight hits over his six innings of work, but the Mets couldn't get a clutch hit when they needed one to get back in the ball game. Volquez ended up throwing six shutout innings and striking out seven while walking one.
The Mets wouldn't get on the scoreboard until the top of the ninth inning, when they picked up two runs against Pirates' reliever Jared Hughes. Pirates' manager Clint Hurdle ended up needing to go to his closer, Mark Melancon, to record the final out. The Mets had a chance to make things interesting when they got the tying run to the plate in the form of Curtis Granderson. Granderson flew out to right to end the game though, giving Melancon his 15th save of the season and the Pirates a series win.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to Pirates' third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI's on the afternoon, including the back breaking two run homer off of Colon in the fifth inning.
Post Game Notes:
- Curtis Granderson failed to record a hit in the entire series and went hitless against the Pirates this season.
- The Mets went 2-15 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
- The Pirates won the season series with the Mets four games to three.
The Mets will continue their road trip with a flight down south to Atlanta, Georgia for a three game series with the Atlanta Braves. The Mets and Braves (44-38) haven't met since April, when the teams split their first six meetings of the year. The Mets will send Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.45 ERA) to the mound, while the Braves will counter with lefty Alex Wood (6-6, 3.07 ERA). First pitch at Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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