Seattle-One of Bartolo Colon's favorite places to pitch over the years has been Seattle's Safeco Field. Colon entered today's game against the Seattle Mariners with a 12-1 record lifetime at Safeco, The New York Mets hoped that Colon's success would continue today as he showcased himself for a possible trade. Colon delivered in spades, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Mets (48-53) defeated the Mariners (53-48) 3-2.
The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Daniel Murphy's RBI double brought home Eric Young Jr. The lead would remain the same until the sixth, when a sacrifice fly from Juan Lagares made it 2-0. The last Mets' offense came in the top of the seventh when David Wright delivered an RBI single to make it 3-0. While offense was at a premium for the Mets, the shining star of today was Colon.
Colon (W, 9-8) was outstanding, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning. Colon lost his perfection when Robinson Cano singled to left with two outs in the seventh inning, but got Kyle Seager out to end the frame. Colon was not so lucky in the eighth, as he got hit a bit and gave up an RBI double to Brad Miller to get Seattle on the board at 3-1. Colon left with two men on in favor of Jeurys Familia, who got him out of the jam but at the cost of another run.
The Mets clung to their 3-2 lead until the bottom of the ninth, when Jenrry Mejia came on to try and preserve the win. Mejia had a shaky frame, letting two men record base hits, but he got out of the inning unscathed to pick up his 13th save of the season. The win also gave the Mets a critical series win in Seattle as they evened up their road trip record at 3-3.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award has to go to Bartolo Colon. Colon tossed 7.1 innings of two run ball, but the story was how he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. Colon rebuilt some serious trade value with this outing after a rough stretch over the last few weeks.
Post Game Notes:
- Taijuan Walker (L, 1-2) was the tough luck loser, allowing two runs in five innings of work on only two hits. Walker did walk six and strike out five.
- The Mets won with only four hits on the afternoon.
- Colon improves to 13-1 lifetime at Safeco Field.
- Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with a pitch and was immediately removed from the game. Eric Campbell took his place at shortstop for the rest of the afternoon.
The Mets take their road trip to Milwaukee for a four game weekend set with the Brewers (57-45). The series kicks off tomorrow night with Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) and Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA). First pitch at Miller Park is scheduled for 8:10 pm.
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