Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Colon delivers for Mets

ASSOCIATED PRESS Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon returns to the dugout after he doubled and scored in the sixth inning.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon returns to the dugout after he doubled and scored in the sixth inning.
LANCE LYNN figured the numbers did not lie and Bartolo Colon would be an automatic out. The rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, too.

Lynn was philosophical about the 41-year-old Colon's first extra-base hit of his career and first hit - period - in 9 years that keyed the rally yesterday that helped the visiting Mets win, 3-2.

Lynn joked that Colon was probably due.

"I thought there was no way he was swinging, and he swung," Lynn said. "In all honesty, that at-bat right there cost us the game.

"You don't expect him to be the one that starts something like that, and he did."

Colon said through a translator he got what he wished for - a fastball - and would have whiffed on a breaking pitch. Twice, he loosened up the dugout running the bases.

"It made everybody laugh," leadoff man Eric Young Jr. "Sometimes laughter gets everything going and you can start having fun playing baseball."

In addition to his keepsake double, Colon worked eight dominant innings in 91-degree heat against a lineup that totaled 11 runs the first two games.

"He got a lot of weak contact," catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "That's exactly what you want from your starter on a tough day game, a get-away game after already being down 0-2 in the series."

Eric Young and David Wright had an RBI apiece in a two-run sixth that put the Mets up by a run, and Young added an RBI double off Seth Maness in the seventh - a run aided by Colon's second sacrifice of the game. A day after dropping their sixth straight series in St. Louis, the Mets ended an eight-game road losing streak dating to June 3.

Matt Carpenter hit his third career leadoff homer for the Cardinals, who lost for the second time in nine games. They had just one runner in scoring position against Colon (7-5), who retired 13 in a row before Daniel Descalso singled with two outs in the eighth.

"He left one out over the plate and I was able to put a good swing on it," Carpenter said. "But he didn't make any mistakes after that one."

Colon was 0-for-43 at the plate since June 10, 2005, when he was with the Angels and singled off the Mets' Mike DeJean. He had taken only 17 at-bats while in the American League from 2006-13.

Colon surprised Lance Lynn (7-5) with a double just inside the third-base line to open the sixth. He scored his second career run, and first since 2002 with the Expos at Milwaukee, when Young followed with a double.

Colon won his fifth straight decision and matched his season best for innings, needing just 86 pitches. He allowed four hits, had a season-low one strikeout and walked none.

In NL games

* At Miami, Jake Arrieta (3-1) had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings, and Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Marlins, 6-1. By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, the last-place Cubs won consecutive road series for the first time since June 2013.

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 20th homer in the first but left the game after six innings with a bruised left wrist. His status is day to day.

* At Pittsburgh, Skip Schumaker and Billy Hamilton each drove in three runs and Cincinnati rode a seven-run third inning against ex-Red Edinson Volquez (4-6) to an 11-4 win over the Pirates.

In AL games

* At Detroit, the Kansas City Royals won their 10th straight game, extending the team's best streak in 20 years when Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning to beat the Tigers, 2-1. The AL Central-leading Royals have not won this many games in a row since a run of 14 in a row in 1994. They extended their division lead over the Tigers to 1 1/2 games. Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Kevin Gausman pitched six shutout innings, Steve Pearce's opposite-field double snapped a scoreless tie and Nelson Cruz added his major league-leading 22nd home run to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-0.

* At Boston, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers with one out in the 10th inning and the Red Sox rallied past Minnesota, 2-1, sending the Twins to their fifth straight loss. Boston was held to one hit - a fifth-inning double by Daniel Nava - before the homers.

* At Oakland, Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth inning and Sonny Gray (7-3) pitched the Athletics over the Texas Rangers, 4-2. Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson each had two hits for the A's. Oakland has won four of five and is a season-high 16 games over .500 at 44-28, the best record in the majors.

* At Cleveland, the game between the Los Angeles Angels and Indians was postponed because of rain. There was no immediate word on a makeup date.

* At New York, Brian McCann hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and later added a bases-loaded triple to help the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the first-place Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees beat Mark Buehrle (10-4) for the ninth straight time and handed the Blue Jays their 15th loss in a row in the Bronx. Rookie Chase Whitley (3-0) remained unbeaten in seven starts since making his big-league debut this season.

In interleague

* At Chicago, Jose Abreu hit his 20th homer, a two-run shot in the first inning, Adam Dunn added a three-run homer, and the White Sox beat San Francisco, 7-6, the Giants' fifth straight loss.

* At Washington, Nate McClouth's pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh inning lifted the Nationals to a 6-5 win over Houston.

Noteworthy

* The San Diego Padres have scheduled a public tribute to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for June 26 at Petco Park.
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