Bartolo Colon was the victim tonight. In the first the Cards made it 1-0 on a RBI ground rule double by Jhonny Peralta. In the Bottom of the third Colon reached on an error by Yadier Molina. Back to back singles by Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda followed to load the bases with 1 out. Colon’s base running inexperience hurt the Mets as he failed to tag up on a fly to center field and the Mets wound up not scoring in the inning. Then came the top of the 4th. The Cards got to Colon for 6 runs on 4 hits. Jason Heyward let the inning off with a solo homer, his 4th of the year. Kolton Wong added an RBI single to make it 3-0. Matt Holliday then singled home Wong for a 4-0 lead. Matt Adams capped the inning off with a 3 run homer, his 4th on the year and it was 7-0 Cards. Believe it or not Colon stayed in the game. In the 5th he got charged with 2 more runs. Randal Grichuk doubled home Heyward to make it 8-0. Jack Leathersich came in and yielded the 9th run on another RBI single by Wong. Colon went 4 1/3 allowing 11 hits 9 runs (8 earned) walking 2 and striking out 4. Colon’s streak of not allowing a walk ended shy of the Mets all-time record set by Bret Saberhagen.
Carlos Martinez shut the Mets down for 6 1/3 innings allowing just 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5.
Colon takes the loss falling to 6-3. Martinez gets the win and improves to 3-3. The Cards mashed 14 hits on the night. Wong and Holliday each had 3 hits apiece. The Mets scratched out 4 hits; Duda led the way going 2 for 4.
With the loss the Mets fall to 23-18 on the year and with a win by the Nationals fall 1 game out of first place. The Mets are 16-6 at Citi Field on the year. Thursday afternoon at 1:10 pm EST the Mets look to even out the series. Jacob deGrom (4-4 3.21) goes for the Mets. Jaime Garcia (0-0 0.00) makes his season debut for the Cards.