Posted by Craig Mitchell at 3:58 PM
Bartolo Colon started for the Mets and once again got it done on the mound and at the plate. The Mets took a 3-1 lead after 3 scoring single runs in the first three innings. In the first a grounder by Wilmer Flores went through Justin Bour’s legs bringing home Lucas Duda and a 1-0 lead. The Fish tied in the top of the 2nd when Ichiro scored on a fielder’s choice by Christian Yelich.
In the 2nd in arguably the most entertaining at bat of the day, Colon hit a double that eluded Marcel Ozuna and rolled all the way to the wall in center scoring Anthony Recker for a 2-1 lead. In the third, Flores who had already made a great play in the field hit a solo homer, his 8th on the year for a 3-1 lead.
But the Marlins chipped away. They made it 3-2 in the 5th when Yelich scored on a Donovan Solano grounder. They tied the game in the 6th when Bour hit his second homer of the series, #5 on the year for Bour and the game was tied at 3. In the 7th Juan Lagares singled to right and stole 2nd. Curtis Granderson was intentionally walked. Then Tejada came up and doubled over the head of Yelich in left scoring Lagares with the go head run.
Colon when 7 allowing hits all 3 hits (all earned) striking out 2. He gets the win joining Felix Hernandez as the lead in wins at 8-3. Jeurys Familia came in with 1 out in the 8th and completed the 5 run save for this 15th on the year.
The Met offense only produced 6 hits on the day, but they made them count as three of them were for extra bases.
With the win and the Nats losing the Mets climb to within a 1/2 game of first in the NL East. the Mets salvage the final game of the three game set and improve to 28-23 and 21-8 at Citi Field.
Next up the Mets hit the road and the west coast as they make their annual visit to San Diego. Monday night Jacob deGrom (5-4 2.71) goes for the Mets. Fireballer Andrew Cashner (2-7 3.00) goes for the Padres.