Posted by Craig Mitchell at 9:41 PM
Saturday night in Miami, the Mets exploded for 7 runs on 3 homers in the first two innings, while Bartolo Colon continued his resurgence. The Mets beat the Marlins 7-0. The Amazins jumped all over Miami starter Brad Hand. In the top of the 1st David Wright singled, Yoenis Cespedes walked and Travis d’Arnaud clubbed a three run homer, his 10th on the season. Wilmer Flores followed d’Arnaud with a solo homer, his 15th for a 4-0 Met lead. In the top of the 2nd Juan Lagares hit an opposite field 2 run homer, his 6th on the year and d’Arnaud added an RBI single for a 7-0 Met lead. Hand was gone after 1 2/3 innings allowing all 7 runs on 6 hits. Colon was brilliant, going the distance for his 1st shutout and complete game as a Met, his 13th career shutout and 1st since 2013 scattering 9 hits and striking out 2. Colon now has 25 consecutive scoreless innings. He’s now 13-11 on the season and his ERA drops to 4.18. Colon also featured an incredible behind the back toss to first on a squib up the first base line in the 6th to retire Justin Bour. It was the first complete game of the year for the Mets as they amassed 9 hits on the night. d’Arnaud led the way going 2 for 4 with the homer and 4 RBI. Wright and Lagares each had 2 hits apiece. With the win the Mets improve to 75-60 on the year and 30-36 on the road. The Nats were winning easily on Saturday night so the Mets hold their 5 game lead in the NL East. Sunday Afternoon is the rubber game of the series. Steven Matz (2-0 1.32) makes his return to the mound for the Mets, Jarred Cosart (1-4 5.36) goes for the Fish.