Bartolo Colon threw his second straight quality start to start the season and added a RBI single to carry the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Braves Sunday afternoon. And with it, the Mets finish their season-opening road trip at .500 on the eve of their home opener Monday against Philadelphia.
Colon gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings, with five strikeouts and no walks.
The bullpen also came up with two scoreless innings. Lefty reliever Jerry Blevins struck out Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman.
Although he didn’t start, the Mets scored the game-winner on pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Offensively, Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, and Lucas Duda had three hits.
MURPHY DOESN’T START: Personally, I thought Murphy should have started the season on the disabled list because of a pulled right hamstring. Still do.
That Murphy needed to rest Sunday because his hamstring remains sore, and has a .111 batting average, help support my premise. He just doesn’t look right, and spending the last week in Florida rehabbing would have been the prudent thing.
SYNDERGAARD SORE: As if the Mets didn’t have enough pitching problems, prospect Noah Syndergaard is dealing with forearm soreness.
Don’t forget, Matt Harvey’s elbow problem began with soreness in his elbow.
Syndergaard is scheduled to make his first start of Las Vegas’ Triple-A season Monday at Sacramento.
WHAT’S NEXT: Jacob deGrom (0-1, 3.00 ERA) will start Monday’s home opener against Philadelphia and former Met Aaron Harang.