The slumping – but not yet reeling – Mets showed wake-up signs tonight in a 3-2 victory over the Orioles. The Mets had lost seven of their last ten games going in.
Tonight was about Bartolo Colon (W, 5-1), who was magnificent, giving up on run on six hits and no walks with nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
With his pitch count low, manager Terry Collins pushed the envelope by letting Colon come out for the eighth. But, Collins had seen enough when after one out, Manny Machado homered and Jimmy Paredes flied to the warning track in left.
Carlos Torres relieved Colon and got Adams Jones on a grounder to shortstop. Jeurys Familia earned his major league leading 11th save, but not before giving up a homer to Chris Davis leading off the ninth.
The game’s turning point came long before that, when the Orioles appeared poised to break though in the top of the fourth when Jones and Davis lead off with singles. Delmon Young followed with a dribbler to the right of the mound Colon pounced on and threw to first. Colon then struck out Caleb Joseph and Travis Snider to end the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, the Mets snapped a string of 21 scoreless innings on a double by Lucas Duda, single by Daniel Murphy and back-to-back doubles by Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki.
The Mets improved to 17-10 overall and 12-3 at home.
Jacob deGrom, who was hit hard in his last two starts by the Yankees and Nationals, will start Wednesday night against Baltimore.