Chris Young may or may not be in danger of being released when Juan Lagares comes back from the disabled list later this week. Well, Chris Young apparently heard the rumors and wants to stick around because he hit two home runs Tuesday night as the Mets beat the A’s at Citi Field.
Bartolo Colon, facing his former team, allowed a two-out single in the first inning and Yoenis Cespedes followed with an RBI double to give the A’s the early lead.
The Mets hammered former Met phenom Scott Kazmir in the second. Eric Campbell led off with a double. Curtis Granderson then hit his 10th home run of the season, a laser beam to right, to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Chris Young, also facing his former team, hit a long home run to left to make it 3-1.
The Mets did not let up in the third. Daniel Murphy led off with a single and moved to third on a David Wright double. Murphy scored when Granderson grounded out to extend the lead to 4-1. Chris Young walked and Travis d’Arnaud, in his first game back from the minors, hit a three run bomb and suddenly the Mets had a 7-1 lead.
That was all for Kazmir, who came into the game as one of the top pitchers in baseball with a record of 9-2 with a 2.08 ERA. He is now 9-3 with a 2.66 ERA.
Chris Young hit his second home run of the night in the fifth, a solo shot to make it 8-1.
The Mets added two runs in the sixth to make it a 10-1 game — the second straight game the Mets have scored double-digit runs.
Colon went eight innings for the second start in a row, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out right and walked just one. Colon raised his record to 8-5 and lowered his ERA to 3.67. Remember when he had the highest ERA in the National League?
Mets win 10-1, the fifth win in their last six games.