If the Mets were ever going to trade Bartolo Colon, now is the time his value might be at its highest. Colon took a perfect game into the seventh inning Wednesday as the Mets held on to defeat the Mariners and take the series.
The Mets got on the board in the first, as they are prone to do. Eric Young walked and then broke too early in a steal attempt. However, Young was able to beat the throw to second on a close play. Daniel Murphy doubled him home to make it 1-0.
A scary moment in the fifth when Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch. He was able to walk off the field on his own. Eric Campbell replaced him at shortstop.
The Mets blew a chance to break the game open in the sixth inning. David Wright led off with a single. Lucas Duda and Bobby Abreu walked to load the bases with no outs. But Chris Young grounded weakly to third; Wright was forced out at home. Juan Lagares hit a flare to center that was barely deep enough to score Duda from third to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Anthony Recker grounded out to end the inning, giving the Mets just one run for their troubles.
The Mets added to their lead in the seventh. Eric Young singled with one out. Murphy walked and Wright singled to score Young to make it 3-0.
Robinson Cano finally got to Colon with a two-out single in the seventh inning to end the perfect game bid.
Then they ended the shutout bid in the eighth. Corey Hart led off the inning with a walk. With one out Dustin Ackley singled and Brad Miller followed with a shot off the wall in right, just missing a three-run home run that would have tied the game. Hart scored to make it 3-1. Colon made his exit with one out and runners on second and third. Jeurys Familia came on to face Willie Bloomquist. He hit a slow roller up the middle. Campbell made the play but the umpire said Bloomquist beat the throw. The Mets challenged (he was clearly out) and the call was quickly overruled. The run scored anyway to make it 3-2. With two outs and a runner on third, Endy Chavez struck out to end the inning.
So Bartolo Colon went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out five and walked one.
The Mariners got runners to first and second with two outs in the ninth but Jenrry Mejia was able to strike out Logan Morrison to end the game.
Mets win 3-2. They took two out of three in Seattle and are now 3-3 on the difficult road trip. Now onto Milwaukee to decide if this trip will be a disaster or a success.