Bartolo Colon got the start for the Mets in a Memorial Day matinée against the Phillies. He has been in a rough patch, seeing his ERA rise from 2.90 to 4.85 over his last three starts. He pitched well but not great on Monday, but good enough to earn his seventh win of the season, tied for the league lead.
The Mets offense, which scored all of four runs while getting swept in Pittsburgh, actually scored a run in the first inning. After Curtis Granderson singled and Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch, Granderson scored on a Daniel Murphy single. However, two strikeouts, the Mets Achilles Heal these days (they struck out nine times after three straight double-digit totals), ended the inning.
The Phillies took the lead in the third on a two-run single by a resurgent Chase Utley.
Lucas Duda tied the score in the bottom of the inning with his sixth home run on the season.
Michael Cuddyer broke the tie leading off the fourth with a long home run into the second deck in left field.
However, a sacrifice fly by Ryan Howard, also enjoying a resurgence these days, tied the game at three.
The Mets blew a chance to take the lead in the fifth. Slugger Colon led off the fifth with a single. Granderson also singled to put runners on first and second. Lagares flied out to deep center, and Colon actually tagged up on the play, learning his lesson when he failed to score from third on a fly ball in his last start. That chased starter Severino Gonzalez from the game (by the way, he struck out eight Mets in 4.1 innings). But Elvis Araujo got Duda to hit a comebacker that he turned into an inning-ending double play.
The Mets turned to the long ball again in the sixth. With two on, Wilmer Flores launched one over the wall in left to give the Mets a 6-3 lead. His seventh home run on the season leads the team.
Colon lasted six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked two. He is now 7-3, but with an ERA of 4.82.
The bullpen threw three scoreless innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up his 14th save, tying him for the league lead, and the Mets snap their three-game losing streak, 6-3.