The Mets picked a good night to reportedly make one of their biggest trade in years — it overshadowed a crummy night on the field as the Padres drubbed the Mets. But Lucas Duda had a big night.
Bartolo Colon allowed two runs in each of the first three innings, including back-to-back homers by Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso to lead off the third. Colon allowed two more singles before mercifully being pulled. He lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits. His record dropped to 9-10 and his ERA soared to 4.96. That is the fourth worst ERA in the National League among qualified starters.
Duda provided the only Mets offense, hitting three solo home runs. He now has 18 on the season. Duda is red hot — six homers in the last four games. He becomes the second Met to hit three home runs at home in the team’s history. The first was earlier this month when Kirk Nieuwenhuis did it.
It was a strange night — Wilmer Flores, reportedly part of the trade for Carlos Gomez, started and stayed in for the entire game. He got a nice hand when he batted in the seventh inning, as fans in the stands knew what was going on. He appeared to be shedding a few tears as he ran onto the field for the eighth inning.
Mets lose 7-3 and fall to two games behind the Nationals.