April 24, 2014: Colon Leads Stifling of Redbirds

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Date: April 24, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 4
Cardinals: 1
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Chris Young, Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Young’s home run, Murphy’s single and double, Granderson’s single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Bartolo Colon recorded eight strikeouts in seven solid innings in a 4-1 Mets win over St. Louis.

Colon and the Cards’ Lance Lynn each pitched four scoreless innings to start the game. Bartolo threw three called third strikes past Redbird batters while Lynn chalked up six strikeouts of his own in shutting down the Mets. To begin the top of the fifth, Colon fanned both Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso. Kolten Wong hit a single and came around to score on a double by Tony Cruz. Lynn reached on Colon’s error and Matt Carpenter went down on strikes to end the inning. Leading off the bottom half, Chris Young homered to tie the game at 1-1. Bobby Abreu hit a double and consecutive strikeouts of Anthony Recker and Ruben Tejada ensued. Lynn then retired Colon on a ground ball to catcher Cruz to finish off the inning.

Colon got Jon Jay and Matt Adams for his seventh and eighth strikeouts in a perfect top of the sixth. Eric Young reached second base on Lynn’s error to begin the bottom half. Daniel Murphy doubled to score Eric Young and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. David Wright was hit by a pitch and Lucas Duda was called out on strikes. Chris Young was retired on a pop-up to shortstop Descalso. Abreu then grounded out to first baseman Adams to end the inning.

Colon yielded only a single to Wong in the top of the seventh. Recker drew a walk against Lynn to open the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Tejada advanced Recker to second base. Pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson singled against Cardinals’ reliever Kevin Siegrist to drive home Recker for a 3-1 Mets lead. On his own hit, Granderson got caught between bases and was tagged out by Adams. Eric Young tripled and scored the fourth New York run on a single by Murphy. St. Louis’s Carlos Martinez then got Wright to pop out to second baseman Mark Ellis and finish off the inning.

Ellis drew a leadoff walk against the Mets’ Carlos Torres in the top of the eighth. Carpenter hit a force play grounder to shortstop Tejada and a fly ball by Jay was caught by center fielder Chris Young. Matt Holliday walked and Adams grounded back to New York reliever Scott Rice for the inning’s third out. The Cards’ Eric Fornataro then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka retired Craig on a line drive to right fielder Granderson to start the top of the ninth. Descalso went down in strikes. Matsuzaka then retired pinch-hitter Peter Bourjos on a foul pop-up to catcher Recker to end the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.

Notes

  • The save for Matsuzaka was the first of his eight seasons in the major leagues.