August 8, 2014: Mets Hold Off Phils for Colon's 200th

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Date: August 8, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 5
Phillies: 4
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Lagares’s double, d’Arnaud’s home run

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Friday night in Philadelphia. The teams played the opener of a four-game series. Bartolo Colon recorded the 200th win of his career as the Mets defeated the Phils, 5-4.

Colon and Phillies’ starter A. J. Burnett each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Travis d'Arnaud and Kirk Nieuwenhuis got back-to-back singles to open the top of the fourth. Juan Lagares doubled to drive home d’Arnaud and advanced to third base on Wilmer Flores’s single that scored Nieuwenhuis. Colon bunted foul for a third strike and Curtis Granderson singled to plate Lagares. Daniel Murphy hit a single off first baseman Ryan Howard’s glove to bring home Flores for a 4-0 Mets lead. Burnett got David Wright to hit a ground ball to shortstop Jimmy Rollins for an inning-ending double play. Colon then gave up only a single to Chase Utley in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the fifth, d’Arnaud homered for the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Nieuwenhuis and Lagares were struck out to end the inning and Colon hurled a perfect bottom half. Flores got a single to begin the top of the sixth. Bartolo again was struck out on a fouled bunt and Granderson drew a walk. Burnett fanned Murphy and got Wright on a force play grounder to Rollins for the inning’s third out. Utley singled with two outs in the bottom half. Colon then got Howard to hit a ground ball to third baseman Wright and close out the inning.

Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo set down the side in order in the top of the seventh. Leading off the bottom half, Marlon Byrd slugged a home run to reduce the Mets’ lead to 5-1. Colon retired the next three batters to end the inning and the Phils’ Justin De Fratus pitched a perfect top of the eighth. Bartolo retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Wright got a two-out single against Phillies’ reliever Cesar Jimenez in the top of the ninth. With Lucas Duda at bat and the Philadelphia infield shifted, Wright was caught stealing second base on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throw to third baseman Cody Asche for the final out of the inning.

Utley doubled against Mets’ reliever Dana Eveland to open the bottom of the ninth. Howard drew a walk and Jenrry Mejia came in to pitch for New York. Byrd greeted Mejia with a single that loaded the bases and Grady Sizemore hit a double to drive home both Utley and Howard. Ruiz was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Granderson. Asche grounded out to first baseman Duda to plate Byrd and cut the Mets lead to one run. Mejia then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Reid Brignac to finish off the game. The Mets had come away with a victory and Colon became a 200-game winner.