June 13, 2014: Colon and Abreu Lead Mets Past Padres

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Date: June 13, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 6
Padres: 2
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Bobby Abreu, Lucas Duda, Matt den Dekker
Key play: Abreu’s RBI singles, Duda’s and den Dekker’s doubles in 4th

The Mets faced the Padres on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Bartolo Colon pitched seven and one-third innings of four-hit ball and Bobby Abreu collected four hits in a 6-2 Mets win over San Diego.

Will Venable drew a walk to lead off the top of the first. Everth Cabrera hit a single and Colon retired the next three batters on outfield fly balls to end the inning. Padres’ starter Andrew Cashner set down the side in order in the bottom half and Yonder Alonso singled to begin the top of the second. Rene Rivera slugged a homer for a 2-0 San Diego lead. Alexi Amarista was retired on a ground ball to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Colon then threw a called third strike past Cashner and got Venable on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Young for the inning’s third out.

Abreu doubled to open the bottom of the second. Young flied out to center fielder Venable and a line drive by Lucas Duda was caught by left fielder Carlos Quentin. Taylor Teagarden hit a single to score Abreu and cut the Padres’ lead to 2-1. Matt den Dekker went down on strikes to close out the inning and Colon hurled a perfect top of the third. Cashner then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Colon retired all three San Diego hitters in the top of the fourth. Abreu got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Young lined out to Quentin and a double by Duda brought home Abreu to tie the game. Teagarden walked and den Dekker followed with a ground rule double to plate Duda, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. Cashner then retired Colon on a grounder to third baseman Chase Headley to finish off the inning.

Colon pitched a perfect top of the fifth. Ruben Tejada got a leadoff single in the bottom half. Murphy drew a walk and David Wright hit a ground ball on which Headley made an outstanding grab and turned into a double play. Abreu singled to drive home Murphy and extend the Mets’ lead to 4-2. Young lined out to shortstop Cabrera to end the inning and Colon retired the side in order in the top of the sixth. Cashner then gave up only a ground-rule double to Duda in the bottom half.

Colon set down the Padres 1-2-3 once again in the top of the seventh. Tejada doubled against San Diego reliever Kevin Quackenbush to open the bottom of the inning. Murphy singled to send Tejada to third base and stole second. Wright hit a sacrifice fly to score Tejada and move Murphy to third. Against the Padres’ Troy Patton, Abreu singled for his fourth hit to bring home Murphy with the Mets’ sixth run of the game. Patton then retired Young on a line drive to Venable and threw a called third strike past Duda for the inning’s final out.

Amarista hit a double against Colon to begin the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica was called out on strikes and Mets’ reliever Josh Edgin struck out pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia. Amarista advanced to third base on a wild pitch and consecutive walks to Cabrera and Smith loaded the bases. New York’s Vic Black retired Quentin on a grounder to third baseman Wright to end the inning. San Diego reliever Tim Stauffer then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Headley doubled against Mets’ reliever Jeurys Familia to lead off the top of the ninth. Alonso grounded out to Wright and a pop-up by Rivera was caught by shortstop Tejada. Familia then retired Amarista on a ground ball to Tejada that brought the game to an end. The Mets had a victory to start the series.