June 18, 2014: Colon Leads Six-Hitter Over Cards

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Date: June 18, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 3
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Eric Young, David Wright
Key play: Colon's double, Young’s two doubles, Wright’s single

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Bartolo Colon and two relievers teamed up for a six-hitter in a 3-2 Mets win.

Cards’ starter Lance Lynn pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Leading off the bottom half, Matt Carpenter hit a home run for a 1-0 Redbirds lead. Colon set down the next three St. Louis batters and Lynn hurled a scoreless top of the second. Yadier Molina singled with one out in the bottom of the inning. Kolten Wong then grounded to shortstop Wilmer Flores for an inning-ending double play.

Lynn held the Mets to a single by Taylor Teagarden in the top of the third. Colon retired the side in order in the bottom half and Daniel Murphy singled to open the top of the fourth. On his own hit, Murphy was out at second base via a throw by center fielder Jon Jay to shortstop Daniel Descalso. David Wright grounded out to Lynn and a walk to Curtis Granderson ensued. Lucas Duda went down on strikes to close out the inning and Jay doubled to begin the bottom half. Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch and Allen Craig hit a double play ground ball to Flores. Colon then retired Matt Adams on a pop-up to third baseman Wright for the inning’s third out.

Lynn set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth. Colon pitched a perfect bottom half and got a leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Eric Young doubled to drive home Colon with the tying run. Murphy grounded out to third baseman Carpenter and a single by Wright brought home Eric Young to put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Trying to advance, Wright was out at second base on right fielder Craig’s throw to Descalso. Granderson and Duda drew back-to-back walks and Lynn fanned Chris Young to end the inning. Colon then set down the Cardinals on three consecutive outfield fly balls in the bottom half.

Flores singled against St. Louis reliever Seth Maness with one out in the top of the seventh. Wilmer moved to second base on Colon’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Eric Young’s ground-rule double for a 3-1 Mets lead. Redbirds’ reliever Randy Choate struck out Murphy to end the inning and Colon set down all three hitters in the bottom half. Choate retired the side in order in the top of the eighth. Bartolo then gave up only a single to Descalso in the bottom of the inning.

Cards’ reliever Jason Motte yielded just a single to Teagarden in the top of the ninth. Carpenter doubled against the Mets’ Jenrry Mejia to lead off the bottom half. Jay got hit by a pitch and Holliday followed with a double play grounder to Flores. Craig singled to bring home Carpenter with the Cardinals’ second run. New York’s Dana Eveland then retired Adams on a ground ball to Wright for the final out of the game. The Mets had a six-hit victory to close out the series.