June 24, 2014: Four Homers Rout Athletics

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Date: June 24, 2014
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 10
Athletics: 1
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Bartolo Colon
Key play: Mets’ home runs

The Mets faced the Athletics on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a two-game interleague series. The Mets connected for four home runs in a 10-1 win over Oakland.

Brandon Moss got a two-out single against Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon in the top of the first inning. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a double to drive home Moss for a 1-0 Athletics lead. Stephen Vogt flied out to left fielder Eric Young to end the inning and Oakland’s Scott Kazmir pitched a scoreless bottom half. Colon surrendered just a walk to Josh Reddick in the top of the second and Eric Campbell doubled to lead off the bottom of the inning. Curtis Granderson slugged a home run to put the Mets in front. An ensuing homer by Chris Young extended the New York lead to 3-1. Travis d'Arnaud went down on strikes and Ruben Tejada singled to right field. Colon laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Tejada to second base. Kazmir then fanned Eric Young for the inning’s third out.

Colon set down the side in order in the top of the third. Daniel Murphy hit a single to open the bottom half. David Wright doubled and Campbell was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Josh Donaldson. Granderson grounded out to first baseman Moss to bring home Murphy and a walk to Chris Young ensued. D’Arnaud clouted a three-run homer to increase the Mets’ lead to 7-1. Kazmir then struck out Tejada to finish off the inning.

Colon yielded just a single to Cespedes in the top of the fourth. Bartolo singled against Athletics’ reliever Jim Johnson to begin the bottom half. Johnson retired the next three Mets batters on infield ground balls and Colon gave up only a single to Coco Crisp in the top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Chris Young hit his second home run (and the Mets’ fourth) for an 8-1 New York lead. D’Arnaud then grounded back to Johnson to close out the inning.

Colon hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Oakland reliever Jeff Francis hit Tejada with a pitch to open the bottom half. Tejada moved to second base on Colon’s ground out to Donaldson and to third on a single by Eric Young. Murphy singled to score Tejada and send Eric Young to third. On his own hit, Murphy advanced to second via a throw. Wright grounded out to second baseman Alberto Callaspo to drive home Eric Young with the Mets’ tenth run of the game. Francis then retired Campbell on a line drive to left fielder Cespedes that ended the inning.

Colon and Francis each pitched perfect ball in the seventh and eighth. Mets’ reliever Vic Black got Moss on a pop-up to third baseman Wright to start the top of the ninth. Cespedes was retired on a foul pop-up to first baseman Campbell. Black then struck out Francis to end the game. The Mets had an easy victory on the strength of four homers.