May 5, 2015: Colon Leads Mets Past Orioles
|Date: May 5, 2015|
|Mets starter: Bartolo Colon|
|Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon|
|Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Daniel Murphy, Kevin Plawecki|
|Key play: Murphy's RBI single, Plawecki's double|
The Mets faced the Orioles on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a two-game interleague series. Bartolo Colon recorded nine strikeouts in seven and two-thirds inning pitched as the Mets defeated Baltimore, 3-2.
Colon and the Orioles' Bud Norris each pitched scoreless ball from the first inning to the third. Bartolo fanned four batters (all on called third strikes) and Norris shut down the Mets on three singles and a walk. Adam Jones and Chris Davis got back-to-back singles to begin the top of the fourth. Delmon Young grounded out to Colon to advance the runners to second and third base. Colon then fanned Caleb Joseph and retired Travis Snider on a ground ball to first baseman Lucas Duda to close out the inning.
Duda hit a double to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Michael Cuddyer grounded out to catcher Joseph and a single by Daniel Murphy drove home Duda. Wilmer Flores doubled and came around to score with Murphy on a double by Kevin Plawecki for a 3-0 Mets lead. Norris then got Dilson Herrera to fly out to center fielder Jones and struck out Colon to finish off the inning.
Colon chalked up four more strikeouts and gave up only a single to Young from the fifth inning to the seventh. Norris hurled a trio of scoreless bottom halves and Manny Machado slugged a solo home run against Colon with one out in the top of the eighth. Jimmy Paredes was retired on a fly ball to left fielder Cuddyer. Mets' reliever Carlos Torres got Jones to ground out to shortstop Flores and end the inning. Baltimore's Brian Matusz then set down the side in order in the bottom half.
Leading off the top of the ninth, Davis homered against Mets' reliever Jeurys Familia. Young went down on strikes and Joseph flied out to Cuddyer. Snider then grounded back to Familia for the game's final out. The Mets had a victory to start the series.