Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Pirates 0

May, 28, 2014
May 28
4:24
PM ET
NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon turned 41 last Saturday.

He doesn't look any older than he did last week. Or last year. Or the year before that.

Colon pitched into the eighth inning for the second consecutive start, allowing the New York Mets to end another rocky homestand with a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colon allowed just four hits and struck out nine, and his only walk was intentional.

After apparently talking manager Terry Collins out of pinch hitting for him in the seventh, Colon finished the day with 121 pitches, the most he had thrown in a game in nearly 10 years.

He gave the Mets a win on a day when they didn't do all that much offensively, other than home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda. Colon also limited the work for the bullpen on a day when Collins didn't have Jenrry Mejia available (Mejia threw two innings in his Tuesday night save).

With no Mejia, Collins turned to Jeurys Familia with two on and one out in the eighth, and Familia responded by getting ex-Met Ike Davis to ground into a first-pitch, inning-ending double play.

Familia stayed in to pitch the ninth and record his first save of the season. He is the sixth different Mets pitcher with a save, joining Mejia (four), Carlos Torres (one), Daisuke Matsuzaka (one) and the since-departed Kyle Farnsworth (three) and Jose Valverde (two). No other team has more than four pitchers with saves this season.

The Wright Citi? For all the talk about Mets hitters being intimidated by the Citi Field fences, Wright's home/road splits this season are virtually even. The one stat where they're not even is home runs, but only because Wright's four home runs have all come at home (including one Wednesday against Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton).

Then there's Duda, who overall has hit much better on the road (.323 batting average, .811 OPS) than at home (.163, .622 going into Wednesday). But six of Duda's seven home runs have been at Citi Field, including a long two-run home run off Bryan Morris in the eighth inning Wednesday.

Wright also committed two throwing errors, but his defense hasn't been an issue. The errors were just his fifth and sixth of the season. Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has twice as many, with his major league leading 12th helping lead to the Mets' second run Wednesday.

On to 3,000? No, obviously not for Colon, who recorded his 2,000th career strikeout when he got Davis looking in the sixth inning. But 2,000 strikeouts is a decent accomplishment.

Colon became the 70th pitcher with 2,000, and just the third active pitcher with that many. The other two: CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Tim Hudson, with 1,940, ranks fourth among active pitchers.

Colon has struck out 713 different hitters in his career. David Ortiz and Carlos Pena are his favorite victims, with 16 apiece.

A Familia hit: Because Familia was needed to finish the top of the eighth and because the Mets had a long bottom of the eighth, Familia got his first plate appearance in two years (and second of his big league career). He also got a hit, the first by a Mets reliever since Raul Valdes had three of them in 2010.

Situational walking, and running: The Mets scored the game's first run without a situational hit -- or any hit, for that matter. Duda led off the second inning with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Ruben Tejada failed to move him to third base, but Duda went to third on Juan Centeno's one-out ground ball and scored when Morton inexcusably threw a wild pitch with Colon at the plate.

What's next: With a rainout makeup scheduled for Monday night, the Mets will play the Philadelphia Phillies five times over the next five days. Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) starts the Thursday night opener for the Mets. Right-hander David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last week in his big league debut, starts for the Phillies.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
WB. Colon 11
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148