Collins gives Colon pass because of travel


NEW YORK -- Terry Collins said he thought Bartolo Colon deserved a pass for surrendering six runs in 5 1/3 innings because of the veteran right-hander's emotional turmoil and the physical toll of travel from the past week. Colon twice traveled to the Dominican Republic, most recently for Thursday's funeral for his mother.

"I'm going to cut him a little slack this time," Collins said after the Mets lost to the Phillies, 7-2, at Citi Field on Saturday. "That's some long trips he had in the last 10 days back and forth like that. Dan [Warthen] came out of the bullpen and said it's like he hasn't missed any time at all. He said he warmed up great. We saw it at the beginning. I don't know if he just ran out of gas. Obviously he was getting way too much plate. He's usually down, down, down and goes up when he wants to. And those balls were pretty much thigh-high."

Colon said through an interpreter the travel wasn't a big factor in his performance.

"I feel a little tired, but it didn't really affect how I performed in the game," he said.