Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Mets 10, Athletics 1
By Kieran Darcy
NEW YORK -- The Oakland Athletics own the best record in baseball, but the New York Mets were better Tuesday night -- much better.
Travis d'Arnaud homered in his return from Triple-A, and the struggling Chris Young went deep twice, as the Mets defeated Scott Kazmir and the A's in stunning fashion, 10-1, in front of 25,751 at Citi Field.
The Mets (36-41) have now won five of six, but remain in fourth place in the NL East, although only five games behind the first-place Nationals. The A's (47-30) remain in first place in the AL West, 4.5 games ahead of the second-place Angels.
Blast off! Curtis Granderson got the Mets on the board, with a two-run homer off Kazmir in the second inning, following an Eric Campbell double. It was Granderson's 10th of the season, which ties him for the team lead with Lucas Duda. Granderson entered the game batting .344 in June, with a .469 on-base percentage -- second-best in the big leagues.
Young, the next batter up, drove an 80-mph changeup into the left-field seats for his fifth home run -- the first time the Mets have hit back-to-back homers this season. It had to feel good for Young, who was confronted with a report about the Mets possibly releasing him before the game.
An inning later, d'Arnaud lofted a 75-mph changeup from Kazmir deep into the left-field seats as well, with two runners aboard. He hit only three home runs in 39 games with the Mets before being demoted, but hit six in his 15-game stint at Triple-A.
Young parked another ball in the left-field seats in the fifth inning, off reliever Jim Johnson, giving him his first multi-homer game since April 24, 2013, when he was a member of the A's.
Great Scott? Kazmir, the former Mets prospect whom the team traded away in a controversial deal back in 2004, was pitching in Queens for the first time, and entered the game with a 9-2 record and an American League-best 2.08 ERA. But he lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits, before being pulled.
By the way: Bartolo Colon continues to be one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. The big fella is now 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his past seven starts. He went eight innings Tuesday, allowing just one first-inning run on four hits, with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Colon also smacked a single to left field in the fourth inning, to the delight of his teammates and the fans -- his second consecutive game with a hit.
Seven up: Thanks to his RBI groundout in the sixth inning, David Wright has now driven in at least one run in seven consecutive games, tying a career high.
Nine for nine: All nine players in the Mets' starting lineup had at least one hit. Eric Young Jr. and Daniel Murphy each had two singles.
What's next: The second of two against the A's, before the Mets hit the road again. It'll be Zack Wheeler (3-7, 3.93) for New York, opposed by lefty Brad Mills (0-0, 4.50) for Oakland, with first pitch again scheduled for 7:10 p.m.