The Mets' offense exploded for four home runs to help lift Bartolo Colon to his first win of the season in New York's 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.. >> Read the recap on SNY.tv
- Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker all went deep for the Mets, who entered the contest with just two homers in their first eight games. They hit three home runs in the fifth.
- The Mets had 14 hits, raising their team batting average from .194 to .216.
- Colon allowed two runs and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings to earn his 219th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for second all-time by a Dominican-born pitcher. Hall of Famer Juan Marichal holds the record with 243 victories. Colon's first 75 wins came as a member of the Indians from 1997-2002.
- Cespedes and De Aza both had three hits and both fell a triple shy of the cycle.
- Both New York and Cleveland had runs taken off the board courtesy of instant replay. Carlos Santana's two-run homer in the first was deemed foul and Walker was ruled out at home in the second.
- The Indians rallied for three runs in the ninth off Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, who retired Jose Ramirez with the tying and winning runs on base to notch his third save.
- David Wright singled in the third and has reached base safely in 18 straight games dating back to last September.
Quotes. . .
- Collins on the offense: "I think we're going to be all right offensively...power is something we're going to have to have."
- Collins on batting Conforto third: "I saw what he did in the World Series. That spoke volumes that he certainly can handle the situation of hitting third. We decided to give it a shot."
- Conforto on batting third: "It's a spot I want to earn. There are things I have to do to earn it. Today was a step in the right direction."
- Colon on matching Pedro in career wins: "It means a lot. Pedro Martinez back in my homeland of the Dominican Republic is a special person."
News & Notes
- Every Mets player - like the rest of Major League Baseball - honored Jackie Robinson on Friday by wearing No. 42 on their uniforms.
- The Mets last played the Indians in 2013, dropping two of three. They are 9-4 all-time against Cleveland and 168-157 (.517) since interleague play began in 1997, the second-best mark in the National League behind the Cardinals.
- Jacob deGrom (sore right lat) threw a bullpen session on Friday in Port St. Lucie and will do so again on Sunday. However, due to his extended layoff, it is likely he will be placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 9 with Logan Verrett again replacing him on Tuesday in Philadelphia. He should return when his spot in the rotation.
Whew! It was great to see the offense break out for four dingers tonight, with 14 hits in total. Let's all hope that this is the beginning of the bats getting it together and starting down the road that we all know they're capable of.
This is a high-powered ball club when the bats are connecting -- we just got the first real glimpse of it tonight. As for the bullpen, things got a little shaky late, but as Gary Cohen said, the team was able to stumble to the finish line.
This is a game Familia shouldn't have needed to enter, but there he was in his fourth-straight game. Hope this doesn't catch up with him -- sooner or later.
Regis Courtemanche: I'm a lifelong nail biter and tonight didn't make things any easier for me. What should have been "good night panic city" became a very tense, weirdly long game. Bastardo and Robles were stellar in relief of Bartolo. Then something happened...
Addison Reed forced Terry's hand in the ninth and Familia came in for the one-out save. Easy, right? As you can read in the boxscore, the wheels came off but they somehow walked away with a W.
Deep breath, they won and the bats finally came out in full force. Welcome to the Mets, Alejandro De Aza! A triple short of the cycle and an amazing catch in the ninth get you the game ball. Three homers in the fifth inning by De Aza, Walker, and Cespedes were very comforting after the anemic offense recently. Loving Conforto in the 3 hole and apparently he is too with a home run Friday.
Replay or not, Neil Walker looked safe on the close play at home and I have NO idea why Tim Teufel waved De Aza home in the eighth to get gunned out. Also appreciated learning more about Larry Doby and that there is still a guy banging a drum at Indians games. Let's hope Harvey & Matz can bring down those ERAs this weekend. >> To follow Regis on Twitter, click here.
The Mets (4-4) and Indians (4-5) continue their three-game series at Progressive Field on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Matt Harvey (0-2- 4.63 ERA) aims for his first victory of the year against Cleveland righthander Josh Tomlin.