Bartolo Colon left Tuesday's outing just four pitches into the game but four relievers combined to allow just one run as the Mets edged the Royals, 2-1, at Citi Field.
In case you missed it…
- Colon left the game after four pitches after being hit on the right hand by a line drive off the bat of Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield. X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a contusion of the right thumb.
- Hansel Robles took over for Colon with one out in the first and allowed just one run on five hits in a career-high 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and also set a personal-best with six strikeouts.
- Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 18th of the season. Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep, connecting for his seventh long ball.
- Jeurys Familia saved his Major League-leading 23rd game and his 39th straight in the regular season dating back to Aug. 1, 2015.
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Terry Collins on the win: "Those are the kinds of games, I really believe that you should grow from. Our bullpen had a tough weekend and they came back tonight, certainly in an unexpected situation and Hansel was outstanding. [Erik] Goeddel gave us a big inning. Everybody that came into the game pitched great. To hang on in that situation, that was a great outing by every guy out of that 'pen."
Robles on his outing: "I never thought I'd have the chance to practically start a game in the bigs. I'm happy to perform for my team. … I was a little tired, but not too exhausted."
Colon on his thumb and the relievers: "The first thought that popped into my head was 'God please don't let this be a broken thumb.' … I gripped a baseball a little bit ago and felt OK. I'll see how the swelling is tomorrow. … That's a tremendous job they did tonight, especially from Robles. I know he was definitely caught off guard with having to run out there at the spur of the moment."
News and notes…
- The Mets and Royals split two games in the first series of the season. New York improved to 5-4 in Interleague play in 2016.
- Noah Syndergaard was originally scheduled to start on Tuesday but was pushed back to Wednesday. Terry Collins indicated that his 115-pitch effort in his last start was part of the consideration. The switch also allows Syndergaard to open next week's series in Washington against the Nationals on Monday.
- Jerry Blevins pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his 20th consecutive scoreless outing. He is the first Mets pitcher to reach that mark since Billy Wagner in 2007. Mark Guthrie holds the club record with 33 straight scoreless appearances in 2002.
- Travis d'Arnaud was activated from the disabled list prior to the game and went 0-for-3. He also threw out a baserunner attempting to steal in the first inning. Kevin Plawecki was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
- Cespedes has gone 16-for-45 (.356) with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last 12 games.
- James Loney had two singles and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, going 11-for-32 (.344) in that span.
- Jim Henderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis retroactive to June 19. Sean Gilmartin was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas for the second time this season.
The Mets (37-32) and Royals (38-32) conclude their brief two-game set at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91 ERA) will take the mound looking to win his sixth consecutive decision. Southpaw Danny Duffy (2-1, 3.17 ERA) toes the rubber in his eighth start for Kansas City.