Bartolo Colon fired eight shutout innings and the New York Mets rode three first-inning home runs to their ninth win in 10 games, 4-1, over the Atlanta Braves on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Colon allowed six hits over the first three innings but just one over the final five frames, retiring 16 of the last 17 batters he faced. He allowed seven hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter enr oute to his 220th career win, second-most all-time by a Dominican-born pitcher.
- Colon improved to 9-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 career starts against Atlanta.
- David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda homered in the first inning to account for all of the Mets' runs. It was the first time New York homered three times in the opening frame since 2006, and the fourth time in franchise history.
- Cespedes' and Duda's homers represented the fifth time New York has hit back-to-back home runs this season.
- Wright went 2 for 3 and has reached base safely via a hit or walk in 10 of his last 14 plate appearances.
- Jeurys Familia closed the game out in the ninth, allowing two hits and a run.
Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com
No better opportunity to start a new winning streak than the increasingly hapless (not to mention powerless and winless) Braves arriving in Flushing. The Mets picked up where they left off at the end of their sweep at Turner Field, outplaying them in every aspect of the game. Colon dispatched wild Braves hitters like gnats, painting the corners masterfully for eight stellar innings. He was in top form, darting around the field like a cat on defensive plays and rocketing a line drive at the plate. (It was a foul ball, but still.) He looked primed for the complete game, throwing fewer than 100 pitches, but manager Terry Collins decided to play it conservatively and brought in Familia despite it not being a save situation and having pitched two days earlier. It was a head scratcher, but you can't argue with results, and the result was a solid win with two more opportunities to feast on the remains of the Braves still to come.
- Colon on passing Pedro Martinez in career wins: "I'm very excited and really happy about it, and it's pretty neat to pass Pedro. He's always going to be one of the big ones for us regardless."
- Terry Collins on Colon: "It shows the durability Bartolo's had to go through to get to this point. I think he should be very proud of the fact that he accomplished what he did tonight."
- Wright on Colon and the four-run first inning: "To get four in the first and let Bartolo do his thing was nice. Bartolo with the lead, you know he's going to pound the strike zone and keep the opposing hitters off balance and it allows him to keep his pitch count down and pitch deep into the game like he did."
- Cespedes on his home run: "I wasn't surprised he threw a fastball. Teams think I can't hit it, but I'll keep proving them wrong."
News and notes…
- New York is 9-2 in its last 11 games against the Braves, including 4-0 so far this season.
- The Mets have outscored their opponents 21-3 in the first inning of games in 2016 and are 14-3 when scoring first.
- Colon became the first Mets starter this season to complete seven innings.
- Cespedes' home run was his 25th as a Met and it came in his 77th game, making him the fastest player in franchise history to reach that mark. Carlos Delgado held the previous record of 88 games (2006). His 25 RBIs are tied for the most in the majors with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and the Rockies' Nolan Arenado.
- The Mets' pitching staff has allowed the fewest home runs (11) in baseball and has the fourth-lowest ERA (2.83).
The Mets (16-8) will go for their sixth straight series win when they face the Braves (6-19) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Matt Harvey (2-3, 4.76 ERA) takes the ball looking for his third consecutive victory after opening the year with three straight losses. Atlanta will send right-hander Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26 ERA) to the mound.