Bartolo Colon started Sunday, despite the recent passing of his mother in the Dominican Republic.
He pitched six innings, allowing just two runs in the Mets 11-3 win.
Although he did not want to talk directly about his mother, Colon said after the game that he hasn’t gotten much sleep, but he wanted to pitch for his team before heading back home for the funeral.
“He’s a competitive guy. He knows he has to step up. He’s had a tough week,” manager Terry Collins said. “When he came out in the sixth I think that’s the first time in his career he’s ever said, ‘I’m done.’ He gave us what we had to have.”
Colon’s effort was not overlooked by his teammates.
“We all tried to kind of rally around him and give him as much support as we can,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “He’s an unbelievable person to go out and do that today. Obviously he has other things on his mind. I think his No. 1 priority is his family. Showing the kind of heart he has is something guys really respect in the clubhouse.”