Result: The Mets opened their three-game series with the Padres with a 6-2 win at Citi Field behind the pitching of Bartolo Colon on Friday night.
Need to Know: Bobby Abreu was a late entrant into the lineup for Curtis Granderson and then went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as he continues to hit well at Citi Field. Colon improved to 6-5 going 7 1/3 innings striking out seven and giving up only four hits and two earned runs. The Padres scored two in second inning to take a 2-0 lead. That’s all they would get off Colon. The Mets cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second on a Taylor Teagarden RBI single. In the bottom of the third, a Lucas Duda double tied the score and Matt den Dekker doubled him home the third run. The Mets’ pitching did the rest as Colon and three relievers closed the door with Jeurys Familia finishing off the game in a non-save situation. Duda had two hits and Ruben Tejada also had two hits out of the leadoff spot. The Mets tacked on a run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh for some breathing room. Andrew Cashner took the loss for the Padres.
Game ball: Abreu loves Citi Field. The veteran hitter added four more hits and is hitting .319 on the season and .353 at home as opposed to .206 on the road.
What’s next: The series continues Saturday afternoon with the Mets sending Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19 ERA)) to the mound against Jesse Hahn (0-1. 9.82 ERA)