Bartolo Colon let up six runs in 5.1 innings Saturday night against the Phillies at Citi Field.
Terry Collins said Colon should be cut some slack after twice traveling to the Dominican Republic, first for his mother’s passing and then her funeral.
“That’s some long trips he had in the last 10 days back and forth like that,” Collins said. “Obviously, he was getting way too much plate (Friday night). He’s usually down, down, down and goes up when he wants to. And those balls were pretty much thigh-high.”
Colon is 12-11 with a 4.01 ERA in 26 starts for the Mets this season.
“I feel a little tired, but it didn’t really affect how I performed in the game,” Colon later said.
The Mets (63-73) conclude their three-game series against the Phillies (62-73) at 1:10 pm ET on Sunday at Citi Field.
Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) opposes right-hander A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30 ERA) on SNY.
Today is also the last day for players to be traded and still be eligible for a postseason roster.
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Bartolo Colon allowed six runs in 5.1 innings, Curtis Granderson struck out with the bases loaded to end the seventh inning and the Mets lost to the Phillies, 7-2, on Saturday at Citi Field.
Mets 20-year-old 2B Dilson Herrera got his first major league hit with a single against Jerome Williams in the seventh inning.
Saturday’s minor league recaps…
Mets right-handed pitching prospect Marcos Molina gave up three earned runs in seven strong innings on the mound Saturday night for Brooklyn, striking out 10 with one walk.
It was his third double digit strikeout game in his last four starts. His era is 1.77.
In 12 starts this season, Molina has lasted at least five innings 11 times and given up three earned runs or fewer 11 times.
Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…
Result: The Mets dropped the second game of their series with Philadelphia after the Phillies’ offense exploded in the middle innings.
Need to Know: In his first start since attending his mother’s funeral, Bartolo Colon cruised through four innings, allowing just one baserunner on a third-inning double. Things unraveled from there, as Marlon Byrd led off the fifth with a home run and Colon allowed singles to six of the first seven batters he faced in the sixth before getting pulled. His final line was 5 1/3 innings, nine hits and six runs allowed. Matt den Dekker had the Mets’ lone hit through six innings and finished 2-for-4, registering his third multi-hit game of August. Dilson Herrera picked up his first Major League hit, a single between shortstop and third base to load the bases in the seventh. Wilmer Flores plated a run shortly thereafter with an RBI single.
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What’s Next: Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets in Sunday’s rubber match as New York tries to win its first series since a four-game set with the Phillies in early August. Gee will face off against A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30 ERA), who is tied for second in MLB with 14 losses.
The Mets and Phillies play the second of their three-game series at Citi Field Saturday night.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. and is on WPIX-TV.
Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82) starts for the Mets, while Jerome Williams (4-5, 4.82) pitches for Philadelphia.
|1. Juan Lagares – CF
||1. Ben Revere – CF
|2. Curtis Granderson – RF
||2. Jimmy Rollins – SS
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Chase Utley – 2B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Ryan Howard – 1B
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Marlon Byrd – RF
|6. Matt den Dekker – LF
||6. Domonic Brown – LF
|7. Dilson Herrera – 2B
||7. Carlos Ruiz – C
|8. Wilmer Flores – SS
||8. Cody Asche – 3B
|9. Bartolo Colon – RHP
||9. Jerome Williams – RHP
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Juan Lagares hits a fly ball to left field, which is dropped by Grady Sizemore with two outs in the seventh, allowing two runs to score. >>> Watch here.
Juan Lagares steals second and Eric Campbell slides in safely at home as the Mets pull off a double steal in the seventh inning Friday. >>> Watch here.
Travis d’Arnaud puts the Mets on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring David Wright. >>> Watch here.
20-year-old 2B prospect Dilson Herrera was 0-for-3 with a fielding error in his big-league debut with the Mets on Friday night.
“To be honest, it was a little bit of nerves going into the first inning, but after that it was fine,” Herrera said through an interpreter after the game. “I felt good the rest of the night.”
Herrera grounded into a double play swinging at the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat. He struck out in the fifth. He lined out to second baseman in his final at bat.
“I was just happy that I had good contact,” Herrera said.
He booted a routine groundball hit deep to his left, while playing on the grass, in the ninth.
“I’m sure he was a little nervous,” Terry Collins later said. “It’ll be fun to keep watching him play.”
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22-year-old Mets closer Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest pitcher in franchise history to reach 20 saves.
Neil Allen had 22 saves as a 22-year-old in 1980.
Mejia struggled through much of August, but has since locked down three straight scoreless appearances.
“The breaking ball is distinctly better now than it was,” said Terry Collins, who also said getting Mejia rest likely helped him get back to form.