07/23 18:09 CDT Colon overpowers Seattle in New York's 3-2 win
Colon overpowers Seattle in New York's 3-2 win
SEATTLE (AP) --- Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving
up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning, and the New
York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced before Cano lined a
2-2 pitch into left field. Colon applauded the single that dropped in front of
left field Eric Young Jr. Colon then had to hold on as Seattle rallied in the
eighth and came within inches of tying the game on Brad Miller's RBI double
that hit off the top of the wall.
Colon (9-8) improved to 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field, including his dominance
of the Mariners when he was pitching for the Angels. Seattle had no answers for
the rotund right-hander, who gave up two runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Corey Hart led off the eighth walking on a 3-2 pitch, just the fourth
three-ball count Colon reached. After a fly out, Dustin Ackley singled to
right, bringing the tying run to the plate.
Miller nearly tied it with one swing, doubling off the top of the wall in
right-center, missing a home run by only a couple of feet. Hart scored and
Ackley was held at third. That was it for Colon, replaced by Jeurys Familia.
Willie Bloomquist pinch-hit and his infield groundout --- initially ruled a hit
before review --- scored Ackley. Familia struck out Endy Chavez swinging on a
breaking ball with Miller at third base.
Jenrry Mejia got his 13th save pitching the ninth, despite giving up a pair of
Colon threw a one-hitter for the Angels against the Yankees in 2000 and was
cruising until the seventh. Ackley lined out to Juan Lagares in center leading
off the sixth, the hardest hit ball to that point. Miller followed with a slow
grounder to first and Jesus Sucre weakly grounded out to third, and Colon was
perfect through six.
He got the first two outs of the seventh, but Cano's single ended the bid for
perfection. Cano was hitting .400 against Colon entering the game.
Colon was given an early lead thanks to control problems by Seattle starter
Taijuan Walker. Young walked on four pitches to start the game, stole second on
a pick-off attempt and scored on Daniel Murphy's RBI double. That was the only
hit allowed by Walker until David Wright led off the sixth with a single, but
the Mariners' 21-year-old prospect struggled with control all day. Walker (1-2)
walked six and struck out five in his first start in the majors since July 7.
Walker also recovered from a scary moment in the fifth when he hit New York's
Ruben Tejada in the helmet with a 94 mph fastball. Tejada instantly crumpled to
the ground before walking off the field on his own power.
Walker was done an inning later when he loaded the bases without recording an
out. Lagares' sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-0 lead and Wright added an RBI
single in the seventh.
NOTES: The Mets have one no-hitter (Johan Santana, 2012) and 38 one-hitters in
franchise history. ... Colon's only loss at Safeco field came in 2001 during
the Mariners' 116-win season. ... Seattle LHP James Paxton (back) is expected
to throw one more rehab start this weekend in the minors before possibly
rejoining the club.