Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets pitches during the first inning (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings and Curtis Granderson set the tone with a leadoff home run as the New York Mets defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Thursday night.

Colon (5-3) scattered eight hits and allowed one run.

Granderson led off the game with a homer off Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson (5-5). Granderson doubled leading off the third and scored on a single by Yoenis Cespedes.

Colon held the Brewers scoreless until the seventh when a two-out, one-hop smash off the bat of Hernan Perez ricocheted off the chest of New York second baseman Neil Walker, allowing a run to score.

Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs with a single in the eighth to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Scooter Gennett drove in a run with a double in the eighth to bring the Brewers within two, but New York added a run in the ninth on Matt Reynolds' pinch-hit single.

Jeurys Familia recorded his 20th save in 20 opportunities.

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