Phillies lose 5-4 to Colon, Mets
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have faced Bartolo Colon three times this year, and lost each time.
Colon pitched eight innings for his 200th career victory, Travis d’Arnaud homered and the New York Mets held on for a 5-4 victory at Philadelphia on Friday night.
The 41-year-old Colon improved to 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA against the Phillies this season. He was 1-2 with a 4.65 ERA in five career games against Philadelphia before this year.
“He throws a lot of fastballs but he changes speeds with them making it difficult to gauge the velocity,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
The Mets won for the 10th time in their last 11 games in Philadelphia. New York has outscored Philadelphia 63-32 during those contests.
“They’ve swung the bats well against us all year so we need to find a way to cool them down,” Sandberg said.
Marlon Byrd homered, Grady Sizemore drove in two runs and hot-hitting Ben Revere had two of the Phillies’ nine hits. Revere is batting a major league-best .388 since June 26.
The 41-year-old Colon joined Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal as the only Dominican-born pitchers to reach 200 victories.
“I’m really happy to be in that category,” Colon said through an interpreter. “I’m expecting a call from those guys.”
He gave up one run and six hits, struck out six and walked none.
“It’s amazing that he’s still able to perform like he does,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Two hundred wins, that’s a lot of wins.”
Colon (11-9) didn’t allow a batter to reach second base except for Byrd, who led off the seventh with a drive over the wall in left for his 22nd homer. Colon departed after throwing 107 pitches.
Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett (6-12) surrendered 11 hits, tying a season high, resulting in five runs in his third consecutive loss. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two while falling to 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in his last five starts.
The Phillies nearly came back in the ninth, when they scored three runs on three hits.
Chase Utley doubled and Ryan Howard walked against left-hander Dana Eveland. Closer Jenrry Mejia relieved Eveland and Byrd singled to load the bases. Sizemore then lined a two-run double off the wall in right that trimmed New York’s lead to 5-3.
“I was praying for the ball to stay in the ballpark,” Colon said. “Thanks to Mejia for doing his job and holding his composure on the mound.”
Right fielder Curtis Granderson made a diving catch on Carlos Ruiz’s sinking liner to save at least one run for the first out.
“That really saved us,” Collins said.
After Cody Asche had a run-scoring groundout, Mejia struck out pinch-hitter Reid Brignac for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.
“We showed a little fight in the ninth,” Sandberg said.
The Phillies bullpen, which didn’t give up a run in 13 2-3 innings in a three-game sweep of Houston prior to the Mets series, allowed one hit in three scoreless frames.
Phillies: Three days after returning from a throat infection, outfielder Domonic Brown remained out of the starting lineup, but struck out pinch-hitting in the eighth. Brown missed three games due to the problem but was able to play beginning on Tuesday. He is 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in pinch-hit appearances since his return.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.42 ERA) faces Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73 ERA) on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, where Gee has struggled mightily. Gee has a 9.56 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) in Philadelphia.
Hamels traditionally has had trouble against the Mets, bringing an 8-14 mark with a 4.19 ERA against New York into Saturday’s game. Hamels outpitched Gee on July 29 at Citi Field when he struck out eight in eight innings in the Phillies’ 6-0 win. Gee allowed five runs in 6 2-3 innings in that game.
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Roy Halladay returned to the mound for Philadelphia on Friday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on a night when the Phillies gave away Halladay bobbleheads. The two-time Cy Young Award winner, who pitched his final four years with the Phillies before retiring after last season, received a standing ovation from the crowd and cheers from Mets and Phillies players.
“This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, playing in this city,” Halladay told the crowd. “And there’s nothing I would trade it for.”
Following the win, the Mets designated outfielder Chris Young for assignment and called up Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas. Signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal in the offseason, Young hit .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 88 games with New York.
Home-plate umpire Mike Winters was drilled in the right forearm by a pitch in the second inning after catcher Ruiz failed to catch Burnett’s fastball. The game was delayed for several minutes while Winters received attention from the Phillies trainer. Following the inning, Winters went into the dugout and emerged with a bandage wrap around his forearm and remained in the game.
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