The Mets recovered from their blown 4 run lead last night with a strong dose of elder statesman, Bartolo Colon, who’s become the biggest asset of their starting rotation.
In six innings of play, he surrendered 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 5 to record his 11th win of the season.
NY chased Matt Moore from the mound after 5, then pummeled his replacement Jake Peavy in the 6th for an additional 4, en route to a 9-5 defeat that was dangerously closer than it appeared in the rearview mirror.
Yoenis Cespedes had a prosperous day in the City by the Bay, with an RBI double in the 1st, to compliment his pair of solo HRs in the 3rd and 7th.
Justin Ruggiano, returning from the DL, raised his average to .389, going 2-3, driving Neil walker home with a single to left in the 6th, to lengthen NY’s lead 4-2.
Then, with two men on, the guy who has been feast or famine, Alejandro De Aza, took a Peavy fastball out of AT&T Park for a 3 run shot that gave his team a 7-2 seemingly comfortable cushion.
Cespedes 2nd solo made it 8-2 in the top of the 7th, and then in the bottom of the inning, the Mets battered bullpen, unraveled. Hansel Robles walked the first two batters, and Terry Collins, usually late in pulling faulty pitching, yanked Robles for Addison Reed.
Reed loaded the bases with a walk to Hunter Pence, then Eduardo Nunez, sporting an 0-3, made him pay, drilling a two run double to left, scoring 2 runs, and, then Joe Panik’s grounder to second, brought in the another Giants run, and at the end of seven, the Mets lead lessened 8-5.
Thank heavens for Neil Walker, who along with dazzling defense, doubled in the top of the 9th, and scored on a sharp ground ball by Wilmer Flores.
With a four run lead, Collins kept in Reed to close it out, in lieu of a not so for sure Jeurys Familia. And when Denard Span greeted him with a double deep to center, it had all the makings of déjà vu all over again, until Flores and Cabrera turned in a dramatic game ending double play.
Now the success of the rest of the Mets season depends on whether they can win on days when the teams they are chasing, don’t.