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Monday, June 30, 2014

Recap: Game 82 - Mets (2) at Pirates (5) - Pirates get to Colon early, never look back


New York


W: E. Volquez (6-6) L: B. Colon (8-6) S: M. Melancon (15)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - P. Alvarez (13)


Pedro Alvarez belted a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez struck out seven, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series.

Alvarez finished with three RBI for the Pirates, who won three of four in the series to improve to 7-2 in their last nine games.

Volquez (6-6) gave up eight hits and a walk in six scoreless innings.

Bartolo Colon (8-6) had an eight-start unbeaten streak snapped after allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings.

The Mets, losers in four of their last five, out-hit the Pirates 13-8 but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position over the first eight innings.

That was, until the Mets scored twice and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth after being shut out by Justin Wilson and Tony Watson in the seventh and eighth.

Juan Lagares hit a leadoff single off Jared Hughes, went to third on Travis d'Arnaud's double and scored on Chris Young's groundout.

Ruben Tejada added a two-out RBI bloop single to chase Hughes from the game. Mark Melancon came in and gave up a single to Daniel Murphy, his third hit of the game, but retired Curtis Granderson on a fly ball to end the game and earn his 15th save.

The Pirates sent seven players to the plate against Colon in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead on Ike Davis' sliced two-run single to left field and Alvarez's RBI double into the right-field corner.

Josh Harrison led off the fourth inning with a double and Alvarez followed by teeing off on an 88 mph fastball, knocking it into the right-field seats for his 13th homer of the season and a 5-0 Pittsburgh lead.

Game Notes

Colon had been 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous seven starts. His last loss before Sunday came May 6 at Miami ... The Pirates went 4-3 against the Mets this season ... The Mets start a three-game series in Atlanta on Monday ... The Pirates will host Arizona in a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF402010001.238
  Gonzalez Germen P000000000.000
  Dana Eveland P000000000.000
  Bobby Abreu PH100000000.280
Ruben Tejada SS502100003.240
Daniel Murphy 2B503000001.301
Curtis Granderson RF500000001.227
Lucas Duda 1B402010000.255
Eric Campbell 3B402000000.316
Juan Lagares CF411000001.290
Travis d`Arnaud C311010010.204
Bartolo Colon P200000002.065
  Chris Young PH-LF200100000.201
Gregory Polanco RF300000011.288
Starling Marte CF411000001.259
Neil Walker 2B411010000.272
Ike Davis 1B402200001.245
Josh Harrison LF421010001.306
Pedro Alvarez 3B412310101.241
Jordy Mercer SS300000000.227
  Justin Wilson P000000000.000
  Tony Watson P0000000001.000
  Jared Hughes P000000000.000
  Mark Melancon P000000000.000
Chris Stewart C301000000.241
Edinson Volquez P100000000.048
  Clint Barmes SS100000000.239

E_N.Walker, E.Volquez. LOB_NY Mets 11, Pittsburgh 4. 2B_E.Young, L.Duda, T.d'Arnaud, N.Walker, J.Harrison, P.Alvarez. HR_P.Alvarez (13) off B.Colon. S_E.Volquez. GIDP_T.d'Arnaud. DP_Pittsburgh 1 (J.Mercer, N.Walker and I.Davis).

Bartolo Colon (L 8-6)6.075512182-573.88
Gonzalez Germen1.000002013-93.86
Dana Eveland1.010001019-121.46
Edinson Volquez (W 6-6)6.080017098-704.07
Justin Wilson1.010001015-94.70
Tony Watson1.000001015-110.96
Jared Hughes0.232200020-122.35
Mark Melancon (S 15)0.110000011-92.33

IBB_off E.Volquez (T.d'Arnaud). 
T_2:58. A_37290.
Umpires_Home,Scott Barry; First, Jeff Nelson; Second, Laz Diaz; Third, Toby Basner.
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