Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mets 5, Pirates 0 Clever Colon Silences Offense New York Roughs Up Morton (1-7)

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mets 5, Pirates 0 Clever Colon Silences Offense New York Roughs Up Morton (1-7)

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NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon showed he still had it Wednesday.

The 41-year-old right-hander held the Pirates scoreless and struck out nine through 71/3 innings to lead the New York Mets to a 5-0 win at Citi Field.

He struck out Ike Davis looking on an 89 mph two-seam fastball for his 2,000th career strikeout in the sixth. His fastball, while not overpowering, was deceptive and kept the Pirates from gaining any traction at the plate.

"You can call it a fastball, but it's eight different kinds with the speed variations and the movement variations," said Pirates catcher Chris Stewart. "He mixes speeds, uses his movement on both sides of the plate and doesn't give in. You can't get comfortable up there against him. You're looking for one thing and you get another."

Colon (4-5) left with one out in the eighth after giving up back- to-back singles to Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. Reliever Jeurys Familia doused the threat with a double-play grounder off the bat of Davis while recording his first save.

Not much went well for the Pirates, who dropped to 23-29 and stranded eight runners.

"He pitched as we expected him to pitch," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "He's been around as long as he has for a reason. He's good at what he does, is able to hit spots. ... You've got to hit pitches when they're there to hit. We didn't do that. We had some good, aggressive swings, fouled some balls off ... just weren't able to put anything together with any consistency."

The Mets chipped away at Pirates starter Charlie Morton (1-7) for single runs in the second, third and sixth before sealing the game with Lucas Duda's two-run homer off Bryan Morris in the eighth.

In the second, Morton uncorked a wild pitch with Colon at the plate and two outs, allowing Duda to score from third.

"I was trying to work down and I just missed," said Morton.

Two Pirates errors in the third paved the way for another Mets run. Daniel Murphy reached second on Pedro Alvarez's throwing error. The ball caromed off the Mets dugout and back out to Pirates second baseman Walker, who attempted to throw out Murphy at second. But shortstop Jordy Mercer misplayed the throw, the ball rolled into the outfield and Murphy went to third. …

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