Atlanta Braves center fielder Mallex Smith (17) makes an over the shoulder catch in the seventh-inning, of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK (AP) David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda hit home runs in the first inning as the Mets teed off, sending Bartolo Colon and New York over the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday night for their ninth win in 10 games.
The Mets' homer barrage came in a span of 16 pitches. The Braves have hit just five homers all season, by far the fewest in the majors for the team with the worst record in the big leagues.
A few weeks shy of his 43rd birthday, Colon (2-1) pitched eight scoreless innings. He coasted to his 220th career victory, breaking a tie with Pedro Martinez for the second-most among Dominican-born pitchers and trailing only the 243 by Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.
Article continues below ...
Colon gave up seven hits, six in the first three innings, walked none and struck out seven. He threw 99 pitches – 77 strikes – in the longest outing by a Mets starter this year. He was 4-0 against Atlanta last season.