NEW YORK (AP) — Sloppy in the field and punchless at the plate. The past two days in New York were ugly ones for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bartolo Colon carried a three-hitter into the eighth inning, and the Mets got home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda in a 5-0 victory Wednesday.
Charlie Morton (1-7) was chased in the sixth and Pirates pitchers walked eight in all. Pittsburgh fell to 7-16 away from home with another poor performance.
"The defense hasn't been good," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got work to do."
That goes for the offense, too. Pittsburgh began the day batting .223 on the road while averaging 3.3 runs. The latest effort didn't help.
Colon (4-5) struck out a season-high nine — seven looking — in his second consecutive win, and Wright added an RBI single during an eventful afternoon. He stole a base, made two throwing errors and robbed Andrew McCutchen of extra bases with a diving play at third.
Neil Walker and the Pirates went into the game well aware that Colon was relying on his moving fastball some 90 percent of the time this season. Still, they couldn't do much with it.
"He threw it where he wanted and we couldn't put anything together," Walker said. "It was one of those days where we had a good feel for what he was trying to do and where he was trying to put the ball and we didn't counter quite as effectively."
The Mets improved to 13-17 at Citi Field, winning the series against Pittsburgh for their first consecutive victories at home since a three-game streak from April 23-25.
Pitching four days after his 41st birthday, Colon reached 2,000 strikeouts when he caught ex-Met Ike Davis looking in the sixth. The burly right-hander saved the souvenir, tossing the ball to injured ace Matt Harvey in the dugout.
"Just amazing how he works both sides of the plate," Wright said. "He just dissects hitters."
Colon's previous turn Friday was washed out by rain after he yielded two runs in four innings against Arizona. In his last outing that counted, he went eight innings to beat Washington 5-2 on May 17.
"He pitched as we expected him to pitch. We just couldn't square him up," Hurdle said. "He's been around as long as he has for reasons — because he's good at what he does."
Colon was pulled after 121 pitches, his most in a decade, but Jeurys Familia needed only one to get out of the eighth. He got Davis to ground into an inning-ending double play with two on, then finished the six-hitter for his second major league save and first this season.