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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Bartolo Colon thought all was OK as he took the mound in the first inning.

Then the Angels stepped to the plate.

Colon gave up consecutive home runs by Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez in the first inning, setting the tone for the Mets' 14-2 loss on Sunday in the decisive game of their interleague series.

"At that moment, you're not thinking: 'Why is this happening?' It's just part of the game," Colon said through a translator. "Everything felt all right. They just felt a little bit better than me."

Colon (1-2) gave up nine runs and 11 hits in five innings, allowing at least one hit to every batter in the Angels' starting lineup after pitching seven innings of six-hit ball last Tuesday during a 4-0 victory in Atlanta.

The four homers and nine earned runs against Colon equaled a career worst in both categories. It was the fifth time the 17-year veteran allowed four home runs in a game and the first time since June 7, 2009, with the White Sox against Cleveland.

"Even though Bartolo's had our number, it seems like all the runs we scored off him today were the ones we've needed the last two years off of him," Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said. "He's absolutely dominated us, and today was a complete aberration. I've never seen him get hit like that before in person."

Hank Conger also went deep against Colon, who won the AL CY Young Award in 2005 with the Angels. Over the previous four seasons, he was 6-1 with a 1.75 ERA in nine starts against the Angels.

"He's had our number, but today wasn't his day," Pujols said. "He's a guy who's aggressive in the strike zone and we executed our game plan pretty well. If you look at last year, it seemed like every time we faced him he pretty much pitched seven or eight strong innings. So we wanted to get the jump on him early.

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