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Colon has rare letdown, Pirates beat Mets 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Mets did a good job of putting runners on base. They were terrible at driving them in.

Despite outhitting Pittsburgh 13-8, the Mets lost to the Pirates 5-2 Sunday to drop three of four in the series.

"We left a lot of guys at third base," manager Terry Collins said. "It's just one of those games we didn't get the runs in."

New York had plenty of chances to score, stranding 11 on base in eight innings. But the Mets finished 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, posted hits in just three innings but took advantage of momentum-shifting swings of the bat against Bartolo Colon, who gave up more than two earned runs for the first time since May 12.

Colon threw 7 1-3 shutout innings against the Pirates at Citi Field May 28 but couldn't replicate his success at PNC Park.

"I just think that because I've already gone against them once they probably prepared so they knew what I was coming with," Colon said through a translator. "They just had the time to prepare to play against me."

Collins said it was "very shocking" to see Colon get hit as hard as he did Sunday.

"I was as surprised as anybody especially after the leadoff hitter rolled over on a ball," Collin said. "I said 'he's got the sinker working today, this could be a quick game.' Then you look up and they've got three."

Collins' counterpart in the Pirates dugout, Clint Hurdle, thought Colon didn't have his A-game as he did when the Pirates visited New York last month.

"He can still compete and win games without it," Hurdle said. "The biggest difference is when balls were left out over the plate today, we put good swings on them."

The biggest swings on Colon's pitches over the plate were a two-run single from former Mets first baseman Ike Davis and a RBI double from Pedro Alvarez in the first inning. Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

Josh Harrison led off the inning with a double to right-center field. Alvarez then crushed an 88 mph, 1-2 pitch from Colon for his 13th long ball this season, extending Pittsburgh's advantage to 5-0.

"I tried to put good contact on it and I was just trying to get (Josh Harrison) over," Alvarez said. "I ended up putting a pretty good swing on it."

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