Colon's meltdown in 6th sends Mets to 7-2 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2014 at 12:07 am •  Published: August 31, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon was cruising along until the sixth inning, and that's when it all fell apart.

Ryan Howard drove in three runs, Marlon Byrd homered on his 37th birthday and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated Colon and the New York Mets 7-2 Saturday night.

Philadelphia batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs off Colon on seven hits — all singles.

Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley singled to start the outburst, loading the bases for Howard. The big slugger lined yet another single to right field, driving in two for a 3-0 lead.

One out later, Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz added RBI singles to chase Colon (12-11).

Cody Asche greeted Buddy Carlyle with another run-scoring single before Philadelphia was finally retired in a half-inning that took just short of 20 minutes.

"I didn't do anything different," Colon said through a translator. "I made the adjustments and made some good pitches, but they still put it in play."

It has not been an easy couple of weeks for Colon, who left the Mets twice recently, the first time to be by his ailing mother's side and the second to attend her funeral in the Dominican Republic.

Still the subject of trade speculation, Colon gave up Byrd's leadoff homer into the Phillies' bullpen in the fifth. He appeared to tire in the sixth, and lost for the first time in four starts against the Phillies this season.

"I'm going to cut him some slack this time. That's some long trips he's had in the last 10 days. You know, back and forth like that," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I don't know if he just ran out of gas, but obviously he was getting way too much plate."

Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight decision since joining the last-place Phillies, who won for the seventh time in nine games.

Philadelphia banged out 12 hits to back another solid performance from Williams (3-0), who gave up two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. Facing the Mets for the first time since 2007 with Washington, the 32-year-old journeyman from Hawaii was virtually untouchable for the first six innings.

Williams, who is 5-5 overall this year, has enjoyed a resurgence since he was picked up off waivers from Texas this month. Pitching for his third team this season, the right-hander has a 2.03 ERA in four starts with the Phillies.

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