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Mets Beat Pirates 6-4



    Mets Beat Pirates 6-4
    Mets' Bartolo Colon hits a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pirates, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York.

    Neil Walker and Michael Conforto gave the Mets an immediate jolt in their return from nagging injuries, and Bartolo Colon pitched New York to a 6-4 victory over the Pirates on Thursday night.

    Curtis Granderson set a Mets record for leadoff homers, while Walker also went deep and had three RBIs against his former team after missing the previous three games with a sore lower back.

    Conforto, who hadn't started since Saturday, landed right on his ailing left wrist when he saved a run with a sensational diving catch in the first inning. Showing no ill effects, the left fielder followed Walker's two-run shot in the third inning with a home run of his own to snap a 5-for-54 slump.

    Colon (6-3) doubled and scored earlier in the inning on Yoenis Cespedes' deep sacrifice fly, drawing a giddy roar from the crowd of 33,052 following his jaunt around the bases.

    The beefy right-hander took a four-hit shutout into the eighth and won his third consecutive decision, a streak that began on the eve of his 43rd birthday last month. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.

    All three Mets homers came off Juan Nicasio (5-6), who gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Pirates (33-33) fell back to .500 with their seventh loss in eight games.

    Andrew McCutchen homered in the ninth and had three hits for the Pirates, ending an 0-for-18 drought that was the longest hitless stretch of his career. Matt Joyce connected for his 100th career home run.

    Trailing 6-0, the Pirates chased Colon in the eighth and rallied for four runs in the final two innings. But the comeback attempt fell short when slumping Erik Kratz flied out with a runner on third to end it.

    Jeurys Familia got three outs for his major league-leading 22nd save. He has converted a club-record 38 regular-season chances in a row dating to last August — though he did blow a four-run lead in the ninth inning of a game this year.

    Granderson hit a long drive to right-center in the first for his 41st career leadoff homer and 17th with the Mets, breaking a tie with Jose Reyes for the franchise mark.

    After losing 10 of 11 to Pittsburgh, the Mets took the final two matchups in this three-game set between 2015 playoff teams. They finished 3-3 in the season series after going 0-6 last year.


    Pirates: LF Starling Marte sat out as the medical staff tried to reduce swelling on his face. Marte exited Wednesday night's game after diving for Yoenis Cespedes' single — the ball bounced in front of Marte and hit him under his left eye. "He's doing better," manager Clint Hurdle said. ... Pittsburgh C Chris Stewart, banged up in several spots on his body, was rested for the second consecutive night. "He could use another day," Hurdle said.

    Mets: 3B David Wright had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, and the 33-year-old captain is expected to miss most of the remainder of the season — perhaps all of it. Wright's replacement at third, Wilmer Flores, was hit by a 93 mph fastball from Nicasio in the second and left the game an inning later with a bruised left hand. X-rays were negative, the team said. Kelly Johnson replaced Flores. ... Part-time CF Juan Lagares was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a sprained left thumb. Utility player Ty Kelly was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.


    Pirates: A quick turnaround, with LHP Francisco Liriano (4-6, 4.92 ERA) starting Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field in the opener of a three-game series against the major league-leading Cubs. RHP Jake Arrieta (10-1, 1.86) goes for Chicago. Liriano has lost three straight starts.

    Mets: After a miserable start to the season, former ace Matt Harvey (4-8, 4.66 ERA) has a 0.90 ERA in his last three outings. He faces former Mets farmhand John Gant (0-1, 5.63) and the major league-worst Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Citi Field.

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