The New York Mets began their current winning streak by bailing out Bartolo Colon with a big offensive night.
As Colon looks for a more effective outing, the visiting Mets will try to maintain their steady offensive production and their dominance over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
Colon (10-11, 4.90 ERA) has been plagued by inconsistency while going 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. He's alternated poor and solid efforts during that stretch and might be in good shape to continue that trend after he yielded seven runs and three homers in 3 2-3 innings of Friday's 14-9 win at Colorado.
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Beginning with that victory, New York (69-56) has scored 55 runs, clubbed 15 homers and batted .355 during a five-game winning streak. Colon was hit on the hand with a pitch in that contest, but stayed in the game and does not seem to have any lingering issues.
"It did affect me a little bit but it's not an excuse," the right-hander told MLB's official website. "It had nothing to do with my performance. I'm glad the team picked me up."
Colon has posted a 5.25 ERA but is 2-0 this season against the Phillies (50-76), who are 1-10 during the season series and will try to avoid losing eight straight to the Mets in one year for the first time.
It's uncertain if Philadelphia's frustration boiled over Tuesday when the benches emptied in the seventh after Mets reliever Hansel Robles threw a pitch to Darin Ruf before the Phillies batter was ready. The incident was settled and no punches were thrown.
New York, which is 6-1 on a nine-game trip, hasn't won six straight on the road since a seven-game run in June 2010.
Michael Cuddyer hit a go-ahead two-run, pinch-hit single in the sixth and Yoenis Cespedes belted a two-run homer as the Mets won for the 17th time in their last 23 games, 6-5 on Tuesday. Cespedes has seven homers and 20 RBIs in 22 games since joining the Mets.
New York gets its first crack at Jerad Eickhoff, who allowed five hits and struck out five in six scoreless innings of Friday's 7-1 victory at Miami in his major league debut. The right-hander was part of last month's trade that sent Cole Hamels to Texas.
"So far it's a real good trade. He came as advertised," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He told us and we were told that he likes to pound the strike zone with all of his pitches and he showed that he's able to do that."
Eickhoff also delivered a two-run single to add to his special night.
"It's surreal," he said. "You grow up dreaming about this and words can't describe. It's just unbelievable."
Freddy Galvis is batting .375 with five RBIs in the last six contests and .357 against New York this season. He's 3 for 6 with a double while facing Colon.
Ryan Howard has homered in each of the first two games of this set, but is batting .211 with a pair of home runs against Colon.