New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon drove in his first run in nearly 10 years during Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
With the game tied 2–2 in the top of the fourth inning, Colon came to the plate with Wilmer Flores on third and one out. A career 12-for-160 hitter known for taking vicious hacks in the few at-bats provided to him, Colon came through big-time on Sunday.
Colon's helmet came off as he sent the ball to short right field, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead as Flores scored from third. After the game, Mets manager Terry Collins had some fun and joked about Colon's hit:
TC: "That was a big hit for us and certainly for Bart. It took about 10 minutes to get the bees out of his hand.”— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) April 12, 2015
Colon pitched seven innings in the Mets' 4-3 win, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking none.
Colon had two hits in 62 at-bats with the Mets last season, but had previously went more than seven seasons without a hit.
That last RBI? It came with the Los Angeles Angels on June 10, 2005, when Colon singled to right off New York Mets righthander Mike DeJean to score Orlando Cabrera. The Angels won 12–2 at Shea Stadium, and Colon picked up the win after giving up two runs over six innings.
- Mike Fiammetta