Bartolo Colon Gets Ninth Win of the Year as Mets Beat Atlanta
NEW YORK (AP) – Bartolo Colon moved into a tie for the major league lead with his ninth win, Wilmer Flores and John Mayberry Jr. homered, and the New York Mets held on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Friday night.
The 42-year-old Colon (9-4) gave up two runs and six hits in six effective innings as he matched Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who was roughed up at Houston, and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole for most victories in baseball.
Jeurys Familia, whose availability for the game was uncertain because he was awaiting the birth of his child, loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before getting Nick Markakis to ground into a double play for his 18th save.
Michael Cuddyer followed up his game-winning hit Thursday against San Francisco with an RBI double in the eighth as New York beat Atlanta for a fifth straight time after losing the first two games between the teams this year.
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