JUPITER, Fla. - Shortly after Bartolo Colon signed with the Mets, he reported to the team's complex in the Dominican Republic to work on his hitting. The portly pitcher took swings until blisters formed on both his hands, determined to prepare himself for his first season in the National League since 2002.
Colon's work paid off in a 10-2 victory over the Marlins Saturday when he hit a run-scoring single down the leftfield line.
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"Really, the ball found the bat," said Colon, who would have had an easy stand-up double had he run close to full speed. "I really didn't do anything."
The lifetime .104 hitter looked at three strikes in his first at-bat and hit a weak tapper back to the mound his second time up before his single. Colon might have had another hit in the seventh had he tried to leg out a slow roller down the third-base line.
"Honestly, I was a little scared," Colon said of running the bases. "I haven't done that in a while. Thankfully, nothing happened."
The righthander also looked sharp in one of his final tuneups before the start of the season. He allowed two runs and five hits in 62/3 innings and upped his pitch count to 83. He struck out three and walked none. Said manager Terry Collins, "He's impressive to watch."
Daniel Murphy sat out against the Marlins, though Collins said the second baseman might return to the lineup Sunday. Murphy has been sidelined since Monday with an injury to his right calf. He ran the bases Saturday before going 0-for-4 in a minor-league game.
Ike Davis hit a two-run homer on his 27th birthday. He's 5-for-15 with six RBIs. Lucas Duda will have a chance Sunday when he starts at first base . . . In his fourth start at shortstop, Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer and made every routine play on defense. He finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs . . . Chris Young upped his average to .349, going 3-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and two stolen bases.