PHILADELPHIA - Bartolo Colon dedicated his majorleague-leading sixth victory Sunday to "all the mothers in the world," including his own, who succumbed to cancer last August.
"It's really special because it's Mother's Day," Colon said through a translator after the Mets' 7-4 win over the Phillies.
Colon, 41, improved to 6-1 even though he appeared to tire in the seventh. He allowed four runs in six-plus innings, including a homer to his counterpart, Chad Billingsley.
Colon struck out six and did not issue a walk, extending his walkless streak to 401/3 innings, the second-longest in Mets history behind Bret Saberhagen's 1994 mark of 472/3 innings.
Initially, Colon was not scheduled to pitch Sunday, but an injury to Dillon Gee (groin) forced the Mets to reshuffle. Colon requested that he make the start, partly because it would keep him on regular rest.
But Colon's other motivation proved more sentimental than practical. His mother, Adriana, succumbed to cancer last August at the age of 63. He hoped to pitch on Mother's Day as a way to honor her.
Said Colon: "Everything fell into place."
Third baseman David Wright is expected to resume baseball activities Monday, manager Terry Collins said. Wright has been taking anti-inflammatory medications for back soreness he suffered during his rehab from a hamstring injury. He has been on the DL since April 15 . . . Catcher Travis d'Arnaud will be examined by doctors Tuesday. If all goes well, he soon should begin baseball activities. He has been on the disabled list since April 20 with a fractured little finger on his right hand . . . After a strong showing during the Phillies series, Ruben Tejada will get a start against the Cubs, but Wilmer Flores remains entrenched at shortstop.