By Anthony DiComo, Joe Frisaro and Joe Trezza
NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.
Colon scattered six hits over seven innings to become the first starter in the Majors to three wins, and for the second straight game he helped his own cause with the stick. Colon, at times comically inept at the plate, sent the Citi Field faithful into a frenzy when he smacked a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game in the fifth. After going nine years between RBIs, Colon drove in his second run in as many starts.
Cuddyer, on the other hand, drove in his sixth run in six games when his infield grounder squeezed past first baseman Michael Morse and untied the game in the sixth against Brad Hand. Eric Campbell added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly two batters later. Daniel Murphy drove in Cuddyer with an RBI double in the eighth.
Miami starter David Phelps, whose wife had a baby on Monday, came off the MLB paternity list Thursday and held New York hitless through 4 1/3 innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Lagares' glove is gold:Juan Lagares received his 2014 Gold Glove award before the game, and the center fielder showed off how he earned that honor. Lagares' full-extension diving catch in the seventh robbed J.T. Realmuto, saved a run and thwarted a late Marlins rally. Lagares also showed impressive range by tracking down Christian Yelich's long drive in the third.
"He couldn't pick a better night to make those plays," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I thought he had absolutely no chance on that ball he made the diving catch on." More >
Stanton dialed in: It may have taken Giancarlo Stanton 10 games to hit his first homer, but No. 2 came in Game 11 on Friday. Traditionally, April has not been Stanton's most productive month in terms of home runs. Friday marked his 100th game in the month, and he has 16 homers. By comparison, in 85 games in May, the slugger has 29 homers. More >
Cuddyer extends hit streak: Cuddyer's sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to six games. After Lagares and Lucas Duda singled, Cuddyer sent a grounder past the drawn-in Michael Morse at first base. Second baseman Dee Gordon corralled the ball in short right, but not before Lagares scored easily. More >
"I left a fastball up to the pitcher. All he has to do is make contact on it. Tip your cap to him. It's frustrating. That's one of the things I was frustrated about, with the walk to [Anthony] Recker in, with the pitcher on deck, that's a big at-bat right there with two on. I've definitely got to make a better pitch to the pitcher and get a ground ball right there." -- Phelps, on Colon's game-tying sacrifice fly in fifth
"Yes, I was surprised. I'm surprised when he swings." -- Collins, on Colon's sac fly
"I took a lot of swings at home, but most of the times, it was softball swings. So they had nothing to do with baseball." -- Colon, on his hitting
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For the second straight night, Stanton homered. The Miami slugger now has connected in five straight games against the Mets, dating to last September. That matches the longest such streak ever against the Mets. The other two -- Ryan Howard and Hank Aaron.
Colon's sacrifice fly was just the second of his career and first since 2002, when he set a career high with three RBIs. Colon has two RBIs this season and seven total in his career.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins:Mat Latos will be making his third start, and the right-hander seeks his first win vs. the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. Latos has struggled working deep into games,as he's logged 4 2/3 total innings. He dealt with some weather obstacles in his last start, which got the road trip rolling at Atlanta. There were two rain delays, and his night ended after 4-plus innings. Lifetime he is 2-3 (2.54) in eight starts against New York.
Mets:Jacob deGrom will look to continue building on his Rookie of the Year campaign against a team he beat twice in 2014. Met pitchers have allowed at least one first-inning run in each of the past four games, all New York wins.