Castillo HR carries new club past Colon, Mets

Castillo HR carries new club past Colon, Mets

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the D-backs to a 2-1 win over the Mets on Saturday night at Chase Field.

Castillo's two-out homer was the lone mistake made by Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who allowed just five hits over seven innings and struck out seven but lost for the third time in five starts. The D-backs moved to 3-18 when trailing after six innings.

"It was one of the few mistakes he made all day," Mets catcher Anthony Recker said of Colon. "He was awesome today. He just left it out over the plate."

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D-backs starter Chase Anderson allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings, earning his ninth no-decision in 11 starts. Randall Delgado earned the win, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

"He and Welington worked really well together, moved the ball around, used all his pitches tonight," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Anderson. "He did a really great job."

Anderson holds Mets to one run

Go-ahead shot: Castillo jolted the first pitch he saw from Colon into the left-field seats with two outs in the seventh. Chris Owings singled the pitch before to snap a streak of eight straight outs recorded by Colon. It was Castillo's first hit since being acquired by the D-backs on Wednesday after he struck out in his first four at-bats and walked in the fifth. More >

"That was fantastic," Hale said. "We know [Castillo] can hit, he just needs the at-bats, needs to get comfortable. He picked a good time to hit his first home run for us."

Escaping danger: After Anderson allowed his third single of the sixth inning, Delgado entered with the bases loaded and two outs. The right-hander got Eric Campbell to fly out to right field as the Mets could not add to their slim 1-0 lead. Delgado has stranded 11 of 14 inherited runners this season.

Delgado strands the bases loaded

Juan-run shot: Juan Lagares gave the Mets an early lead in the second inning with an opposite-field solo homer that bounced off the top of the wall, and the Mets spent the rest of the game trying to make it stand up. The home run was Lagares' second of the season and first since May 9. He came into the game with seven strikeouts in 21 plate appearances this month.

...but only Juan run: In addition to stranding the bases loaded in the sixth inning, the Mets wasted a two-on, one-out rally in the ninth when John Mayberry Jr. hit into a game-ending double play. Since their 11-game winning streak ended on April 24, the Mets have scored more runs than only one team in baseball. More >

"He's unbelievable, he's a great teammate, he was so good for us in Oakland. I love to see him pitch well, just not against our team." --Hale, on Colon

Hale on one-run win

Colon's ground-ball single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to a career-high three games. His four hits this season are twice his total from last year, and tied for eighth among big league pitchers.

Colon extends hitting streak

Hale received his first career ejection at the end of the sixth inning. Paul Goldschmidt struck out looking for the third out and was upset with the location of the called third strike by home plate umpire Mark Rippenger. As Goldschmidt retreated to the dugout after his conversation with Rippenger, Hale continued to complain from the dugout stairs. That prompted Rippenger to eject Hale for his excessive arguing.

"When Goldy argues, I know it's not the right call, because he really knows the strike zone. I know how hard it is to umpire," Hale said. "I don't like to get thrown out and I don't like to argue balls and strikes because I know how hard it is to do."

Hale's ejection

Mets: Jacob deGrom will put one of the best statistical runs of his career on the line in Sunday's 4:10 p.m. ET series finale in Phoenix. Over his last four starts, the National League's reigning Rookie of the Year is 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA, 34 strikeouts and one walk.

D-backs: Josh Collmenter heads to the mound for the D-backs looking for his first win in over a month in the series finale at 1:10 p.m MST. Collmenter is 0-2 with a 7.83 ERA in his last five starts, completing six innings just once during that stretch.

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