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Colon falls short of no-hitter as Mets edge Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Bartolo Colon watched the line drive fall into the outfield grass and applauded. It was all Colon could do after his attempt to toss the first perfect game in New York Mets history was thwarted.

Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game on Wednesday afternoon, before giving up a two-out single to Robinson Cano in the seventh inning of the Mets' 3-2 win over the Mariners.

Colon left a 2-2 fastball elevated on the outer half of the plate and Cano served the pitch into left field, dropping it well in front of Eric Young Jr.

''You're a little disappointed when they get a hit, but that's what they're trying to do,'' Colon said through an interpreter. ''They're trying to get a hit and break up the no-hitter.''

New York manager Terry Collins went one step further than disappointment. He was certain if Colon was able to get Cano to finish off the seventh he would have completed the perfect game. Collins was the Mets manager when Johan Santana ended New York's franchise drought without a no-hitter in 2012.

''No doubt. There is no doubt in my mind that if he got by Cano he ramps it up. You see it a lot,'' Collins said. ''But you know, great game by him.''

A no-hitter is one of the few things missing from Colon's resume. He has a Cy Young. He's won a World Series title. He's made a career comeback after injuries left him out of baseball in 2010.

At age 41, Colon is pitching well enough that he's regularly being talked about as trade fodder for teams needing a starter with the non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaching.

''I don't know anything about that,'' Colon said. ''Those are decisions for the upper management and you can't control that stuff.''

Colon retired the first 20 batters he faced before Cano's single. Colon then had to hold on as Seattle rallied in the eighth and came within inches of tying the game on Brad Miller's RBI double that hit off the top of the wall.

Colon (9-8) improved to 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field, including his dominance of the Mariners when he was pitching for the Angels. Seattle had no answers for the rotund right-hander, who gave up two runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.

''He was a Cy Young class guy,'' Cano said. ''He knows how to pitch. Back in the day when the guy threw hard, everything was middle of the plate, fastball. Now you see a different guy that moves the ball, both sides, and a pretty good change up.''

Colon threw a one-hitter for the Angels against the Yankees in 2000 and was cruising until the seventh. He got the first two outs of the seventh, but Cano's single ended the bid for perfection. Cano was hitting .400 against Colon entering the game.

Corey Hart led off the eighth walking on a 3-2 pitch, just the fourth three-ball count Colon reached. After a fly out, Dustin Ackley singled to right, bringing the tying run to the plate.

Miller nearly tied it with one swing, doubling off the top of the wall in right-center, missing a home run by only a couple of feet. Colon was replaced by Jeurys Familia and Willie Bloomquist's infield groundout scored another, but Endy Chavez struck out to end the threat.

Jenrry Mejia got his 13th save pitching the ninth, despite giving up a pair of singles.

''[Colon] was awesome today. Great command of his fastball. We didn't use his off-speed that much,'' Mets catcher Anthony Recker said. ''... It made my job really easy.''

Daniel Murphy had an RBI double in the first and David Wright had an RBI single in the seventh. New York also had a score in the fifth when Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet with a 94 mph fastball from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker. Tejada instantly crumpled to the ground before walking off the field on his own power. Tejada passed all initial testing and was expected to fly with the team to Milwaukee.

''It scared me,'' Tejada said.

Notes

The Mets have 38 one-hitters in franchise history. ... Colon's only loss at Safeco field came in 2001 during the Mariners' 116-win season. ... Seattle LHP James Paxton (back) is expected to throw one more rehab start this weekend in the minors before possibly rejoining the club.

 
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Bartolo Colon, 41, loses a perfect game in the seventh inning but still comes away with his ninth win of the season. (USATSI)
Bartolo Colon, 41, loses a perfect game in the seventh inning but still comes away with his ninth win of the season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

B. Colon
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Eric Young Jr., LF3210210.232.318.303
Daniel Murphy, 2B4011112.287.335.406
David Wright, 3B4021011.280.340.407
Lucas Duda, 1B2100211.259.358.482
Bobby Abreu, DH2000203.254.351.360
Chris Young, RF4000015.198.283.346
Juan Lagares, CF3001010.280.313.386
Anthony Recker, C4000012.203.244.333
Ruben Tejada, SS1000000.235.358.292
   Eric Campbell, PR-SS2000010.321.367.422
Bartolo Colon, P0000000.051.051.077
   Jeurys Familia, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Jenrry Mejia, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2934378    
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (26, Walker)
SF - Juan Lagares (3)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (38), David Wright (51), Juan Lagares (26)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (26, 2nd base off Walker/Sucre)
Team LOB - 8
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bartolo Colon (W,9-8) 7.1322150 4.03
Jeurys Familia (H,9) 0.2000010 1.92
Jenrry Mejia (S,13) 1200020 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 101-69, Jeurys Familia 8-7, Jenrry Mejia 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 8-9, Jeurys Familia 1-0
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 26, Jeurys Familia 2, Jenrry Mejia 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Endy Chavez, RF4000011.255.280.342
James Jones, CF4000020.275.304.335
Robinson Cano, 2B4020000.332.389.455
Kyle Seager, 3B4000012.277.346.486
Corey Hart, DH3110110.212.295.332
   Stefen Romero, PR-DH0000000.199.240.317
Logan Morrison, 1B4000023.211.267.349
Dustin Ackley, LF3110000.244.295.358
Brad Miller, SS3011000.205.272.326
Jesus Sucre, C2000010.182.182.182
   a-Willie Bloomquist, PH1001000.278.297.346
   Mike Zunino, C0000000.204.255.411
Taijuan Walker, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dominic Leone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000.000.000.000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3225218    
a-grounded out for Sucre in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Miller (9, Colon)
RBI - Brad Miller (26), Willie Bloomquist (14)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cano-Miller-Morrison
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Taijuan Walker (L,1-2) 5222650 3.60
Dominic Leone 1.1211110 2.30
Joe Beimel 1.1000010 1.39
Danny Farquhar 1.1000010 2.60
HBP - Tejada (by Taijuan Walker)
Pitches-Strikes - Taijuan Walker 94-51, Dominic Leone 27-16, Joe Beimel 18-11, Danny Farquhar 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taijuan Walker 5-4, Dominic Leone 2-1, Joe Beimel 2-1, Danny Farquhar 2-1
Batters Faced - Taijuan Walker 23, Dominic Leone 7, Joe Beimel 4, Danny Farquhar 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36224
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Cory Blaser