NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It wasn’t pretty, but man, was it entertaining.
Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon drove in his first run in a decade on Sunday in the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Braves.READ MORE: NYPD Officers Jason Rivera, Wilbert Mora Shot In Deadly Confrontation With Suspect Lashawn McNeil In Harlem
With the game tied at two in the top of the fourth inning and Wilmer Flores on third, the 41-year-old dumped a single into right field. With the infield in, the 283-pound veteran threw his bat at a high, outside pitch. His helmet fell off in the process and his bat shattered.
The right-hander was smiling ear to ear as he reached first base, and his teammates couldn’t help from cracking up in the dugout.
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“When he puts it in play he gets a cheer, so when he gets a hit it’s a double cheer,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after the victory.
It was his first RBI since June 10, 2005. Coincidentally, that came against the Mets as a member of the Angels.
When asked if he knew how long it had been since his last RBI, Colon joked, “Maybe it was 20 years ago.”
The hit ended an 0-for-37 slump for the three-time All-Star. It was the sixth career RBI for Colon, who went just 2-for-62 for the Mets last season.
On the mound — where he’s far more comfortable — Colon allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter, improving to 2-0.MORE NEWS: Sorokin, Nelson Lead Islanders To Win Over Coyotes