- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - It’s no secret: Bartolo Colon simply sticks with his fastball.

He runs it, sinks it, spots it right on the corner or just above the hands.

So the Pittsburgh Pirates went into Wednesday’s game well aware their mound opponent was relying on that heater some 90 percent of the time this season. Still, they couldn’t do much with it.

Colon carried a three-hitter into the eighth inning, and the New York Mets got home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda in a 5-0 victory over the sloppy Pirates.


“It’s impressive to watch from third base,” Wright said. “You look up at the scoreboard and it’s high 80s, low 90s (mph) fastball. He throws a lot of them, but he just knows exactly where it’s going and he just dissects hitters.”

Pitching four days after his 41st birthday, Colon (4-5) struck out a season-high nine - seven looking - in his second consecutive win.

Wright added an RBI single during an eventful afternoon in which he also stole a base, made two throwing errors and robbed Andrew McCutchen of extra bases with a diving play near the line.

New York salvaged the final two games of a 4-5 homestand after firing batting coach Dave Hudgens and replacing him with minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson.

“I didn’t expect anybody to kind of hang their heads about it,” Wright said. “Hopefully, the transition to LJ is going to be a smooth one. He’s off to a good start.”

The Mets improved to 13-17 at Citi Field, winning the series against Pittsburgh for their first back-to-back victories at home since a three-game streak from April 23-25. They open a season-high 11-game trip Thursday night with a five-game series in Philadelphia and play 25 of their next 33 on the road until July 4.

“We’ve played pretty good on the road, so we’re looking forward to it,” Duda said.

Colon reached 2,000 strikeouts when he caught ex-Met Ike Davis looking in the sixth. The burly right-hander saved the souvenir, tossing the ball to injured ace Matt Harvey in the dugout.

“Just amazing how he works both sides of the plate,” Wright said. “You just see, he freezes hitters.”

Colon’s previous turn Friday was washed out by rain after he yielded two runs in four innings against Arizona. In his last outing that counted, he went eight innings to beat Washington 5-2 on May 17.

“He threw it where he wanted and we couldn’t put anything together,” Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker said.

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