Bartolo Colon: Mets pitcher Hits First Career Home Run ‘Against Padres’

Bartolo Colon: Mets pitcher Hits First Career Home Run Against Padres
Bartolo Colon: Mets pitcher Hits First Career Home Run Against Padres

Bartolo Colon hit his first career home run on Saturday night, a shot that came less than three weeks before his 43rd birthday.

Bartolo Colon crushed a two-run shot off San Diego Padres right-hander James Shields, launching a 1-1 fastball into the left-field seats at Petco Park. The unlikely home run — the first of the 42-year-old Colon’s career — helped power the Mets to a 6-3 win over the Padres Saturday, snapping New York’s two-game skid.

Bartolo Colon (3-1) allowed three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five over 6 2/3 innings, but his biggest contribution of the night came at the plate. After Kevin Plawecki looped a two-out double to center, Colon stepped into the batter’s box and promptly whacked Shields’ 90-mph offering out of the park, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead and causing the thousands of fans in attendance to erupt in a frenzy.

Bartolo Colon, who entered Saturday with a .089 batting average over his 19-year career in the majors, then embarked on a 30.6-second trot around the bases. In the meantime, the jubilant Mets vacated the dugout and waited for Colon to return before storming out together to engulf their teammate in congratulatory hugs.

Bartolo Colon became the second-oldest player to ever homer for the Mets, behind only Julio Franco, who accomplished the feat on May 4, 2007, at age 48. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Colon is also the oldest player in major-league history to hit his first career home run.

The milestone shot was one of four home runs for the Mets Saturday. Yoenis Cespedes put the Mets on the board, 2-0, with a two-run homer off Shields (1-5) in the top of the first inning, while David Wright and Michael Conforto hit back-to-back solo homers to open up a 6-3 lead for the Mets in the ninth.

The Mets never trailed in the game, though the Padres pulled within one run after Jon Jay hit a three-run homer off Bartolo Colon to make it 4-3 in the bottom of the third. San Diego threatened to come back in the eighth, when Brett Wallace and Melvin Upton Jr. hit a pair of two-out singles, but Addison Reed struck out Alexei Ramirez to strand the runners and preserve the Mets’ lead.

Closer Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his ninth save of the season.