NEW YORK -- Scott Kazmir has been so good for the Oakland Athletics,
manager Bob Melvin wasnt prepared to see his ace flop so badly. Womens Harrison Smith Jersey
Kazmir was tagged for three homers and allowed a season-high seven runs
in the As 10-1 loss to the New York Mets and Bartolo Colon on Tuesday
"Its almost a shock when you see him give up some runs but he just got
some balls up, missed locations with a few of them and they didnt miss
them," Melvin said. "Usually hes so unpredictable in his pitches that if
he does get a ball up sometimes he gets away with it but he didnt
A first-round draft pick by New York in 2002 but sent to Tampa Bay in a
very unpopular trade two years later, Kazmir struggled from the start in
his first start ever in Queens.
He entered with the ALs best ERA (2.08) and on a four-game winning
streak, but was out after just three innings. His ERA rose to 2.66.
Kazmir (9-3) gave up consecutive homers to Curtis Granderson and
Chris Young in the second inning and a three-run shot to Travis dArnaud
in the third. The left-hander went 22 starts without giving up more than
one homer in a game since Aug. 18, with the Indians.
Kazmir blamed his lack of command on his troubles, not his first outing
against the Mets in New York -- he beat the Mets in September in
"Ive never played in Shea Stadium. Id never played in Citi Field so its
not really coming back for me," Kazmir said. "I think itd be a little
bit different if I had actually played at the big league level with the
Mets and had a little bit of history in that regard, but it was just
going out here today to take care of business."
The As second straight loss ended with reliever Jeff Francis striking
out. Melvin had Derek Norris and Craig Gentry on the bench but Gentry
was given a cortisone shot in a knee. Norris was out of the lineup after
being hit by a backswing on Sunday.
"I wasnt going to use him in that type of game," Melvin said of Norris.
Colon (8-5) shut down the team that didnt want him back this year
despite an 18-win season, pitching four-hit ball for eight innings
against the AL West leaders.
Signed by the Mets 10 days after the As inked Kazmir in December, Colon
won his sixth straight decision. He also singled for his second straight
game, much to the delight of the 25,751 in attendance.
"Just when you think youve got him figured out hes going to throw
something that you have no idea hes going to throw and thats just a
testament to how good he is," Stephen Vogt said of Colon. "Obviously Im
frustrated that we didnt beat him but obviously it was great to see
Colon only faced trouble in the first when Yoenis Cespedes followed
Brandon Moss single with a double to the wall in centre field for the
Colon gave up a hit to Cespedes in the fourth and another single in the
fifth to Coco Crisp, but he otherwise cruised through the best
run-producing lineup in the majors.
"It feels really good in particular because its a team like the Oakland
As, which for me right now is the No. 1 team," Colon said through a
Slumping Mets outfielder Chris Young also homered off failed closer
Jim Johnson in the fifth for only the Mets fifth four-homer game at Citi
Field since it opened in 2009, according to STATS.
Granderson and David Wright had RBI groundouts, and Daniel Murphy added a
run-scoring single for the Mets, who scored at least 10 runs in
consecutive games for the first time since June 28-29, 2011, in Detroit.
They beat Miami 11-5 on Sunday.
The Mets have won a season high-tying three straight.
NOTES: The As activated RF Josh Reddick before the game. He was 0 for 2
with a walk. ... Oakland placed 1B Kyle Blanks on the 15-day DL with a
left calf strain. ... Wright tied a career high with an RBI in his
seventh straight game. ... First base umpire Joe West was hit in the
chest by a line drive but he barely flinched. ... Up next: Oakland LHP
Brad Mills (0-0) vs. New York RHP Zack Wheeler (3-7).
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and winger Jack Combs from the Florida Panthers in exchange for centre
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Pinizzotto, 29, has recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) and 67
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