Bartolo Colon evened out his record at 10-10 with a win after limiting the Marlins to a lone run in eight innings on Monday.
The right-hander relented the run in his final inning when Christian Yelich ripped an RBI double, cutting into the Mets' 12-0 lead. Colon scattered seven hits overall, walked none, and struck out five. He's been very inconsistent this season, particularly lately, and owns a mediocre 4.72 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and a 98/14 K/BB ratio over 127 2/3 innings. After winning for the first time since June 12, Colon will look to make it two in a row in Tampa Bay against the Rays next.
Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Mets easily handled the Nationals on Monday.
Granderson knocked in the final two of the Mets' 12 runs with a seventh-inning single. The outfielder has been on a tear at the plate, batting .320 (24-for-75) in his last 18 games. He's turned in a productive year, posting a .258/.351/.445 triple-slash line along with 17 home runs and 40 RBI.
Yoenis Cespedes plated four runs, doubling three times in five at-bats on Monday as the Mets routed the Nationals.
Cespedes had only one hit in eight plate appearances since joining the Mets, but broke out on Monday. He doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning and later scored, then added another two-run two-bagger in the sixth before coming home on a wild pitch. The Mets are now in first place ahead of the Nationals and Cespedes should provide plenty more offense for them down the stretch.
Michael Conforto's first major league home run was a three-run home run that gave the Mets a lead they wouldn't relinquish on Monday versus the Marlins.
The 22-year-old rookie was batting .211 (4-for-19) in his first six big league games entering Monday. With a pair of ducks on the pond, Conforto deposited a Tom Koehler offering over the fence in right field at Marlins Park to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. He finished 2-for-4.
Brad Ziegler recorded the final two outs of Monday's 6-4 win against the Nationals to earn his 19th save.
The Diamondbacks entered the bottom of the ninth with a 6-0 lead and Daniel Hudson on the mound, but the right-hander allowed a solo home run followed by three singles and a double, leading to four runs scoring before departing. Ziegler entered and got Jayson Werth to ground out and Yunel Escobar to foul out to end the contest. He moves to 19-for-21 in save situations with a 1.17 ERA and a 28/14 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings.
Welington Castillo hit another home run in Monday's victory versus the Nationals, finishing 1-for-4.
Castillo went back-to-back with David Peralta in the fourth inning against Doug Fister. His solo blast made it a 4-0 ballgame. The catcher has five home runs in his last six games, giving him 12 on the season and 10 since joining the Diamondbacks in early June.
David Peralta went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, aiding in Monday's win against the Nationals.
Peralta boosted the Diamondbacks' lead to 3-0 with a two-run home run off of Doug Fister in the fourth inning. It was his first home run since July 18, but he had hit .316 (12-for-38) in that span of time, so it wasn't a slump. On the season, the outfielder is batting a healthy .284/.353/.503 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI.
Doug Fister was hit hard in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday, serving up five runs in six innings.
Four of the five runs scored on home runs. Nick Ahmed hit a solo shot in the third inning, David Peralta whacked a two-run homer in the fourth and Welington Castillo went yard for a solo shot in the same frame. Fister allowed eight hits overall, walking none and striking out six. The right-hander hasn't been able to make much progress in lowering his ERA, which currently stands at 4.60 along with a 1.42 WHIP and a 48/18 K/BB ratio over 86 innings. Fister will try to get back in the win column when he faces the Rockies at home next.