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Published: Wed, August 17, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

LEADING OFF: Red Sox on the road again, Taillon breaking out

LEADING OFF: Red Sox on the road again, Taillon breaking out

The New York Mets 43-year old zaftig hurler set a record last night and in the process removed himself from the record books.

Colon (L, 10-7) got a bad break in the first inning when third baseman T.J. Rivera's throwing error allowed Jean Segura to reach base to lead off the game. They loaded the bases with no one out and actually got all three runs to score thanks to a bases loaded walk and two sacrifice flies, making it an 8-5 game. In May, he cleared the left-field fence at Petco Park, becoming at 42 the oldest player in major league history to hit his first major league homer.

Castillo was scheduled to miss just three games early last week on paternity leave, but he also missed the weekend series in Boston when there were some now-resolved complications with the delivery.

The Diamondbacks scored three runs and had four stolen bases in five innings off Syndergaard in the last meeting.

NY (59-59) was swept in a three-game series by Arizona early last week.

Bartolo Colon already made Major League Baseball history earlier this season by hitting maybe the most improbable home run the sport has ever seen, but on Monday night, he did something he had never previously done before: draw a walk. "The pitcher didn't strike me out because he didn't want to".

"They have a good offensive team, and you have to pitch against them", Mets manager Terry Collins said. Unfortunately for the Mets, Hansel Robles couldn't keep the deficit at three, allowing Yasmani Tomas to smack a two run homer (22) to extend the lead to 10-5. The original due date was Tuesday. C Oscar Hernandez was optioned to Double-A Mobile to make room on the roster.

Neil Walker provided a little bit of hope in the ninth when he socked a solo home run, but it was too little, too late for the Mets.

On a positive note for the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes began a rehab assignment Monday and is on pace to rejoin the team Friday.

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