Abreu, Colon lead Mets past Pads in opener

NEW YORK -- Bobby Abreu has now started three straight games in right field. And Terry Collins is going to have a hard time keeping the 40-year-old Abreu out of the lineup, even though the manager knows overuse can wear down the veteran and make him particularly susceptible to a leg injury.

"I talked to Bobby today about being honest with me," Collins said after Abreu went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Mets' 6-2 win against the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Citi Field. "If his legs start getting tired or a little run down, he's got to say something, because I know that leg injuries -- if they come to him -- they're going to be an issue. He told me he'd be honest if he started to get tired, or if his legs started getting a little run down he'd say something."

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Bartolo Colon retired 18 straight Padres batters at one point Friday.

Said Abreu: "I'm fine. I'm fine. I take care of myself. ... I know my job over here is to be a pinch hitter and once in a while in the outfield. Any time they need me there, I'm always going to be ready to play the game."

Abreu, who batted cleanup for the first time this season, and fellow 40-something Bartolo Colon proved Friday's stars. Colon retired 18 straight batters after surrendering a two-run homer to Rene Rivera in the second inning. He limited the Padres to two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven in 7 1/3 innings.

"I got a little mad," Colon said through an interpreter about the motivation provided by Rivera's homer. "I was meaning to throw that pitch outside and it was thrown in a little too much. So that really got me fired up."

Said catcher Taylor Teagarden: "The first couple of innings his fastball was just a little up. He just made an adjustment, kept the ball down and started mixing his slider and cleaned up his arm slot a little bit. After that it was smooth sailing. He was able to throw his sinker to both sides of the plate, really establish his four-seam fastball -- kind of elevating it on guys and throwing it over their barrels -- and kept them off-balance."