NEW YORK -- The New York Mets are on their longest winning streak in four years, buoyed by historic production from a 41-year-old pitcher.
Bartolo Colon limited Miami (3-8) to one run on six hits in seven innings.
Once futile at the plate, Colon also delivered the second sacrifice fly of his career, which pulled the Mets even at 1 in the fifth. The Mets (8-3) broke the tie an inning later on Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single and Eric Campbell’s sacrifice fly, which allowed Colon to depart with a two-run lead. Daniel Murphy added an RBI double in the eighth.
Jeurys Familia notched his MLB-leading fifth save. All have come this week.
Colon’s other sacrifice fly came in 2002 with the Montreal Expos against Tom Glavine in Atlanta. It came 2½ months after Omar Minaya acquired him from the Cleveland Indians for Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips.
Colon (3-0) already has two RBIs this season, one shy of matching his ’02 career high.
Colon also became the fifth pitcher since 1955 to win at least three straight starts to begin a season at age 41 or older. He joined Kenny Rogers, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan and Phil Niekro, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Maybe walk him? Giancarlo Stanton now has homered in five straight games against the Mets. Stanton took Colon deep over the shortened right-center wall to stake the Marlins to a 1-0 lead in the first.
Stanton’s long-ball streak matches the longest ever against the Mets. Hank Aaron (1962-63) and Ryan Howard (2006-07) also went deep in five straight games against the Mets.
Still golden: Juan Lagares formally was presented with his Gold Glove in a pregame ceremony. He then showed why he earned the award with three stellar grabs.
Lagares ran down Adeiny Hechavarria’s line drive to left-center in the second inning to strand J.T. Realmuto at second base. An inning later, Lagares retreated to deep center to run down Christian Yelich’s shot. Lagares also took away a sinking liner from Realmuto, after a slight hesitation reading the play, with two on base in the seventh.
Debutant: Danny Muno made his major league debut as a pinch hitter in the seventh against Sam Dyson. Muno sent a liner off Dyson’s right hip for an infield single. He then stole second base.
Still perfect: Jerry Blevins tossed a perfect eighth. He has retired all 13 batters he has faced this season -- 12 of them lefties.
No justice: Ex-Yankee David Phelps held the Mets hitless until Wilmer Flores’ one-out single in the fifth. Phelps had preceded the Flores at-bat by walking Campbell. Campbell ultimately scored on Colon’s sacrifice fly.
What’s next: The Mets now have things lined for a potential four-game sweep. Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46 ERA) opposes right-hander Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36) at 7:10 p.m. ET Saturday. A win in that game would give the Mets their longest winning streak since posting eight straight victories from June 10-18, 2010. DeGrom looks to extend his scoreless streak, which stands at 11 1/3 innings since allowing a first-inning homer to Ryan Zimmerman in D.C. on April 8. Matt Harvey then looms in Sunday’s series finale.