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Bartolo Colon may have to wait until 2016 to catch Pedro Martinez

PHILADELPHIA -- Bartolo Colon may now have to wait until next year, but he would relish catching Pedro Martinez for second on the all-time wins list by Dominican-born pitchers.

In what was likely his final start of this season, Colon allowed a first-inning three-run homer to Darin Ruf and was tagged with the loss in the New York Mets' 4-3 defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

Colon failed to win any of his final three starts of the regular season, leaving him with 218 career victories. Juan Marichal leads Dominican-born pitchers in career wins with 243, followed by Martinez with 219.

"It's really significant for me," Colon said through an interpreter. "It would mean a lot for me to be tied with Pedro for the second-most wins for a Dominican player. But even though I would be there with Pedro -- we would have the same number of wins -- Pedro was a better pitcher than me."

Colon allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings on Tuesday. Manager Terry Collins said Colon would have pitched longer had the game come in the middle of the season, but the Mets wanted to get Jonathon Niese relief work and also get Carlos Torres back on the mound for the first time in nine days.

Colon may end up with a relief appearance this weekend against the Washington Nationals, since all signs point to Steven Matz claiming the final postseason rotation spot over Colon. For now, Colon has a 14-13 record and 4.18 ERA in 193⅔ innings.

"For a personal record, I think it was OK," Colon said about his 2015 body of work. "I know 14-13 means a lot for me. I think I did everything in my power to help the team, to put it in position to win. For me, personally, it was an OK season."

Colon declined to speak about his postseason role.

As for surrendering the homer to Ruf, Colon said: "It was a really bad location -- bad execution on my part. I didn't want to throw that pitch in that particular location. Anybody who throws that pitch down the middle of the plate like that is going to get hit like I did tonight."

Meanwhile, Colon should get a chance to catch and pass Martinez next season. Although he will turn 43 years old in May, Colon intends to return for another season in 2016.

"If I get that opportunity, I'm going to continue to pitch and play," Colon said.