NEW YORK -- Who says the Mets don’t stage Old-Timers’ Days?
A pair of 40-somethings led the way for the Amazin’s on Friday night at Citi Field.
Colon In a faceoff of spiraling teams and anemic offenses, San Diego opened the scoring on a two-run homer by former Mets farmhand Rene Rivera in the second inning. Afterward, the 41-year-old Colon did not allow another baserunner until Alexi Amarista’s leadoff double in the eighth.
Meanwhile, the 40-year-old Abreu -- who became the ninth Mets player to start in the cleanup slot this season -- scored twice and produced two RBIs in addition to producing four hits. It marked his first four-hit game since May 30, 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City.
The Mets (30-37) won for only the second time in their past 10 games. San Diego (28-39) has lost nine of 11.
Colon’s final line: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. He threw 118 pitches, his second-highest total since 2004.
He departed with a 6-2 lead, one out and Amarista on second. A strikeout and two walks by Josh Edgin later, Vic Black entered and retired Carlos Quentin on a tapper to third base to strand the bases loaded and close the book on Colon.
Abreu had a leadoff double in the second and scored on Taylor Teagarden’s two-out single to pull the Mets within 2-1. Two innings later, Abreu again singled and scored, this time on Lucas Duda’s double to left-center. Matt den Dekker followed with a tiebreaking ground-rule double that plated Duda and gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Abreu produced an RBI single in the fifth as the Mets expanded their lead to two runs against Andrew Cashner. He capped the Mets’ scoring with an RBI single in the seventh against left-hander Troy Patton.
Duda had a hard lineout to left field in his first at-bat and followed with two doubles while snapping an 0-for-15 drought.
What’s next: Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19 ERA) opposes right-hander Jesse Hahn at 4:10 p.m. Saturday. Hahn, who is being promoted from Double-A San Antonio for the start, pitched at Fitch High School in Groton, Conn., alongside teammate Matt Harvey. Harvey’s father, Ed, was their head coach.