SAN DIEGO — New York’s Bartolo Colon became the oldest player to hit his first major league home run, connecting Saturday night less than three weeks before his 43rd birthday, to help the New York Mets to a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Colon’s impressive two-run drive off James Shields into the seats in the left field corner gave the Mets a 4-0 lead with two outs in the second.
Colon (3-1) watched the ball all the way, and didn’t toss his bat until he was well more than halfway to first base. The portly pitcher’s trot around the bases took about 30 seconds.
When he returned to the dugout, his teammates were hiding in the tunnel before coming out to mob him.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who scored only three runs and had seven hits in losing the first two games of this four-game series.