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Met Homers Beat Marlins, 7-0

first_imgMIAMI — Bartolo Colon was in such control against the Marlins Marlins, he took a chance and made play for the highlights.Colon pitched a nine-hitter and made a nifty behind-the-back toss on a grounder, and the New York Mets hit three homers in a 7-0 victory over the Marlins Sept. 5.In the bottom of the sixth, Colon fielded Justin Bour’s slow-rolling grounder near the first-base line and flipped the ball behind his back to first base as he crossed the line to end the inning.“I thought about (the flip) before I got the ball,” Colon said. “Because there were two outs and we were seven runs ahead, I did it.”Asked if he had ever done such a move before, Colon said: “No, but I practice it (with the other pitchers).”New York manager Terry Collins was left amazed by the play. “I’ve never seen anything like it. He better be No. 1 on SportsCenter tonight,” Collins said with a smile.Colon (13-11) struck out two and walked none while throwing 100 pitches and extending his scoreless innings streak to 25. The 42-year-old right-hander became the oldest Mets pitcher to throw a shutout. He topped Miguel Batista, who threw one at age 40 in 2011.“I’ve been working hard in the bullpen with the pitching coach, mainly on my secondary pitches, and that’s made by fast ball better,” said Colon through a translator.It was Colon’s 36th career complete game and 13th career shutout. He last accomplished both feats during the 2013 season. It was also the 12th shutout for Mets pitchers this season.“He’s a very crafty and tough veteran,” Miami manager Dan Jennings said. “He understands the art of pitching and that’s why he’s had the success he’s had.”Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in a four-run first inning and Juan Lagares went deep in a three-run second to help the Mets win at Miami for the 10th time in the last 15 games.“I think (d’Arnaud’s home run) woke us up a little bit. The ball was absolutely crushed,” Collins said of the shot to dead center field.Brad Hand (4-5) gave up all seven runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings to fall to 0-5 in his career against the Mets.“I was leaving the ball up and everything was flat,” Hand said. “They were sitting on the heater and they got to it.”Colon was never in serious trouble. Miami had runners on first and third with two outs in the fourth inning, but Colon got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out to third to end the threat.J.T. Realmoto’s double in the seventh inning was the Marlins’ only extra-base hit as Colon improved to 7-3 against them as a Met.The Mets got to Hand quickly. David Wright singled with one out in the first and Yoenis Cespedes walked. One out later, d’Arnaud hit a three-run homer to center that cleared the deepest part of Marlins Park. Flores followed with his 15th, a blast to left center.Lagares’ two-run homer in the second made it 6-0, and d’Arnaud’s RBI single off reliever Andre Rienzo later in the inning capped the scoring.Wright continues to have success at Marlins Park. His two singles in four at-bats improved his average to .331 in 31 career games in Miami. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane full of praise for Jürgen Klopp’s ‘formidable work’ at Liverpool

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Jürgen Klopp Zidane said he expected a clash of styles in Kiev on Saturday evening. “I don’t think we play the same kind of football as a team,” he said, adding that Real would be fully prepared and did not expect any surprises.“Everyone speaks about the three up front [Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané] and says they’re less at the back, but they’re a team unit. They’ve got to the final and deserve to be there, just like us.”Inevitably talk turned to Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah but Zidane was unequivocal when asked whether he would swap the Portuguese for Liverpool’s Egyptian forward.“Cristiano is the best; he shows it every year,” he said. “Sometimes pressure gets to players and it spurs others on. He is certainly the latter. He’s of maximum importance to us.”Zidane warned Liverpool that Real are as hungry as ever to win the Champions League, rejecting claims that they might have lost their edge, having won the past two finals and three of the last four.“We always have the same desire and nobody can say we don’t,” he said. “We’re in a third final [in a row] and we have the chance to do something historic and win it three times in a row. You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us; it simply isn’t true. Nobody can take our hunger away from us. We’re Real Madrid … We always want more and will always give our all to get more.” Topics Share on Pinterest Zinedine Zidane has praised his “formidable” opposite number Jürgen Klopp before Real Madrid take on Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.The Frenchman was full of praise for the German manager, who has led Liverpool to two European finals since he took over towards the end of 2015.“I don’t know him personally, I’ve never spoken with him but I’ve seen his work and it’s formidable,” Zidane said. “He has shown it over the years, not only at Dortmund but also now with Liverpool. I respect him a lot for what he’s doing in the Champions League and Premier League.” Desire can deliver Champions League dream for Liverpool, says Jürgen Klopp Share on WhatsApp Champions League Share on Twitter Real Madrid Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email Liverpool Zinedine Zidane Share on Messenger news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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