NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon let the trade talk get to him — a dozen years ago, when he was dealt from the Indians to the Expos.
Baseball is now long gone in Montreal, but the 41-year-old pitcher is still going strong — and certainly won’t get distracted by any rumors.
Travis d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, Colon made his second straight strong start, and the Mets crushed the Phillies 7-1 on the night of July 28.
“That’s when I really noticed this is a business,” Colon said of the 2002 trade. “Really after that I quit paying attention.”
D’Arnaud hit one of three Mets doubles as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catcher’s seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth.
Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing July 23d against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings in a 3-2 win. He wasn’t as dominant this time. But staked to a big lead, he was never in much trouble either, scattering 10 hits over 7 2-3 innings.
With the Mets up 7-0 in the sixth, the Phillies loaded the bases after umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Daniel Murphy’s foot didn’t touch the bag on a two-out force play at second base. New York challenged, and the call stood on review.
But Colon promptly struck out Cody Asche to end the threat. The big right-hander was taken out after 121 pitches upon allowing his only run on consecutive two-out doubles in the eighth.
“You’re not just looking at a guy who’s got experience,” Manager Terry Collins said. “This guy is down to earth. He’s calm. He’s not rattled by anything. He’s an inning-eating machine.”
A.J. Burnett (6-10), like Colon a veteran who could attract suitors before Thursday’s trade deadline, also was coming off a stellar outing. But after throwing 131 pitches July 23d, one shy of his career high, Burnett got off to a shaky start this time.
Curtis Granderson walked to open the bottom of the first, and Murphy drove him in with a double. Lucas Duda had an RBI single and Juan Lagares a two-run double later in the inning. Lagares snapped an 0-for-17 slump.
Burnett settled down, retiring 11 of the next 13 batters with four strikeouts. But with two outs in the fifth, he walked Duda. Chris Young singled, then d’Arnaud made it 7-0.
“There was no life, nothing,” Burnett said. “Balls were in the middle, were not on the corners. So, yeah, it was a brutal effort.”
Catcher Carlos Ruiz was 4 for 4 with Philadelphia’s only RBI. The Phillies left 12 men on base. They had 13 hits, but 11 of them were singles.
(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)