The ugliest game in which the Mets have participated this year – or at least a strong contender – at least had a sexy starting pitching performance.

Bartolo Colon took the pressure off his struggling lineup and overworked bullpen Wednesday with his best outing in a Mets uniform. With the 40-year-old righty throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, the Mets cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Pirates at Citi Field.

The Mets (24-28) won their second straight and finished with two victories in three games against the Pirates for their first series win in May.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the eighth, giving the Mets the insurance they needed on a day when neither team was crisp: Four errors were committed in the game and the Mets had two base-running blunders. Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton also had two wild pitches.
Colon (4-5) allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked one over 121 pitches. It came after an eight-inning performance at Washington in which he allowed only two runs.

Ike Davis came to the plate as the tying run in the eighth, but hit into an inning-ending double play against Jeurys Familia to keep the Mets’ lead at 3-0.

Two base-running miscues hurt the Mets. In the fifth, Juan Lagares was caught attempting to steal third with two outs, leaving David Wright at the plate.