If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.
Other than for one abysmal afternoon in Southern California, the rotund right-hander has given the Mets exactly what they would have expected for two years and $20 million.

With a chance to win a series against the defending NL champions, it was Colon to the rescue for the Mets with seven dominant innings in his team’s 4-1 victory over the Cardinals at Citi Field.

The Mets (12-10) moved two games above .500 for the first time this season in taking three of four from the Cardinals. The homestand continues with three games against the Marlins beginning Friday.

Colon (2-3) allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. Daisuke Matsuzaka worked a scoreless ninth to record his first major league save.