NEW YORK --- The most anticipated reunion at Citi Field Tuesday night was the one between the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir, who was pitching against the Mets in New York for the first time since the Mets traded the then-20-year-old phenom in 2004.
But the most beneficial reunion was enjoyed by Mets outfielder Chris Young and right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon, a pair of ex-Athletics who sparked the Mets' 10-1 rout over Oakland.
Young hit a pair of solo homers and scored three times to not only spark a suddenly potent Mets offense but also quiet speculation about his future in New York. ESPNNewYork.com reported Monday that the Mets were considering cutting Young, who entered Tuesday hitting just .201 in 179 at-bats.
"Felt good for myself and for my teammates to come out there (and) swing the bats like we did," Young said. "It was a nice win against a really good ballclub."
The two-homer game was the first for Young since April 24, 2013.
Colon, who parlayed an 18-win season with Oakland into a two-year deal with the Mets, has continued to defy Father Time over the last 14 months. But Young, who signed a one-year contract with the Mets in November, was particularly impressed with how Colon handled his former teammates on Tuesday, when the 41-year-old threw eight strong innings in winning his sixth straight decision.
Colon spotted the Athletics a 1-0 lead in the first but didn't allow a runner past second base the rest of the night. He gave up four hits and walked one while striking out eight and retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced, including the last 10.
"They've got some bangers up there," Young said of the Athletics. "Playing with him last year, they know what their approach is going to be. They know exactly how he pitches. So for him to come out and do what he did, it was impressive."
Colon is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts, a stretch in which he has lowered his overall ERA from 5.84 to 3.67.
"When he takes the mound, you say 'I know he's going to get us to the eighth inning,'" Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When the ball's sinking and he's making pitches, he gets outs and you just have that feeling (of), 'Hey, look, if we score some runs, we're going to win tonight because he's pitching.'"
The Mets had no trouble providing support for Colon against Kazmir, a former first-round pick of the Mets who was sent to Tampa Bay in exchange for Victor Zambrano in a trade that was lampooned from the moment it was made on July 30, 2004.
New York scored three runs off Kazmir in the second, when Young homered three pitches after right fielder Curtis Granderson hit a two-run shot, and piled on with four more in the third, when catcher Travis d'Arnaud -- who was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day -- capped the outburst with a three-run homer to left.
"I've never played in Shea Stadium, I never played in Citi Field," Kazmir said. "So it's not really coming back for me. I guess there was a lot of talk about the trade, but that was a long time ago. That was like 10 years ago."
Kazmir gave up the seven runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four over three innings. The seven runs were the most Kazmir has allowed since July 10, 2010, when he surrendered 13 runs for the Los Angeles Angels against the Athletics.
Granderson finished with three RBIs while second baseman Daniel Murphy and third baseman David Wright had an RBI apiece for the Mets (36-41), who have won three in a row and five of their last six. New York has scored 21 runs in its last two games -- four more runs than the Mets scored in the eight games prior to Sunday's 10-5 win over the Miami Marlins.
Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Athletics, who have lost two in a row for just the second time this month. Oakland (47-30) still has the best record in baseball.
NOTES: To make room on the roster for C Travis d'Arnaud, the Mets placed C Taylor Teagarden on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Teagarden hit .143 with one homer and five RBIs in nine games while d'Arnaud was at Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Mets RHP Dillon Gee, who hasn't pitched since May 10 because of a right lat strain, began a rehab assignment Tuesday by tossing two scoreless innings for the Mets' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. ... Athletics OF Josh Reddick was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and 1B Kyle Blanks (strained left calf) was placed on the DL. Reddick missed three weeks with a hyperextended right knee. ... Oakland C Derek Norris, who took a backswing to the head for the third time this month Sunday, did not start Tuesday but was available off the bench.