DENVER—The Mets knew they needed a strong performance from starter Dillon Gee if they wanted to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. That’s exactly what they got as Gee threw six scoreless to shut down the hottest hitting team in the majors as the Mets downed the Rockies 5-1.
Gee (W, 3-1, 2.51 ERA) extended his scoreless streak to a career-best 16 innings with today’s outing. He was able to effectively mix up his pitches and in particular, his breaking pitches kept the Rockies guessing all game. All they could muster was six hits off the righty—a great effort from Gee considering the Rockies entered the game leading the majors in home runs, RBI, batting average and slugging percentage.
The Mets opened the scoring in the top of the first when Curtis Granderson drove in Juan Lagares with an RBI single. Lagares was entered into the lineup when Eric Young Jr. was scratched after suffering an injury in pre-game warmups. Young bruised his cheekbone after he was hit in the face with a ball off of Lucas Duda’s bat in the indoor batting cage. Young passed concussion tests and x-rays revealed no fractures. He is listed as day-to-day.
RBI doubles in the third by David Wright and Chris Young swelled the Mets’ lead to 3-0. Another RBI double in the fourth by Daniel Murphy gave the Mets a 4-0 lead off Rockies’ starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Chacin was rusty in his first start of the season off the disabled list. He gave up four runs on eight hits, walked five and struck out four over five innings. Chacin spent the first month of the year on the DL with a strained shoulder in his right pitching arm.
Lucas Duda plated the Mets’ fifth run with an RBI double in the seventh. Justin Morneau blasted his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to break the shutout.
The Mets hit the road again and head to sunny south Florida to start a three-game set with the Miami Marlins. Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20 ERA) opposes right-hander Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. The Marlins are an MLB-best 14-5 at home this season.
- Lagares went 3-5 with two runs scored and extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games.
- With the win, the Mets moved to 16-14 and currently sit one game back of the first place Atlanta Braves.
- The Mets hit five doubles on the afternoon.
- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado doubled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.
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