2009-07-29 / Sports

Mets Extend Win Streak With 4-0 Shutout Over Rockies

Mets Extend Win Streak With 4-0 Shutout Over Rockies

Mets starter Mike Pelfry goes 6.13 innings, giving up no runs on seven hits, three walks and six strikeouts to rank as winning pitcher (8-6).

By Dan Miller
The New York Mets were riding a three-game win streak as they faced the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night at Citi Field. They continued their winning ways with a seven-hit shutout that earned them a 4-0 victory to extend their streak to four.

 The Rockies came into the game with a 54-45 record, earning second place in the National League West, eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies sent Jason Marquis (12-6, 3.49 ERA) against the Mets’ Mike Pelfrey (7-6, 4.99 ERA).

The Mets scored first in the second inning on a leadoff double by first baseman Daniel Murphy and a run-scoring single by Jeff Francoeur. The Mets added single runs in the third and fourth innings as well, giving Pelfrey a 3-0 lead going into the sixth. A call to the bullpen got two relievers up quickly as Pelfrey loaded the bases in the sixth, but they sat down after Rockies catcher e flied out to Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur to end the inning and preserve the shutout to that point in the game.

Jeff Francouer, recently traded to the Mets from Atlanta for Ryan Church, singles home Daniel Murphy with the first run of the game in the second inning.

The Mets threatened again in their half of the sixth when David Wright doubled high off the centerfield wall. Murphy moved Wright to third on a long fly out to left. Francoeur was hit by a pitch and Mets manager Jerry Manuel, concerned about his recent acquisition from the Braves, ran to first base from the dugout along with the Mets trainer to see the extent of Francoeur’s possible injury. The rally ended when left fielder Cory Sullivan hit into an inning ending double play.

Following a double by Rockies centerfielder Dexter Flowler to lead off the seventh, the Mets pulled a double switch, replacing Pelfrey with lefthanded relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano and replacing left fielder Sullivan with Jeremy Reed, who would bat ninth. Manuel’s decision to replace Pelfry with Feliciano earned immediate dividends as Feliciano struck out the two batters he faced to end the seventh with the Mets holding a 3-0 lead. The Mets added another run in the eighth. Luis Castillo and Wright walked. With runners on first and second, Murphy singled to centerfield, scoring Castillo on a close play at the plate. Rockies manager Jim Tracy protested the call and was tossed from the game by home plate umpire Larry Vanover. The Mets’ seven-hit shutout led them to a thir fourth successive victory.

Luis Castillo scores from second base on a Daniel Murphy single in the eighth inning ss he slides across home plate safely.

An evening earlier, the Mets won their third game in a row when they defeated the Rockies on Monday night 7-3 in a game that saw Fernando Tatis belt a pinch-hit grand slam home run that broke a 3-3 tie and catapulted the Mets over the Rockies, 7-3.

Mets Notes
• Daniel Murphy (2-3, with two runs and one RBI in tonight’s contest). Murphy is batting .333 (10-30, including four doubles and five RBI over the last nine games) was named Player of the Game.

• Mike Pelfrey (winning pitcher, 8-6) has three straight wins versus the Rockies, last night going 6.1 scoreless innings and allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out five.
• David Wright extended his hitting streak to seven games after going 2-3 last night. Wright is batting .400 (10-25) over the seven-game span.

• Luis Castillo went 1-3 with a RBI and a run scored and is hitting .448 (26-58) with 16 runs scored, three doubles, one triple and nine RBI over his last 18 games. Castillo is leading the Major Leagues with a .543 on base percentage.

After Murphy singled to centerfield, scoring Castillo on a close play at the plate, Rockies manager Jim Tracy (4) argued the call and was tossed from the game by home plate umpire Larry Vanover.
Photos Dan Miller/DMD Images

• Jeff Francoeur went 1-3 with an RBI. He has driven in at least one run in his last five games, a total of nine RBI in all.

• Pedro Feliciano picked up his 70th hold in relief in last night’s game, a Mets franchise record. Feliciano passed Aaron Heilman following his 1.2 perfect innings of relief, including three strikeouts. Feliciano has not permitted a run at Citi Field this season in 22.2 innings of work. Overall, he has allowed only three runs over his last 13 innings of work with a 2.08 ERA.





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