Gee follows Harvey's shutout with gem

NEW YORK -- Toeing the rubber less than 24 hours after Matt Harvey twirled a brilliant complete-game shutout didn't carry any additional pressure for Dillon Gee.

"Harvey is Harvey. He's unreal," Gee said. "I'm just trying to go out there and do what I can do to help us win baseball games."

Turns out, Gee doesn't have to be Harvey to shut down an opposing lineup.

Gee threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball as he powered the Mets to a sweep over the Rockies with a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Gee has pitched into the seventh inning in seven straight starts.

"It's a big boost for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said of his team's first three-game home sweep. "We didn't exactly knock the ball all over the ballpark, but it shows you can win games if you do the little things -- the baserunning, the defense, make pitches, get productive outs, move runners along, get runners in scoring position. You never know what's going to happen."

Facing a depleted Colorado squad, as the Rockies rested several of their stars in a day game following a night game, Gee navigated the lineup with ease. Colorado started the game with back-to-back singles, but a pretty outfield assist from Marlon Byrd helped Gee escape the inning with no damage.

Collins said Gee didn't have a great bullpen session before the game, and the starter improved as the game progressed. Gee's lone blemish came when Corey Dickerson smashed a leadoff homer in the fourth to right-center to give the Rockies a 1-0 edge. Gee yielded eight hits on the afternoon.

Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee

#35 SP
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM23
  • W8

  • L8

  • BB37

  • K101

  • ERA3.82

Nursing a 2-1 lead with two outs in the eighth, Gee surrendered a single and was removed after just 87 pitches. Reliever Scott Rice walked Troy Tulowitzki to put the go-ahead run aboard, but David Aardsma retired Michael Cuddyer to preserve the lead. Gee improved to 8-8.

"You want to be out there," Gee said of being pulled. "I knew I was only at like 80-something pitches and I wanted to be out there to finish it, but we won and that's all that matters."

While Harvey dominates the headlines when it comes to Mets' starters, Gee has been a great complement to the ace over the past few months. Dating to his victory over the Yankees on May 30, Gee is 6-2 with a 2.42 ERA in his last 13 starts, 10 of which have been quality outings.

Since the All-Star break, he's been particularly effective, lasting at least seven innings in all four starts and giving up one run or fewer in three of those outings. Gee now owns a 2.08 ERA at Citi Field this year.

"I don't worry about that stuff," Gee said of his numbers. "At the end of the year, when you look up, you see what it's been. I try to take it day by day, and hopefully we win the games."