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Game 9: Mets @ Rockies

5:50 p.m.: Francisco Rodriguez closes out a 5-0 win. Mike Pelfrey improves to 2-0 as the Mets snap a four-game skid. It's the Mets' first shutout in 71 games in franchise history at Colorado.

5:29 p.m.: Jerry Manuel calls upon Pedro Feliciano for the eighth.

5:27 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey's outing is done. Frank Catalanotto pinch hits in eighth. Pelfrey allowed five hits while striking out six and issuing no walks.

5:23 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey has contributed seven scoreless. He's at 108 pitches, so it's not likely he goes the distance.

5:02 p.m.: We're through six innings, with Mike Pelfrey still working on a shutout. Pelfrey does not have any shutouts to his credit, but he has started seven games in which he did not allow a run. The longest came against Colorado on Aug. 13, 2008, when he tossed eight scoreless innings and combined with Joe Smith for a 7-0 win at Shea Stadium.

4:47 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey did balk in the fifth inning, but not to worry. His 2009 issues haven't resurfaced. He stopped during his delivery when he saw Melvin Mora begin to step out of the batter's box. Time, though, had not been granted. It's 5-0 Mets, top sixth.

4:39 p.m.: Luis Castillo scores on wild pitch in the fifth. It's 5-0 Mets.

4:09 p.m.: Maybe the misfortune is starting to turn. After loading the bases with none out in the fourth, Henry Blanco flied out to left field -- to shallow for Jason Bay to tag up from third. Angel Pagan then sent a potential double-play grounder to shortstop, but narrowly beat the relay throw to first base, plating Bay. With two out, Mike Pelfrey followed with an RBI single of his own. It's 4-0 Mets, still in the top of the fourth.

3:48 p.m.: Not a good day on the bases. Mike Pelfrey should have been trapped, but he's a pitcher and that's excusable. No excuse, Luis Castillo tagged out in a rundown after stealing second ... which he couldn't occupy since Jose Reyes -- the lead runner -- didn't steal third. Reyes then did try a steal of third base with David Wright at the plate and was thrown out. Then Wright struck out to end the ugly frame. Still 2-0 Mets, middle three.

3:45 p.m.: It's the Mike Pelfrey hour. Pelfrey walked and ultimately reached third base. From there, he was trapped heading home on Luis Castillo's grounder to third base. However, Ian Stewart's throw to catcher Miguel Olivo wasn't handled and Pelfrey scored.

3:39 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey has tossed two scoreless innings. Troy Tulowitzki, who reached on an infield single that Jose Reyes couldn't handle, was erased stealing second base by the Henry Blanco-Luis Castillo combination. That's the first runner thrown out by a Mets catcher this season in four attempts. Rod Barajas had been 0-for-3. Miguel Olivo pulled a ball foul, outside of the left-field pole, and then struck out to end the second. Mets still lead, 1-0.

3:24 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey breezes through the first inning, striking out two. Mets lead after an inning for the first time since Friday.

3:18 p.m.: Make that 1-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Jeff Francoeur grounds into double play. Mets lead, 1-0, after a half-inning. Remember, if Mike Pelfrey can hold the lead in the bottom of the first, the Mets will be leading after an inning for the first time since winning Friday's game. That's 37 innings -- one shy of the most in the majors this season.

3:16 p.m.: The Mets are 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position today. Jason Bay picks up his second RBI as a Met, scoring Luis Castillo with a single up the middle against Jorge De La Rosa. Mets still batting with two on, one out in first inning.

3:02 p.m.: As we approach the first pitch, check out this stat from the ESPN Stats & Analysis Department:

April 15 is Tax Day, so let’s see which bullpens have been the most taxed this season. The Nationals have averaged 4.4 innings per game out of their pen, which is currently sporting a 5.86 ERA. The Mets have the second most used relief staff, but sport a 2.08 bullpen ERA.

Most Bullpen Innings Pitched Per Game, 2010 Season

Inn. Per Game ERA

Nationals 4.4 5.86

Mets 3.8 2.08

Tigers 3.8 3.44

Pirates 3.7 5.94

Braves 3.6 4.34

2:43 p.m.: Here's the Rockies lineup:

Seth Smith, LF

Dexter Fowler, CF

Jason Giambi, 1B

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Ian Stewart, 3B

Miguel Olivo, C

Ryan Spilborghs, RF

Melvin Mora, 2B

Jorge De La Rosa, LHP

1:01 p.m.: Here's Thursday's lineup as the Mets try to salvage the final game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. After opposing left-hander Jorge De La Rosa today, it's on to St. Louis, where the Mets will see Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright:

Jose Reyes, SS

Luis Castillo, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Jason Bay, LF

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Fernando Tatis, 1B

Henry Blanco, C

Angel Pagan, CF

Mike Pelfrey, RHP

BID FAREWELL: Despite Angels pitcher Joel Pineiro claiming the Mets never made him an offer as a free agent this winter, Mets officials tell a far different story. Team officials have claimed for months that Pineiro wasn't sincere in his interest in the club, in their estimation, and that the Mets were willing to meet or narrowly exceed the offers he received elsewhere.

SALUTE: Mets players are all wearing No. 42 today as a tribute to Jackie Robinson.

REST ASSURED: Johan Santana acknowledged working every fifth day is ideal for him, but he has no gripe with the Mets going straight through in the rotation even with team off-days. The Mets are into a stretch of games on 16 straight days, so the issue is moot for now. When the Mets start having off-days again, Santana does expect to go every fifth day and have the other pitchers work around him.

EIGHT MAN: Manager Jerry Manuel told the New York Times that Ryota Igarashi is now his eighth-inning reliever after the right-hander had an impressive inning Wednesday against the Rockies. Of course, that's a fluid situation. And if multiple left-handed batters are up in the ninth inning, that could change anyway.