Gee aims to regain staff's trust for late work

PHOENIX -- Dillon Gee did not fault Terry Collins for pulling him from a three-hit shutout after seven innings Wednesday, with his pitch count only at 72.

“I tried to stay in,” Gee said. “There’s only one person to blame for me coming out there, and that’s myself. That’s one of those things where I’m going to have to go out there and gain the confidence and the trust of the staff to let me keep going in the game. Terry did what he had to do. I respect it, but I definitely want to keep going.”

Gee earned his first 2014 victory in the Mets’ eventual 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Dillon Gee required only 72 pitches for seven scoreless innings Wednesday.

On Opening Day against the Washington Nationals, Gee had taken a 4-2 lead into the seventh when he ended up getting charged with two additional runs in a no-decision. In his next start, Gee took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds before getting charged with two additional runs.

“It’s been pretty frustrating lately -- even though in the first couple of games I thought I threw pretty well -- with ending on a sour note,” Gee said.

Asked if there has been one thing to bite him late in games, Gee said: “No. It’s just making that one mistake late in the game and them taking advantage of it. … It’s definitely not fatigue. I feel fine out there. We make mistakes. It’s just they really capitalized on those mistakes the past couple of games.”

Conscious of Gee losing leads late in his past two starts, Collins lifted Gee with a 3-0 lead after seven innings Wednesday despite the low pitch count.

The D-backs had started hitting balls hard against Gee in the seventh, including a monster double off the center-field wall by Paul Goldschmidt. Andrew Brown then needed to make a stellar catch at the right-field wall to retire Miguel Montero.

“He fell behind [Aaron] Hill. I think the ball was up. He got him out, but then two other balls were hit good,” Collins said. “I just said, ‘You know what? I want this guy to leave feeling good instead of feeling disgusted.’ So I took him out.”

Gee helped his own cause with an alert play at second base.

In the sixth, Gerardo Parra attempted a double on a sinking liner that dropped in front of Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The center fielder recovered the baseball and delivered it to Ruben Tejada, who in turn threw to Gee manning second, where he applied the tag.

Gee received a jolt to his left knee on the modest collision at second base. He discovered after his departure from the game a cleat mark just below his right knee from Parra’s spikes, too.

“A little banged up, but I’m good,” Gee said.