Thursday, August 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Rockies 1
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Home sweep home.
The Mets swept a three-game home series for the first time this season as they bested the Rockies 2-1 Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.
Dillon Gee threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball to record the win, and catcher Anthony Recker had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Cruising: Gee had the unenviable task of following Matt Harvey after his shutout Wednesday night, but he more than stepped up to the challenge. The Rockies, fielding a minor league lineup, didn't provide much opposition, save for a fourth-inning homer by Corey Dickerson. Gee has been fantastic since the All-Star break as he has now gone at least seven innings in each of his four starts since then, and has surrendered one run or less in three of those outings. Gee improved to 8-8.
Flores again: Wilmer Flores tied the score in the fourth inning with a fielder's choice that made it 1-1. Flores, playing third base for the injured David Wright, has four RBIs in his first three games. He went 0-for-3 and is 2-for-11 to start his career.
Getting dicey: Gee departed after allowing a single with two outs in the eighth, and was replaced by Scott Rice, who walked pinch hitter Troy Tulowitzki. David Aardsma replaced Rice and retired Michael Cuddyer on a soft fly to left with the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first base.
Bad running: Ike Davis made a costly blunder when he ran past third base with two outs in the fourth and got caught in a rundown, resulting in an out. Davis, to his credit, nearly outran Colorado's Nolan Arenado to the plate but was tagged out just before scoring. Davis went 1-for-3.
Up next: The Mets begin an 11-game trip Friday in Arizona. Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.23 ERA) faces Patrick Corbin (12-3, 2.33) at 9:40 p.m. ET.