DENVER, COLORADO—Mets fans can come off the ledge-at least for a day.
Facing growing fan discontent, the Mets put together their best effort of the young season, shutting out the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, 5-0. The win snapped the Mets four game losing streak and allowed them to salvage the finale of their three game set with the Rockies.
The star of the day was righthander Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey was in total control, twirling 7 shutout innings at Colorado. He scattered 5 singles and struck out 6 while not walking a batter. Pelfrey (2-0, 1.38 ERA) was the first Mets starting pitcher to see the 7th inning this season. Pedro Feliciano pitched the 8th and Francisco Rodriguez, who has yet to record a save thus far this season, finished up.
Pelfrey also helped his cause at the plate, going 1 for 2 with an RBI single, The Mets touched Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-1, 3.46 ERA) for 5 runs on eight hits in De La Rosa's 6 innings of work. Jason Bay opened the scoring in the first with an RBI single that scored Luis Castillo-Bay's 2nd run batted in this season. The Mets added a run in the third on a fielder's choice. After an Angel Pagan ground out made it 3-0, Pelfrey poked an opposite field single to cap a two run fourth inning. De La Rosa uncorked a wild pitch in the 5th to make it 5-0 Mets.
Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo each went 2-for-5 at the plate. Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-4. David Wright walked three times. The Mets (3-6) head to St. Louis to open a three game series with the Cardinals (6-3) Friday night. Scheduled starters are Oliver Perez (0-1, 6.35 ERA) for the Mets and Chris Carpenter (1-0, 5.73 ERA) for the Cardinals. The game will be televised locally on WPIX/PIX 11 at 8 pm. Reyes is expected to be moved from the leadoff spot to third in the lineup.