Mets Complete Sweep of Rockies

The Mets completed the sweep of the Rockies Thursday afternoon at Citi Field behind the solid pitching of Dillon Gee, their first three-game sweep at home this season.

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Marlon Byrd scored what turned out to be the winning run in 4th inning Thursday.

The Rockies got on the board in fourth when Corey Dickerson led off the inning with a home run to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

But the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd both singled, and when Ike Davis walked, the bases were loaded with no outs. Wilmer Flores literally threw his bat at the ball, hitting a slow roller to short. He was just out at first, but a run scored to tie the game. With runners on first and third, Anthony Recker hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-1 game. Omar Quintanilla was intentionally walked, and Dillon Gee hit a ball into the hole at second. DJ LeMahieu made a good play to keep it from going into the outfield. But Davis made a wide turn at third. LeMahieu threw behind Davis, who got into a rundown and was tagged out.

Gee was cruising along until he allowed a single with two outs in the eighth. With Dickerson, who hit that home run in the fourth, due up, Terry Collins came out with the quick hook, removing Gee after just 87 pitches. Scott Rice came on and walked pinch hitter Troy Tulowitzki on four pitches. David Aardsma was then called on — he got Michael Cuddyer on a fly ball to left.

Gee was excellent, going 7.2 innings, allowing one run on eight hits. He struck out three Rockies and did not walk a batter.

LaTroy Hawkins, who picked up the save Tuesday night, was on the mound for the ninth to close out the game. He was up to the task, retiring the Rockies in order.

Mets win 2-1. By the way, they are in third place now, a game ahead of the fading Phillies and just a game behind the Nationals for second place.

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