Published August 23, 2015
DENVER (AP) Logan Verrett stepped into Matt Harvey's spot and earned his first major league win in his first start, pitching eight impressive innings and leading the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 5-1 Sunday.
After the NL East-leading Mets posted a pair of 14-9 wins at Coors Field, Verrett (1-0) allowed just one run and four hits while striking out eight.
Verrett got the spot start when the Mets decided to push back Harvey's outing, and he turned in a performance worthy of New York's strong rotation.
Verrett made his major league debut with Texas this season and pitched four times in relief before the Mets got him on waivers. The 25-year-old righty had pitched well in seven relief appearances for the Mets.
Michael Conforto had three hits for the Mets, who have won 10 straight against Colorado dating to 2014. New York held its five-game division lead over Washington.
The Mets outscored the Rockies 33-19 in the series and totaled 45 hits.
David Hale (3-5) threw a pair of wild pitches while Anthony Recker was batting in the second inning, both allowing a run to score.
Hale threw a team-record four wild pitches in six innings. He also struck out nine.
The Rockies' first two hitters of the game reached on singles. But a double play and a groundout kept them off the scoreboard and Verrett settled in to retire eight of the next nine batters.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his 30th home run leading off the Colorado fourth. It is the second time Gonzalez has reached the 30-homer plateau - he hit 34 in 2010 when he finished third in the NL MVP voting.
Daniel Murphy had two hits for the Mets, including an RBI double in the first.
Colorado has lost 11 of 13.
Mets: 3B David Wright (back) is scheduled to join the team in Philadelphia on Monday. Manager Terry Collins said Wright would not be used as an everyday player upon his return in order to keep him healthy. Wright has been out since April 14.
Rockies: C Nick Hundley was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday's game in the sixth after a foul tip came straight back and hit him in the head. Manager Walt Weiss said he checked out OK but he wanted to give him a day off. ... RHP Chad Bettis (right elbow inflammation) will return from the DL when the Rockies travel to Atlanta and Pittsburgh this week.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (12-6, 1.98) will open a four-game series at Philadelphia on Monday. In his last 16 starts, he is 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA.
Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50) gets the ball to start a three-game series in Atlanta on Monday. He is 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in six career games - four starts - against the Braves.