(Wednesday, September 10)
Final Score: New York 8, Tampa Bay 5
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Rafael Montero tossed scoreless ball into the sixth inning to earn his first major-league win, and the New York Mets came away with yet another 2-0 decision over the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a three-game series.
Montero (1-3) walked four and allowed three hits while fanning seven over his 5 1/3-inning outing. Four relievers combined to complete the four-hit shutout, with Jenrry Mejia shutting the door in the ninth to earn his 25th save.
Eric Young, Jr. totaled three hits and drove in a run for the Mets, who swept the series and have taken seven of their last eight overall.
“I’m confident in my ability,” said Young. “I know I can play at this level, it’s just a matter of getting out there.”
Tyler Matzek (5-10) worked 6 1/3 frames, giving up four hits and two runs while also striking out seven and issuing four walks for the Rockies, who entered this set having won four in a row.
“We pitched very well this series,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. “Tyler did a great job, threw the ball very well tonight. But you score two runs in three games, and you’re not going to win.”
New York loaded the bases with one out in the home seventh on a pair of walks and a single, and Matzek was pulled for Matt Belisle. Juan Lagares followed with a sacrifice fly to score Dilson Herrera for a 2-0 game before Wilmer Flores popped to second.
Drew Stubbs doubled and Justin Morneau singled to open the sixth, and Montero exited after striking out Nolan Arenado. Dario Alvarez retired the only batter he faced, then Carlos Torres induced an inning-ending pop from Michael McKenry.
Torres took care of Colorado in the seventh, Jeurys Familia stranded Stubbs at third in the eighth, and Mejia retired the side in order in the ninth.
The hosts provided all the offense they needed in the second, as Young tripled home Herrera with two away to put the Mets on the board.
After walking DJ LeMahieu with two outs in the fifth, Montero gave up his first hit to counterpart Matzek, but Charlie Blackmon’s fly to right ended the threat.
Montero came out on the losing end of games on May 14, 20 and Aug. 12, and had been winless in his first seven MLB appearances … Jacob deGrom and three relievers led the Mets to a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night … New York’s sweep comes on the heels of the news that third baseman David Wright would be shut down for the remainder of the season due to consistent shoulder inflammation … Colorado has been shut out in back-to-back games twice this season, previously blanked by the Braves and Phillies on May 25-26.
|Ben Zobrist LF-2B||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.272|
|Brandon Guyer CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Evan Longoria 3B||4||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||.254|
|Wil Myers RF||5||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.225|
|James Loney 1B||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.291|
|Yunel Escobar SS||4||0||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Logan Forsythe 2B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Matt Joyce PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Ryan Hanigan C||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Sean Rodriguez DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.214|
|David DeJesus PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Jacoby Ellsbury CF||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Derek Jeter DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Brian McCann C||3||2||2||3||0||0||1||0||1||.241|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||1||1||.223|
|Chase Headley 3B||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||.259|
|Ichiro Suzuki RF||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Stephen Drew 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.158|
|Chris Young LF||4||2||3||2||1||0||1||0||1||.500|
|Brendan Ryan SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.193|
E_R.Hanigan. LOB_Tampa Bay 8, NY Yankees 5. 2B_W.Myers, J.Loney, Y.Escobar, S.Rodriguez, I.Suzuki, C.Young. 3B_M.Teixeira. HR_E.Longoria (20) off E.Rogers, C.Young (1) off J.Odorizzi, B.McCann (18) off J.Odorizzi. SF_R.Hanigan. SB_J.Ellsbury (38), C.Headley (3). GIDP_E.Longoria. DP_NY Yankees 1 (S.Drew and M.Teixeira).
|Jake Odorizzi (L 10-12)||4.1||5||6||6||3||2||2||82-50||4.08|
|Preston Claiborne (W 3-0)||2.0||2||0||0||0||1||0||32-19||3.20|
|Adam Warren (H 21)||1.2||2||0||0||0||0||0||17-13||3.07|
|Dellin Betances (H 20)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||15-11||1.39|
HBP_by J.Odorizzi (B.McCann).
Umpires_Home,Larry Vanover; First, Marcus Pattillo; Second, Angel Hernandez; Third, Vic Carapazza.