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Gee guides Mets to 5-1 win over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — On a grounder up the middle, Dillon Gee stuck his glove behind his back and somehow snared the ball.

"Lucky," he conceded.

His pitching performance on the mound? Now that was skillful.

Gee threw six scoreless innings to tame the hottest-hitting team in the major leagues as the New York Mets salvaged the final game of their series against Colorado, beating the Rockies 5-1 Sunday.

Gee (3-1) kept the Rockies off balance to run his scoreless string to a career-best 16 innings. The righty, 13-6 with a 2.66 ERA since last May 30, surrendered six hits and struck out five, helping the Mets avoid being swept for the first time in a four-game series at Coors Field.

"Anytime you can hold that lineup, in this ballpark to no runs over six, you're doing something right," said David Wright, who had one of New York's four RBI doubles.

Colorado entered leading the majors in homers, RBIs and average. But the Rockies couldn't solve Gee, who kept the Rockies guessing among his curve, cutter and slider.

"It almost seems like the way he throws a pitch up it looks like a good pitch to hit, but it's not a good pitch to swing at," Nolan Arenado said. "Then you foul it up or pop it up."

Sometimes, he gets a little fortunate, too. Like when D.J. LeMahieu sent a liner up the middle in the second that could've kept the inning going. Although Gee finished in a poor fielding position — his description — he was somehow able to grab it.

"Very nice," said Wright, a two-time Gold Glove winner. "Not sure if it was a nice play or more luck. Regardless, he got the out."

Precisely Gee's feeling, too.

"You've got to have things like that for an outing like this," Gee said. "Especially against this lineup."

Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) was rather rusty his first start this season, lasting five innings and giving up four runs. Chacin spent the first month on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

Arenado extended his hitting streak to 24 games with a double in the fourth, the second-longest hitting streak in Rockies history. Justin Morneau accounted for Colorado's only run with a ninth-inning homer off Jeurys Familia.

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