NEW YORK (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies can’t even score at Citi Field these days, much less win.
Jacob deGrom conceded only two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings, leading the New York Mets past Colorado 3-0 on Wednesday night for their second consecutive shutout against the Rockies.
“Our offense has been pretty good up until these last two games. I think it’s more due to the fact that we’ve run into two really good arms that were at the top of their game,” manager Walt Weiss said.
Surprise leaders in the NL East, the Mets (62-52) handed Colorado its ninth defeat in a row at Citi Field since 2013 - after the Rockies won eight straight in the ballpark the previous two years.
Mets pitchers have a 0.67 ERA during the home winning streak against Colorado, blanked in four of the past five meetings. New York also tossed back-to-back shutouts at Citi Field against the Rockies last September.
“Our pitching’s doing a really good job, but their pitching is just better right now,” Gonzalez said. “They’re shutting us down, and that’s why they’re winning the games.”
Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom (11-6) lowered his ERA to 2.03 - second-best in the majors behind Zack Greinke (1.65) of the Dodgers. He walked four but finished with his eighth career double-digit strikeout game and fourth this season.
“Best pitcher in the game, hands down,” Gonzalez said. “His fastball jumps. … When you get two strikes against a guy like him, you don’t even know what to look for.”
The right-hander escaped a major jam in the fifth, aided by Juan Uribe’s savvy play at third base on a safety squeeze, and tied fellow ace Matt Harvey for the team lead in wins.
Harvey yielded four hits over eight innings in a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.
“Very similar pitchers. I don’t know who’s better, but both were very good. Tough matchup,” second baseman DJ LeMahieu said.
The last-place Rockies managed three hits. They threatened against deGrom again in the sixth but came up empty when LeMahieu struck out with two on.
“A sign of a good pitcher is when he turns it up with runners in scoring position, and he definitely did that. He’s not afraid out there,” LeMahieu said.
Colorado has lost seven in a row to the Mets overall since winning in Denver on May 3, 2014.
Jorge De La Rosa (7-5) gave up two runs and four hits over six innings for the Rockies, who have dropped 15 of 20 on the road. He struck out seven and walked two.
“That’s a great start by Jorge. Unfortunately he’s matched up against a guy that didn’t give up anything,” Weiss said.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run for the surging Mets, who have won 10 of 12.
Uribe stroked an RBI double in the fourth and Michael Cuddyer followed with a run-scoring single on a night when both players reached 1,500 career hits.
“We’re in the Hall of Fame if we can go in as a tandem,” Cuddyer said, drawing laughs.
New York improved to 41-18 at home, the best record in franchise history after 59 games. The team has already surpassed its 2014 win total (40) at Citi Field.
Tyler Clippard quickly worked a perfect eighth, and Jeurys Familia fanned two in the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 attempts. Mets pitchers have thrown a season-high 23 straight scoreless innings against the Rockies this week.
Cespedes sent a solo shot to right-center off Christian Bergman in the eighth. The slugger had 18 home runs for Detroit when the Mets acquired him minutes before the July 31 trade deadline.
The Mets won 10 home games in a row against the Rockies at Shea Stadium from 2003-05.
Rockies: Lefty reliever Boone Logan, who struggled in the first two games of the series, got the night off after pitching the previous three days.
Mets: 1B Lucas Duda (stiff back) was out of the lineup against a lefty starter for the second night in a row. Mets manager Terry Collins would like to play Duda against RHP Eddie Butler when New York goes for a four-game sweep in Thursday’s matinee.
Butler (3-9, 5.50 ERA) faces Noah Syndergaard (6-6, 3.01) in the series finale, a matchup of highly touted rookies. Syndergaard has impressed at Citi Field, where he is 6-1 with a 1.57 ERA in eight starts while compiling 60 strikeouts and only six walks. Butler has struggled overall, going 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA in four outings since getting recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on July 19. “We feel like there’s still some more growth out in front of him,” Weiss said. “He’s got the weapons. It’s a matter of just becoming more polished as a pitcher.”
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