NEW YORK — Brandon Nimmo hit a leadoff homer and an RBI double, and David Peterson pitched six innings of four-hit ball because the first-place New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Saturday night time for his or her third straight victory.
Starling Marte added an RBI double within the seventh for the Mets, who moved three video games forward of second-place Atlanta within the NL East when the Braves misplaced 6-5 in St. Louis.
New York (82-46) holds the second-best file within the majors and is 36 video games over .500 for the primary time since ending 100-60 in 1988.
“Good sport for me personally,” Nimmo mentioned. “I am glad I used to be in a position to contribute.”
Colorado has misplaced 10 of 13 and dropped to 18-42 away from Coors Subject, the worst highway file within the massive leagues.
After successful Friday night time on Pete Alonso’s walk-off single, the Mets wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in opposition to Kyle Freeland (7-9). Nimmo despatched Freeland’s second pitch effectively over the right-center discipline wall to present New York an early lead. The 433-foot drive was Nimmo’s sixth profession leadoff homer, half of which have come in opposition to Colorado.
“If you happen to begin speaking about one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball, his title must be talked about,” Mets supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned.
Nimmo doubled the lead one inning later. Freeland plunked Mark Canha to open the second — the seventeenth time the Mets’ outfielder has been hit by a pitch this season. New York batters have been hit a significant league-leading 87 occasions. Jeff McNeil labored a 10-pitch stroll and, two batters later, Nimmo once more linked on Freeland’s second providing, driving it into proper discipline for an RBI double.
“A bit an excessive amount of Nimmo,” Rockies supervisor Bud Black mentioned.
The 2-run lead was greater than sufficient for Peterson (7-3), who was making his second profession begin in opposition to his hometown Rockies. Peterson, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier than the sport, scattered 4 singles and struck out seven in his greatest begin of the season.
“He stayed in assault mode,” Showalter mentioned. “He was the important thing to the sport.”
The 26-year-old lefty set a profession excessive for wins and has fanned seven or extra batters in seven of his 16 begins this season. The Mets rank second within the majors with 1,207 strikeouts after recording 11 extra Saturday.
“I take loads of satisfaction when I’m given the ball,” Peterson mentioned.
Three relievers mixed to finish New York’s league-leading seventeenth shutout. Adam Ottavino labored the ninth for his second save this season — each up to now three days in opposition to his former crew.
New York has gained 15 of its final 17 residence video games.
Freeland, who signed a five-year contract in April, allowed two runs on 4 hits over 5 innings. The 29-year-old left-hander walked one and hit two batters. He’s tied for the foremost league lead with 15 hit batters.
“The Met hitters battled him,” Black mentioned. “They put the ball in play. They fought the change, they fought the slider, they fought the curve, they fought the fastball.”
SAY HEY SURPRISE
Earlier than the sport, the Mets held their first Previous-Timers’ Day since 1994. To conclude the ceremonial portion of the occasion, the crew retired Corridor of Famer Willie Mays’ No. 24. Mays performed 135 video games in two seasons with the Mets and hit his last 14 residence runs for the crew earlier than retiring on the finish of the 1973 season.
Rockies: Outfielders Charlie Blackmon, Sam Hilliard and Connor Joe got the night time off.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (left indirect) is scheduled to throw a simulated sport Monday. … 3B Eduardo Escobar (left indirect) was activated from the 10-day injured checklist. He began and went 0 for 3.
Mets ace Max Scherzer (9-3, 2.33 ERA) pitches Sunday as New York tries for a four-game sweep. He’s one win shy of changing into the third energetic pitcher with 200. RHP Germán Márquez (6-10, 5.22) begins for Colorado.