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Walker, 3 relievers combine on 6-hitter as Mets beat Rox 2-0

This marked the first time Colorado has been shut out at Coors Field since Aug. 31, 2020, against San Diego.
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Colorado Rockies' Randal Grichuk, right, reacts after striking out against New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz as catcher Tomas Nido, left, puts the ball back into play in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Francisco Lindor broke a scoreless tie with a single in the sixth inning, Taijuan Walker and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and the New York Mets extended their streak of rebounding from losses by beating the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.

The Mets dropped the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, which led to them win their franchise-best 14th straight game following a loss. By taking two of three, New York also captured its 11th series win this season.

This marked the first time Colorado has been shut out at Coors Field since Aug. 31, 2020, against San Diego.

Walker (2-0) was in complete command over seven stellar innings, scattering five hits and striking out six. Adam Ottavino, Joely Rodríguez and Edwin Díaz finished it off. Díaz got Brian Serven to fly out and pick up save No. 10.

The Mets gave Walker all the run support he would need in the sixth. Brandon Nimmo lined a one-out single that got through legs of right fielder Randal Grichuk, allowing Nimmo to motor to third. Lindor lined a run-scoring single to left and, after a soft double by Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso brought home another run on a groundout.

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New York Mets' Taijuan Walker works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 22 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Austin Gomber (2-4) turned in his longest outing of the season, throwing seven efficient innings. He allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out two.

The Rockies' struggling offense mustered only six singles off the Mets. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 15 since starting the year 15-11.


Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (right forearm inflammation) was scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Albuquerque. ... RHP José Ureña threw a bullpen session Saturday in Arizona as the Rockies stretch his pitch count to make him a starter. Colorado brought in Ureña on a minor league deal after he was released by Milwaukee.


Versatile infielder Luis Guillorme had two hits as he started at third for the Mets. He also made a sensational stop in the seventh to end the inning. Manager Buck Showalter praised Guillorme’s ability to play all over.

Catching in his future?

“He keeps looking at me with those longing eyes about catching,” Showalter cracked. “It’s not easy to do what he does. It’s hard to find those guys. They’re valuable. He’s a regular irregular.”


The cameras caught Rodríguez relaxing in a chair by the pond beyond the center field wall early in the game. The sunny and mild afternoon was quite a change from two days ago when a snowstorm hit the area.


Mets: Lefty David Peterson (1-0, 1.89 ERA) will start Monday in San Francisco with right-hander Max Scherzer on the injured list due to an oblique strain.

Rockies: Right-hander Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86) faces his former team when the Rockies open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Monday. He was a ninth-round pick of the Pirates in 2013.

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