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Mets staff combines for one-hitter for eighth straight win

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NEW YORK -- Pedro Martinez couldn't remember the last time he didn't get his way.

Turns out Jerry Manuel can be just as stubborn.

The Mets manager pulled Martinez after four innings on Saturday because of tightness in his right shoulder, but New York's resilient relievers held the Colorado Rockies without a hit the rest of the way in a 3-0 victory.

"He wanted to go back in the game," Manuel said. "He fought, fought, fought, fought to go back out there and pitch, but I said, 'No."'

Why risk it?

The bullpen has gone 18 1/3 innings without allowing a run, and the one-hitter made the Mets the first team in modern baseball history to allow three hits or less in five consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jose Reyes homered and Fernando Tatis and Brian Schneider also drove in runs for the Mets (50-44), who have won eight straight for the first time since June 7-15, 2006. They're a season-best six games over .500 and moved within a half-game of Philadelphia in the NL East, after the Phillies lost 10-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It feels good," Reyes said. "We're playing together as a team, we've got a lot of communication. That's why we've been successful."

Carlos Muniz (1-1) pitched two innings for his first career win, Aaron Heilman and Scott Schoeneweis went an inning each, and Billy Wagner worked a perfect ninth to wrap up the Mets' 17th win in 19 games against the Rockies at Shea Stadium.

It was Wagner's 22nd save in 28 chances.

"When you use that many guys and they come in and get crisp, clean innings, it's quite a compliment to what we're doing here," Manuel said.

Martinez cruised through the first three innings without allowing a hit before walking Matt Holliday on five pitches. He began stretching and flexing his shoulders, and Manuel and a trainer went out to the mound immediately.

Martinez stayed in the game and Brad Hawpe singled for the Rockies' only hit, but Chris Iannetta grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner said he's had a sore groin that caused his stride to be off, putting pressure on his surgically repaired right shoulder. He lobbied to stay in the game but, with the All-Star break coming up, Manuel wasn't having it.

"Don't mistake Jerry," Martinez said. "He can be tough, he can be tough -- even with an old goat like me."

The Rockies have dropped five of seven since a season-best five-game winning streak, mostly because they can't score runs. The defending NL champs managed only five base runners a day after blowing bases-loaded chances three straight innings in a 2-1 loss.

"We didn't really get anything going at any particular point in time," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "The walks were our best play."

The offensive ineptitude squandered a second consecutive serviceable start by Ubaldo Jimenez (4-9), who constantly challenged the Mets with a 98-mph fastball.

Fresh off his first road win in 12 starts, Jimenez needed just seven pitches to get through the first inning and didn't allow a hit until Carlos Beltran doubled in the fourth. Beltran stole third and scored on a base hit by Tatis.

Reyes homered to deep right-center leading off the fifth, his 10th of the year, and the Mets made it 3-0 in the sixth when Carlos Delgado reached on a base hit and Schneider slipped a double past first baseman Jeff Baker down the line.

After going a career-high eight innings to beat Martinez the last time he faced the Mets, Jimenez gave up seven hits over six innings. He struck out eight.

"I pitched good but it felt like I could do better," Jimenez said. "I had a couple situations that I got myself in trouble trying to throw too hard."

Notes

  • Argenis Reyes stole his first career base in the fifth inning. The Mets were 4-for-4 stealing against Iannetta.
  • The one-hitter was the 33rd in Mets history.
  • Mets OF Angel Pagan (shoulder), rehabbing at Class A St. Lucie, could be back after the All-Star break, general manager Omar Minaya said.
  • Mets 2B Damion Easley, who hit the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning Friday night, was out of the lineup to rest a sore quad.
  • Rockies OF Willy Taveras was out of the starting lineup to rest his ailing quad. He pinch hit in the eighth inning and flied out to center.
 
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The Mets are enjoying some happy times after earning their eighth win in a row.  (AP)
The Mets are enjoying some happy times after earning their eighth win in a row. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

B. Schneider
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
Scott Podsednik, CF4000010 .217
Clint Barmes, SS3000110 .302
Matt Holliday, LF2000221 .338
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000003 .308
Brad Hawpe, RF3010000 .248
Chris Iannetta, C2000111 .274
Jeff Baker, 1B3000011 .263
Omar Quintanilla, 2B3000021 .255
Ubaldo Jimenez, P2000000 .054
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   a- Willy Taveras, PH1000000 .247
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
Totals2701048  
a-flied out for Speier in the 8th
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,4-9) 6733481 4.22
Ryan Speier 1100100 3.99
Jason Grilli 1000110 3.46
IBB - Reyes by Ubaldo Jimenez, Delgado by Ryan Speier
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 110-66, Ryan Speier 23-14, Jason Grilli 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-5, Ryan Speier 2-1, Jason Grilli 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 29, Ryan Speier 5, Jason Grilli 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4111102 .302
Argenis Reyes, 2B5010014 .278
David Wright, 3B4010021 .285
Carlos Beltran, CF4110002 .262
Fernando Tatis, LF4011022 .293
Carlos Delgado, 1B2110210 .248
Endy Chavez, RF3010013 .269
Brian Schneider, C1011300 .254
Pedro Martinez, P0000000 .167
   a- Nick Evans, PH1000013 .179
    Carlos Muniz, P0000000 .000
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000011 .192
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   c- Robinson Cancel, PH1000000 .200
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals3038369  
a-struck out for P. Martinez in the 4th
b-struck out for Muniz in the 6th
c-grounded out for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (23, Jimenez), Brian Schneider (5, Jimenez)
HR - Jose Reyes (10, Jimenez)
SH - Endy Chavez (8), Pedro Martinez (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes (42), Fernando Tatis (19), Brian Schneider (20)
SB - Argenis Reyes (1, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta), David Wright (11, 2nd base off Speier/Iannetta), Carlos Beltran (15, 3rd base off Jimenez/Iannetta), Fernando Tatis (3, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Pedro Martinez 4100330 6.25
Carlos Muniz (W,1-1) 2000120 4.80
Aaron Heilman (H,11) 1000010 4.50
Scott Schoeneweis (H,10) 1000010 2.65
Billy Wagner (S,22) 1000010 2.31
Pitches-Strikes - Pedro Martinez 66-36, Carlos Muniz 31-20, Aaron Heilman 12-7, Scott Schoeneweis 7-6, Billy Wagner 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Pedro Martinez 2-6, Carlos Muniz 1-3, Aaron Heilman 2-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Pedro Martinez 15, Carlos Muniz 7, Aaron Heilman 3, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 54137
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Bill Welke