Bettis pitches Rockies to 2-0 win over slumping Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Throughout their history, the Colorado Rockies have often had trouble pitching well and winning just about anywhere but back home at Coors Field.

Chad Bettis and his teammates are changing that reputation.

Bettis tossed seven smooth innings , Nolan Arenado homered off the big apple at Citi Field and Colorado shut down the slumping New York Mets in a 2-0 victory Saturday night.

''Chad just followed along the string of good starts,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''When that happens, you're going to win most of the time. So that's the challenge, that's the expectation for our group.''

Pinch-hitter David Dahl gave the Rockies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Robert Gsellman in the ninth, though left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out a runner at the plate on the play.

Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis finished a crisp six-hitter that took just under 2 1/2 hours, sealing Colorado's season-best fourth straight win.

''I felt like I had good command of stuff at times, but it wasn't where I felt like I had everything clicked in and locked in and ready to go,'' Bettis said. ''It was good. I thought we made some great plays out there.''

Despite a solid outing by Steven Matz (1-3), the staggering Mets fell to 0-5 on their six-game homestand and 5-12 since a 12-2 start. They've been shut out in three of their past four games and have gone 45 innings without holding a lead.

''Nobody can really say if we're in trouble or not at this point in the season,'' rookie manager Mickey Callaway said. ''I think in baseball these spurts happen. I think we have to stick with our processes and our routines. That's the way to counteract what's happening.''

Bettis (4-1) allowed six hits in the latest fine performance by a Rockies pitcher and was helped in the sixth when Todd Frazier lined into an inning-ending double play with two on. Besides that, New York rarely threatened.

The right-hander, who returned last season after being treated for testicular cancer, improved to 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA in five road starts this year.

''It's awesome to see him back healthy,'' Arenado said. ''He's extremely competitive and he wants to do his job. He knows he can do it.''

Colorado is 14-8 away from Coors Field - the most road wins in the majors.

Rockies starters have a 1.61 ERA in the last 10 games overall.

''They've been carrying us,'' Arenado said.

Ottavino overcame a leadoff walk when Jay Bruce flied out to the warning track, ending the eighth with a runner at second. Davis, who barely held on for a shaky save Friday night, worked a 1-2-3 ninth this time for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Matz permitted three hits over six innings, his longest start since last July. His only blemish came in the first, when Arenado launched a solo shot that landed on the Home Run Apple housed beyond the 408-foot sign in straightaway center field.

''Pretty cool,'' Arenado said with a grin. ''I didn't think I had that power to do that.''

It was his third home run in nine at-bats against Matz.

''Hit it as good as I could,'' said Arenado, who has four home runs in four games this month.

Matz struck out five and walked one in the lefty's first start since April 25. His turn in the rotation was skipped Tuesday because of back stiffness.

''That was very encouraging,'' Callaway said.

TRAVELING SHOW

Colorado has hit a major league-high 31 of its NL-best 44 homers on the road.

ARMED AND READY

Cespedes has 67 career outfield assists, most in the majors since he arrived in 2012.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Gold Glove and All-Star 2B DJ LeMahieu (strained right hamstring) is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. ''It's going to be close,'' Black said. ''If it's not Tuesday, it shouldn't be too far after that.''

Mets: Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.87 ERA) threw a bullpen and is all set to make his scheduled start Monday night in Cincinnati. ''Felt great,'' Callaway said. ''No issues whatsoever.'' The right-hander, who has tossed 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, exited Wednesday's outing against Atlanta with a hyperextended pitching elbow that flared up when he swung and missed. That gave the Mets a major scare, but tests and exams came back clean. Callaway said deGrom can bunt but will be told not to swing Monday. ''Obviously, he's very important to us,'' Callaway said. ... RHP Anthony Swarzak (strained left oblique) played catch without pain for the first time since getting hurt March 31, according to Callaway. Swarzak will travel Sunday to the team's complex in Florida to begin ramping up his rehab program. ''Time frame with him, there's no telling,'' Callaway said.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (1-4, 4.24 ERA) pitches Sunday as Colorado tries for a three-game sweep and a 6-3 trip. A native of Denver, he is 0-3 with a 5.57 ERA in four road starts this season and hasn't won away from Coors Field since July 30, 2017, at Washington.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.10) gave up three first-inning runs Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Atlanta. He allowed 10 hits, matching a career high, and struck out a season-low three in six innings. Syndergaard hasn't faced Colorado since July 31, 2016.

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  • W: C. Bettis (4-1)L: S. Matz (1-3)S: W. Davis (13)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (8)
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N. Arenado 3B41111020.321.407.6231.0295.0
T. Story SS30000120.230.321.459.7802.0
C. Iannetta C31100001.222.315.370.6863.0
N. Cuevas LF40100002.333.360.333.6931.0
C. Gonzalez RF30000121.215.256.380.6360.0
P. Valaika 2B30100011.103.175.155.3300.5
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D. Castro 2B00000000.167.167.167.3330.0
  • a-singled for Valaika in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Bettis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF30000111.268.455.463.9180.5
Y. Cespedes LF40000001.240.301.446.7472.0
A. Cabrera 2B40200011.336.386.588.9751.5
J. Bruce RF40200002.245.316.387.7033.0
T. Frazier 3B30000112.255.382.443.8250.5
A. Gonzalez 1B40000002.221.303.364.6670.0
T. Nido C30000000.152.200.182.3820.0
a- J. Lagares PH10000000.326.375.349.7240.0
S. Matz P20000000.111.111.111.2220.0
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Flores PH10100000.220.292.390.6821.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
A. Rosario SS30100001.237.275.309.5841.0
  • a-grounded out for Nido in the 9th
  • b-singled for Sewald in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - N. Arenado (8)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (21), D. Dahl (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (3), D. Dahl (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bruce (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (3), T. Story (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Cespedes (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Cespedes (4), B. Nimmo
  • PB - T. Nido
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis (W, 4-1)7.06001202.051.0525.0
A. Ottavino (H, 8)1.00001100.500.502.5
W. Davis (S, 13)1.00000002.510.9110.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis (W, 4-1)7.0
A. Ottavino (H, 8)1.0
W. Davis (S, 13)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 1-3)6.03111514.231.1613.5
P. Sewald1.00000103.060.913.5
R. Gsellman2.03112304.001.561.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 1-3)6.0
P. Sewald1.0
R. Gsellman2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 94-61, A. Ottavino 18-10, W. Davis 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 8-10, A. Ottavino 1-1, W. Davis 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 27, A. Ottavino 4, W. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Gsellman
  • IBB - R. Gsellman 2 (2)
  • HBP - R. Gsellman
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 88-52, P. Sewald 9-7, R. Gsellman 30-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 5-7, P. Sewald 1-1, R. Gsellman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 21, P. Sewald 3, R. Gsellman 11
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF30100100.294.398.6241.0224.0
I. Desmond 1B40000013.177.223.327.551-0.5
N. Arenado 3B41111020.321.407.6231.0295.0
T. Story SS30000120.230.321.459.7802.0
C. Iannetta C31100001.222.315.370.6863.0
N. Cuevas LF40100002.333.360.333.6931.0
C. Gonzalez RF30000121.215.256.380.6360.0
P. Valaika 2B30100011.103.175.155.3300.5
a- D. Dahl PH10110000.286.342.486.8282.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Bettis P20000010.063.063.063.125-0.5
b- G. Parra PH10000001.250.310.337.6470.0
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D. Castro 2B00000000.167.167.167.3330.0
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  • a-singled for Valaika in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Bettis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF30000111.268.455.463.9180.5
Y. Cespedes LF40000001.240.301.446.7472.0
A. Cabrera 2B40200011.336.386.588.9751.5
J. Bruce RF40200002.245.316.387.7033.0
T. Frazier 3B30000112.255.382.443.8250.5
A. Gonzalez 1B40000002.221.303.364.6670.0
T. Nido C30000000.152.200.182.3820.0
a- J. Lagares PH10000000.326.375.349.7240.0
S. Matz P20000000.111.111.111.2220.0
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Flores PH10100000.220.292.390.6821.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
A. Rosario SS30100001.237.275.309.5841.0
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  • a-grounded out for Nido in the 9th
  • b-singled for Sewald in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - N. Arenado (8)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (21), D. Dahl (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (3), D. Dahl (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bruce (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (3), T. Story (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Cespedes (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Cespedes (4), B. Nimmo
  • PB - T. Nido
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis (W, 4-1)7.06001202.051.0525.0
A. Ottavino (H, 8)1.00001100.500.502.5
W. Davis (S, 13)1.00000002.510.9110.0
Total9.0600230---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis (W, 4-1)7.0
A. Ottavino (H, 8)1.0
W. Davis (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 1-3)6.03111514.231.1613.5
P. Sewald1.00000103.060.913.5
R. Gsellman2.03112304.001.561.5
Total9.0622391---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 1-3)6.0
P. Sewald1.0
R. Gsellman2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 94-61, A. Ottavino 18-10, W. Davis 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 8-10, A. Ottavino 1-1, W. Davis 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 27, A. Ottavino 4, W. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Gsellman
  • IBB - R. Gsellman 2 (2)
  • HBP - R. Gsellman
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 88-52, P. Sewald 9-7, R. Gsellman 30-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 5-7, P. Sewald 1-1, R. Gsellman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 21, P. Sewald 3, R. Gsellman 11
  • 9TH INNING
    Dahl singled to left, Iannetta scored, Cuevas out at home, Gonzalez to second20
  • 1ST INNING
    Arenado homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • R. Gsellman Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story grounded out to third
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta hit by pitch
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cuevas singled to shallow right, Iannetta to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Iannetta to third, Cuevas to second on wild pitch, Ball, Gonzalez intentionally walked
    • David Dahl hit for Pat Valaika
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl singled to left, Iannetta scored, Cuevas out at home, Gonzalez to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Daniel Castro at second
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
    • Juan Lagares hit for Tomas Nido
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Strike looking, Lagares grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
    • P. Valaika: Valaika singled to center
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Chad Bettis
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra flied out to center, Valaika to second
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon intentionally walked
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Cespedes reached on fielder's choice to third, Nimmo out at second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cespedes stole second, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Bruce flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Paul Sewald relieved Steven Matz
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Iannetta lined out to right
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • A. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • T. Nido: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Nido grounded out to second
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Paul Sewald
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores singled to left
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Flores out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Blackmon reached on an infield single to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon stole second, Ball, Desmond lined into double play center to third, Blackmon out at third
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cespedes fouled out to third
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
    • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce reached on an infield single to first, Cabrera to second
    • T. Frazier: Frazier lined into double play shortstop to second, Cabrera out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • C. Bettis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bettis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Strike looking, Ball, Nido lined out to third
    • S. Matz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Matz grounded out to first
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rosario singled to left
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Nimmo flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado flied out to right
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • C. Iannetta: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Iannetta flied out to left
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Story stole second, Ball, Ball, Cuevas flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • Y. Cespedes: Cespedes fouled out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera lined out to first
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bruce doubled to left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • A. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Bettis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bettis grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Desmond grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Matz flied out to right
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario lined out to center
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Iannetta singled to center
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Iannetta to second on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuevas lined out to right, Iannetta to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • T. Nido: Strike looking, Ball, Nido flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon flied out to left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond flied out to deep center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado homered to center
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cespedes lined out to right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)