DENVER — — The New York Mets have a quick-move mentality for a very good reason: “Nobody cares about the past,” shortstop Francisco Lindor explained. “We have to do it today.”
It’s a trait that serves them well.
Lindor snapped a scoreless game with a sixth-inning single, Taijuan Walker and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and the Mets extended their losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.
The Mets dropped Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday, earning their franchise-best 14th straight game after a loss. Taking two of three, New York also earned its 11th series victory this season.
“They’re a pretty stable mental team,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “They don’t enter this falling sky. … They don’t live in this world. I hope it will continue.”
It wasn’t a good day at the plate for the Rockies, who were shut out at Coors Field for the first time since Aug. 31, 2020, against San Diego.
Walker (2-0) was a big reason for all those zeros showing up on the scoreboard. He was in command of seven stellar innings, scattering five hits and striking out six. Adam Ottavino, Joely Rodríguez and Edwin Díaz finished it. Díaz asked Brian Serven to fly out and retrieve number 10.
“I kind of know what locations work here,” Walker said.
Mainly, his curve, his fastball and his splitter. Don’t read the fact that he has a 2.03 ERA at Coors Field over five starts. He doesn’t like throwing here.
“I don’t think anyone does,” he cracked.
The Mets gave Walker all the support he needed in the sixth. Brandon Nimmo doubled a one-out single that went through the legs of right fielder Randal Grichuk, allowing Nimmo to take third place. Lindor fielded a left single and, after a soft double from Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso drove home another run on a groundout.
“It came back to haunt us for sure,” Rockies manager Bud Black said of the mistake.
Austin Gomber (2-4) had his longest outing of the season, throwing seven effective innings. He allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out two.
“Today was more about moving the fastball – that was key to his game today,” Black said.
The Rockies’ struggling offense had just six singles against the Mets. They are down to 19-21 from a torrid start.
“We had a few chances late in the game,” Black said. “Unable to capitalize.”
Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (right forearm inflammation) was scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Albuquerque. … RHP José Ureña kicked off a bullpen session Saturday in Arizona as the Rockies expand his pitch count to make him a starter. Colorado brought in Ureña on a minor league contract after he was released by Milwaukee.
THE ABSENCE OF CORA
Showalter said third baseman coach Joey Cora had to leave for family reasons. He wasn’t there in the ninth.
“We don’t know many details,” Showalter said. “He needed to go and he went.”
Versatile infielder Luis Guillorme had two hits as he started third for the Mets. He also made a sensational save in the seventh to end the round. Manager Buck Showalter praised Guillorme’s ability to play everywhere.
Catch in his future?
“He keeps looking at me with those eager catching eyes,” Showalter said. “It’s not easy to do what he does. It’s hard to find these guys. They are precious. It is a regular irregular.
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 different from two days ago when a snow storm hit the area.
Mets: Left-hander David Peterson (1-0, 1.89 ERA) starts Monday in San Francisco with right-hander Max Scherzer on the disabled list with an oblique strain.
Rockies: Right-hander Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86) takes on his former team when the Rockies open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Monday. He was a ninth-round pick of the Pirates in 2013.