Mets, Dillon Gee sweep Rockies

Dillon Gee delivers a pitch in the first Dillon Gee delivers a pitch in the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Aug. 8, 2013) Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

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A day after the power of Matt Harvey, Mets fans were treated on Thursday to the precision of Dillon Gee.

Gee needed only 87 pitches to get through 72/3 innings against a Colorado Rockies team that appeared as if it couldn't wait to get on a plane home after a 1-9 road trip. Gee pounded the strike zone -- only 22 balls -- as the Mets swept the three-game series with a 2-1 victory before 26,618 at Citi Field.

Gee (8-8, 3.82 ERA) allowed one run, eight hits and no walks, striking out three. He has pitched into the seventh inning in a career-high seven starts. Since opening the season with a 6.34 ERA in his first 10 outings, Gee is 6-2 with a 2.42 ERA in 13 starts.

"You look back two years ago, this guy won [13] games in this league," manager Terry Collins said. "And that's hard to do . . . He's a good pitcher. He's been a good pitcher."

But he's no Harvey, either on the radar gun or in terms of uber-buzz. The unassuming Texan won't be posing nude in a sports magazine anytime soon.

"They don't want to see this body in there," Gee said.

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Harvey pitched a four-hit shutout on Wednesday night. But Gee said there was no extra incentive for him after that performance.

"Harvey's Harvey," Gee said. "That guy, he's unreal. I just try to go out there and do what I can do to help win baseball games. Luckily, we've been able to do that. But I'm not trying to follow Harvey with his stuff, because I don't have it."

David Aardsma got the final out of the eighth inning with the tying run at second and LaTroy Hawkins pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save filling in for injured closer Bobby Parnell.

Corey Dickerson homered to right-center leading off the fourth to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning against righthander Jeff Manship, a former Twin who was making his first big-league start of 2013.

Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd started the inning with singles before Ike Davis walked to load the bases.

Wilmer Flores, who had a three-run double in his second major-league game on Wednesday night, drove in one this time with a slow bouncer to short. Byrd then scored on a shallow sacrifice fly to center by Anthony Recker to give Gee a 2-1 advantage.

"Playing small ball, big ball, long ball, whatever," Byrd said. "A win is a win."

The Mets might have had more, but Davis was caught rounding third base on Gee's two-out single that Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu smothered with a dive. Davis almost made it home after stopping and starting again, but he was tagged on the backside by third baseman Nolan Arenado.

That play sort of made up for a baserunning gaffe by LeMahieu in the first inning. Consecutive singles by Charlie Blackmon and LeMahieu put runners on first and second with none out when Dickerson hit a fly ball to right. Blackmon properly tagged and went to third, but Dickerson improperly tried to take second and was thrown out by Byrd. The inning ended when Michael Cuddyer grounded out to second.

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"Marlon's been doing that all year," Gee said. "He throws the ball awesome from out there and it's right on the money."

The Mets begin a four-city, 11-game road trip Friday night in Arizona. The trip includes stops in Los Angeles and San Diego and an unfortunate one-game layover in Minneapolis on Aug. 19 to make up a snowed-out game from April.

Said Collins: "This might be, in my time here, maybe the toughest road trip we've had to face."

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