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Gee and Duda help get Mets back on track

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee works

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee works against Colorado Rockies leadoff hitter Marco Scutaro in the first inning. (April 28, 2012) Credit: AP

DENVER -- Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings on his 26th birthday and Lucas Duda drove in four runs with a two-run home run and a tiebreaking two-run single as the Mets beat the Rockies at Coors Field Saturday night, 7-5.

The Mets, who have won four of five, rebounded from an 18-9 pasting Friday night.

Gee (2-2) allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings. He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out seven.

Duda, the team's hulking rightfielder, singled in the go-ahead runs in the Mets' three-run fifth inning for a 6-4 lead in what was shaping up to be a typical Coors Field game.

But Gee, after giving up three runs in the fourth inning, settled down to pick up the win in his first career appearance against Colorado.

"You can't get caught up in big innings here because they're going to happen," manager Terry Collins said. "He came in the dugout and got ready for the next inning. He made better pitches. I thought his change of speeds were much better as the game wore on."

One night after getting a season-high 17 hits, the Mets picked up 13. Ruben Tejada, who had four singles Friday, contributed three more. David Wright went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Ike Davis had an infield single to raise his average to .141.

The only two Mets position players not to get a hit? Scott Hairston, who hit for the cycle Friday, and Josh Thole, who came into the game with a 10-game hitting streak. That's baseball.

After Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the first, the Mets went ahead on Duda's two-run home run to right-centerfield off emergency starter Guillermo Moscoso.

Moscoso (0-1) was filling in for Jeremy Guthrie, who jammed his right pitching shoulder Friday in an accident while bicycling to Coors Field. Guthrie's chain broke and he fell off the bike. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The Mets increased their lead to 3-1 in the third when Wright doubled home Tejada. Duda missed two more RBIs by a hair when Dexter Fowler made a diving catch in center for the final out of the inning.

Gee's only bad frame came in the fourth, when the Rockies sent eight men to the plate and scored three times to take a 4-3 lead. The crusher was Moscoso's go-ahead single to right, the pitcher's first hit and RBI as a professional.

"In that fourth inning, I didn't feel I was making too bad of pitches," Gee said. "Some balls were just getting through the infield, stuff like that. Really, just tried to stay focused and just focus on each pitch after that and try to make the best of it."

Gee got tough from there. He retired 10 of the next 11, allowing only a fifth-inning single to Troy Tulowitzki. When Gee departed after a career-high 116 pitches, the Mets still had a 6-4 advantage thanks to the three-run fifth.

The uprising all happened after two were out and consisted of consecutive singles by Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Wright and Duda. Wright's tied the score and Duda's chopper up the middle drove in a pair to give the Mets the lead for good.

Duda, who leads the Mets in home runs (four) and RBIs (13), had a chance for another RBI when he lined out to right with a runner on third to end the seventh.

Said Collins, "He hit four balls on the button today."

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