Mike Pelfrey pitched out of a couple of bases-loaded jams for 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball Tuesday night during a 4-0 win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field, the Mets’ fourth straight victory.
Pelfrey yielded seven hits and three walks on the night while striking out three. He lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a Seth Smith double, advancing our count to 7,581 New York Mets games without a no-no.
The Mets struck first in the second when Daniel Murphy (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored) led off with a double and Jeff Francoeur singled him home. They fought for another run in the third when Alex Cora led off with a single, Mike Pelfrey sacrificed him over to second and the red-hot Luis Castillo singled him home.
Murphy led off the fourth with a walk and scored after Cory Sullivan reached base on an error and Brian Schneider sacrificed him home.
Pedro Feliciano provided 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and the Mets added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Castillo was thrown out at home but called safe.
Sean Green closed the door in the ninth, and the Mets pull within 5 1/2 games of the Rockies in the N.L. Wild Card race.