NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Chris Nelson #10 of the Colorado Rockies connects on a eighth inning RBI single against the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 23, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Rex Brothers picked up his second win of the four game series as Tyler Chatwood and the Colorado Rockies bullpen shut down the Mets at Citi Field on Thursday, completing their second four game road sweep of the Mets in as many years.
In the series, Rockies relievers allowed just two runs in their 18 IP, only slightly outperforming the team's starters, who allowed the other three runs in their 18 innings. Chatwood lasted only three innings, struggling with command as he gave up three walks and three hits. He was pulled after just 65 pitches despite keeping the Mets off the board. The decision proved somewhat prudent, as Adam Ottavino, Brothers, Will Harris and Matt Belisle shut down New York the rest of the way, but without an off day until a week from now, it may come back to bite the team later.
The only score of the game came in the eighth inning, when Tyler Colvin led off with a triple and was driven home by Chris Nelson's single. Otherwise, both teams did an effective job of stranding what traffic was allowed on the basepaths, especially Colorado, as New York stranded 12 runners compared to the Rockies five.
The five game win streak matches a season high for Colorado, but with 12 wins in their last 17 games, there's no question that the team is playing its best baseball of the 2012 season right now. The Rockies also guaranteed their first winning road trip since April of 2011, when they had two over .500 trips, one on the swing that took them into Flushing against the Mets, and the other on a trip that included the Cubs at Wrigley, where Colorado will wrap up this current trip with three games starting tomorrow.
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