NEW YORK (AP) -The pain rippled through
's leg as he twisted away from an inside pitch. The
New York Mets
second baseman needed to take a few extra moments before stepping back in the batter's box.
Easley bought enough time so that when he saw a fastball left over the plate, he was able to turn into it just fine. His two-out
solo homer in the eighth inning carried the Mets to their seventh straight win, a 2-1 victory over the
on Friday night.
''At that moment, I was just trying to go back up the middle and extend the inning,'' Easley said of his drive to left-center
on a 3-2 pitch from reliever
New York allowed three hits for the fourth consecutive game, the first time that's happened in franchise history.
The Rockies were left lamenting their many missed opportunities. They loaded the bases in the sixth, seventh and eighth as
Mets pitchers struggled with control, walking seven of the nine batters who reached base. But Colorado couldn't get any runs
out of it.
''I'll tell you what: We're looking at the wrong thing if we're focused on Buchholz right here,'' Rockies manager
said. ''We left too many men on base, too many opportunities, it never should've come down to that.''
Easley has been bothered by a sore left quadriceps since early last week and will probably get to rest it Saturday. But not
before he hit his third homer of the season.
The veteran has been pressed into action because of an injury to
. He is batting .422 over his last 13 games after going 2-for-3 with a walk Friday.
(2-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth for the victory. Closer
had a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 27 chances. They combined with fellow relievers
for three scoreless innings; the bullpen has not allowed a run in 13 1-3 innings.
has given up just two runs over his last three starts, but has two no-decisions and one victory to show for it. With an effective
fastball, he gave up one run and two hits Friday, walking six and striking out seven.
Perez left after the first two batters reached in the seventh. Heilman walked the bases loaded with one out, but struck out
to wriggle out of the jam.
Perez didn't allow a hit through 4 2-3 innings, then lost the no-hitter and the shutout on one pitch.
homered to right to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Hawpe then helped the Mets get the run back in the bottom of the inning, bobbling
's single to right with one out. Perez moved Schneider to third, and
' two-out single tied the score.
gave up one run in six innings but failed to become the first pitcher in franchise history to win 12 games before the break.
's 14-game hitting streak ended as he went 0-for-3 with a walk. He had hit in 24 straight games against the Mets, dating to
July 25, 2005.
The Mets' seven-game winning streak is their first since Aug. 17-24, 2006. Players kept talking about how relaxed they've
''It was probably a long time coming, to get that relaxed,'' Easley said. ''It's one thing to be relaxed, like you're sitting
on the couch. It's another thing to be relaxed and play with confidence. That's what we're doing right now.''
Notes: The Mets recalled C
from Triple-A New Orleans and sent down OF
. ... The Rockies recalled RHP
from Triple-A Colorado Springs and sent down LHP
. ... Mets 1B
was struck in the chest by a batting practice ball hit by Schneider and immediately headed into the clubhouse. He remained
in the starting lineup and said before the game he was fine. He went 1-for-4. ... Rehabbing Mets RHP
allowed two runs and three hits with five strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings with Class-A St. Lucie on Friday.