NEW YORK(AP) For
, it was just another outstanding July. To
Jorge De La Rosa
, it was a second straight month to remember.
De La Rosa set a franchise record by winning his seventh consecutive start and the
beat New York 4-2 on Thursday night, earning a split in the day-night doubleheader and snapping the Mets' five-game winning
''I feel great. I feel more relaxed right now,'' De La Rosa said. ''I think I'm pitching very good so I just have to be focused
every game I go out and pitch.''
The Mets won the opener 7-0 behind Santana, who struck out eight in seven sharp innings.
had a two-run double in New York's five-run second and
also drove in two runs.
''A well-located fastball makes the whole difference, and that's what I was doing today,'' Santana said. ''I was able to command
my fastball better than before and then that opens up the strike zone.''
hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and De La Rosa pitched 6 1-3 solid innings in the second game for the Rockies, who avoided
a four-game series sweep with the victory in the makeup of Wednesday night's rainout.
had a nice all-around nightcap, robbing
of a hit with a great play at shortstop and contributing a couple of key at-bats.
''It was a big win, one of our bigger ones,'' Tulowitzki said.
had an outstanding diving catch in left and a solo homer for the Mets, who finished with just six hits.
's fourth-inning sacrifice fly gave New York the lead in the second game but
singled in Tulowitzki in the sixth, tying it at 1 and ending Colorado's scoreless streak at 27 innings. It was the Mets' longest
shutout streak since a 28-inning stretch from May 22-26, 2004.
The Rockies went ahead for good in the seventh. De La Rosa hit a leadoff double off
(1-1). After Tatis robbed
of his third hit, Barmes belted a drive to left for his 14th homer.
Niese departed after
singled and Tulowitzki hit
' first pitch off the wall in left for a run-scoring triple, increasing Colorado's lead to 4-1.
''I made a few mistakes and they made me pay for them,'' Niese said.
De La Rosa (9-7) surrendered Tatis' sixth homer in the bottom half and left after
flied out. The left-hander allowed three hits to improve to 9-1 in his last 10 starts, the only loss coming on June 16 against
Tampa Bay. He is 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in six games this month, including his only relief appearance of the year on July 12
Jorge De La Rosa
was terrific,'' manager
said. ''He kept us in the game.''
Four relievers combined to finish, with
working the ninth for his 26th save.
Santana (12-8) allowed four hits and walked one in his first career outing against Colorado, closing out the month with a
3-2 record and a sparkling 1.82 ERA in five starts. He also improved to 20-11 with a 3.34 ERA in 53 career games in July.
''Obviously, our ace did his job today,'' said
, who had two of the Mets' 11 hits in the opener.
each pitched an inning to finish the four-hitter.
New York's five-run second was its biggest inning since it scored five in the first at Washington on June 7. The Mets have
scored five or more runs in just six of Santana's 21 starts this season.
''When you're dealing with a starter of
's stature you can't afford to have an inning like we had in the second inning,'' Tracy said. ''You spot him a five-run lead
and the hole is close to being impossible to climb out of.''
(5-6) lasted just 1 1-3 innings for the Rockies, allowing five runs and seven hits in his shortest outing of the season. The
right-hander was 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA in eight road starts before the loss.
''You take three out of four from a very good ballclub, that should give you a lot of confidence going forward,'' Wright said.
NOTES: Mets general manager Omar Minaya has apologized to a beat reporter for questioning his motives and credibility during
a bizarre news conference Monday. The writer accepted the apology, saying the GM's ''remorse was sincere'' when they met Wednesday.
... Mets C
got a cortisone shot for his balky left knee on Wednesday and is expected to play Friday night against Arizona. ... The Mets
for assignment and recalled C
from Triple-A Buffalo for some insurance behind the plate. ... Tulowitzki is batting .588 (10 for 17) over his last six games.