^AP Sports Writer=
NEW YORK (AP) _ Matt Harvey bounced back from a rare loss with his first career shutout _ not before giving everyone a scare _ and the Mets top position prospect Wilmer Flores drove in his first big league runs with a three-run double, leading the New York Mets to a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Harvey (9-3) gave up four hits in his 33rd career start. He pitched nine innings of one-hit ball on May 7 but New York lost in 10.
Not this time. The rookie third baseman helped make sure of that.
Filling in for injured David Wright, Flores cleared the bases in the eighth against Manny Corpas. Omar Quintanilla and John Buck each had RBI singles off Jhoulys Chacin (10-6), who lost for just the third time in his last 11 starts. Flores got his first big league hit and scored on Quintanilla’s hit in the second inning.
The Rockies lost for the eighth time in nine games on their 10-game road trip. Colorado played without All-Star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez for the second straight night. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday’s game with a sprained right middle finger.
Harvey came out for the ninth to loud cheers. And they grew with each out.
He retired Corey Dickerson on a groundout to shortstop Quintanilla. Then Dexter Fowler grounded out to short. The fans stood and chanted “Let’s Go Harvey!” when Charlie Blackmon stepped in. The cheers turned to groans when Blackmon lined a pitch off Harvey’s knee that bounced into shallow right field. Harvey tried to wave off the Mets trainer but they checked their prized pitcher anyway.
Harvey then got All-Star Troy Tulowitzki to pop out to second base on his 106th pitch for the final out.
The 24-year-old right-hander struck out six without walking a batter.
In his previous outing, Harvey lost to a most surprising nemesis, the Miami Marlins. In four starts this season against the Marlins, he is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA. Against the rest of the majors, he is 9-2 with a stingy 1.84 ERA.
Miami tagged him for three runs in 5 2-3 innings on Thursday, but he was in command from the start against Colorado.
Wilin Rosario grounded a single past a lunging Quintanilla with two outs in the second inning for the Rockies’ first baserunner. Michael Cuddyer became the next Rockies player to reach with a two-out single to center field in the fourth.
Harvey then set down 11 in a row before Nolan Arenado reached on an infield single. Replays, however, showed the throw from shortstop Quintanilla just beat Arenado. No worries. Harvey got D.J. LeMahieu to ground into a 6-4-3 double play with his 91st pitch.
With closer Bobby Parnell on the disabled list and a low pitch count, manager Terry Collin’s decision to allow Harvey come out for the ninth was an easy one. The Mets bullpen stayed quiet.
Chacin was nearly as good, doing it with guile instead of power. Barely reaching 90 on the stadium scoreboard, while Harvey routinely touched the mid-90s, Chacin struck out five and walked one in seven innings.
He had little trouble with the top of the Mets order but the bottom caused the trouble.
Flores and Buck had two hits apiece.
Ike Davis hit an opposite-field double down the left field line with one out and scored an out later on righty swinging Buck’s single to right field for a 2-0 lead.
Batting sixth, Flores hit a ground rule double in the eighth off Corpas in center field to put New York up 5-0.
NOTES: Mets OF Lucas Duda (muscle strain in rib cage) was recalled from his rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Duda has been on the DL since June 22. Duda went 7 for 45 (.156) with one HR and six RBIs in his rehab. … The Rockies recalled LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Colorado Springs. … When Harvey got his fourth strikeout, the Mets flashed on the videoboard “ZackKKKK,” for the Mets other young ace, Zack Wheeler.
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