Walker, 3 relievers combine on 6-hitter as Mets beat Rockies 2-0

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DENVER — Francisco Lindor broke a scoreless tie with a single in the sixth inning, Taijuan Walker and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and the New York Mets extended their streak of rebounding from losses by beating the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.

The Mets dropped the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, which led to them win their franchise-best 14th straight game following a loss. By taking two of three, New York also captured its 11th series win this season.

This marked the first time Colorado has been shut out at Coors Field since Aug. 31, 2020, against San Diego.

Walker (2-0) was in complete command over seven stellar innings, scattering five hits and striking out six. Adam Ottavino, Joely Rodriguez and Edwin Diaz finished it off. Diaz got Brian Serven to fly out and pick up save No. 10.

The Mets gave Walker all the run support he would need in the sixth. Brandon Nimmo lined a one-out single that got through legs of right fielder Randal Grichuk, allowing Nimmo to motor to third. Lindor lined a run-scoring single to left and, after a soft double by Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso brought home another run on a groundout.

Austin Gomber (2-4) turned in his longest outing of the season, throwing seven efficient innings. He allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out two.

The Rockies’ struggling offense mustered only six singles off the Mets. They’ve now lost 11 of their last 15 since starting the year 15-11.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (right forearm inflammation) was scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Albuquerque. … RHP Jose Urena threw a bullpen session Saturday in Arizona as the Rockies stretch his pitch count to make him a starter. Colorado brought in Urena on a minor league deal after he was released by Milwaukee.

VERSATILITY

Versatile infielder Luis Guillorme had two hits as he started at third for the Mets. He also made a sensational stop in the seventh to end the inning. Manager Buck Showalter praised Guillorme’s ability to play all over.

Catching in his future?

“He keeps looking at me with those longing eyes about catching,” Showalter cracked. “It’s not easy to do what he does. It’s hard to find those guys. They’re valuable. He’s a regular irregular.”

NICE VIEW

The cameras caught Rodriguez relaxing in a chair by the pond beyond the center field wall early in the game. The sunny and mild afternoon was quite a change from two days ago when a snowstorm hit the area.

UP NEXT

Mets: Lefty David Peterson (1-0, 1.89 ERA) will start Monday in San Francisco with right-hander Max Scherzer on the injured list due to an oblique strain.

Rockies: Right-hander Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86) faces his former team when the Rockies open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Monday. He was a ninth-round pick of the Pirates in 2013.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.