DENVER -- Who needs Matt Harvey?
Fill-in starter Logan Verrett completed eight innings in his first major league start and the New York Mets completed their first sweep at Coors Field with a 5-1 win against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
The Mets (67-56) also swept the seven-game season series. They have now won 11 straight against the Rockies. That marks the Mets’ longest winning streak against one opponent since beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in 15 straight meetings in 1986 and ’87.
The Mets trimmed their magic number to 35 while maintaining a five-game lead over the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East. They have matched a season high at 11 games over .500.
With Harvey skipping his rotation turn in an attempt to conserve innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, the rookie Verrett received the start after 11 relief appearances to begin his major league career.
A demotion candidate to make room for David Wright's return from the disabled list on Monday, Verrett allowed consecutive singles to Charlie Blackmon and DJ Lemahieu to begin his outing. He kept the Rockies off the scoreboard in the first by coaxing a double-play grounder from Carlos Gonzalez, then retiring Nolan Arenado on a grounder fielded by diving shortstop Wilmer Flores.
Verrett ultimately limited Colorado to one run on four hits, a walk and hit batter in eight innings en route to his first major league win. He struck out eight in a 93-pitch effort, his highest pitch count at any level this season. The damage came on a fourth-inning solo homer by Gonzalez. Verrett was bailed out of a jam in the sixth when Blackmon inexplicably tried to go first to third on Arenado’s two-out single. Blackmon was thrown out by left fielder Michael Conforto, and was retired on the bases in all three games of the series.
Verrett has allowed two runs on eight hits in 21⅓ innings as a Met -- good for a 0.84 ERA.
Harvey will re-enter the rotation on Friday against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field.
Rockies starter David Hale surrendered an RBI double to Daniel Murphy in the first. An inning later, Flores and Conforto (3-for-4) scored on wild pitches on consecutive offerings. Flores had a two-out RBI single and Anthony Recker added an RBI double in the third for a 5-0 lead. Hale had four wild pitches in a two-inning span. He became the first major leaguer since Nate Jones of the Chicago White Sox on April 30, 2013 to have two run-scoring wild pitches with the same batter at the plate, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
What’s next: Jacob deGrom (12-6, 1.98 ERA) opposes Philadelphia Phillies rookie left-hander Adam Morgan (4-4, 3.92) in Monday’s 7:05 p.m. ET opener to a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Wright is slated to return from the DL and be in the lineup for the first time since April 14.