Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/28/12

DENVER - After using six pitchers Friday night in an excruciating loss, the Mets sent Dillon Gee to the mound Saturday to restore order against the Rockies at Coors Field.

He succeeded by giving them seven innings and throwing a career-high 116 pitches as the Mets beat the Rockies 7-5.

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and David Wright each had three hits as the Mets rebounded from an 18-9 loss highlighted by the Rockies’ 11-run fifth.

Gee, who was pitching on his 26th birthday, evened his record at 2-2 as he made his fourth start of the season and the first of his career against the Rockies.

Frank Francisco, who earned his fifth save, had a three-run lead to protect after the Mets scored once in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter blooped a double to short right field, took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch by Edgmer Escalona, the fifth Rockies pitcher.

The Rockies got one run back with two out in the ninth when Dexter Fowler hit his fourth homer and second in two games. Pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin followed a triple to deep left center that went beyond the grasp of diving center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi then lined to Nieuwenhuis, who made a running catch to end the game.

Guillermo Moscoso lasted five innings, threw 100 pitches and allowed six runs in his Rockies debut after being recalled to take the place of injured Jeremy Guthrie.

Moscoso was scored upon in three innings, including the fifth when he gave up four straight two-out singles and three runs. Wright tied the score at 4 and Duda, who hit a two-run homer in the second, singled home two runs to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.

Gee gave up an unearned run in the first and retired six straight batters before finding trouble in the fourth when two Rockies made history.

Carlos Gonzalez led off with a bunt single. He broke for second on an 0-and-2 pitch and kept going to third when Troy Tulowitzki singled up the middle. Todd Helton drove home one run with the 560th double of his career, tying him for 22nd all time with Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent.

Michael Cuddyer singled home the tying run, and with two out and runners on first and second, Moscoso, who had two previous at-bats in the big leagues, poked a single to right for his first major-league hit and RBI to give the Rockies a 4-3 lead.

Moscoso retired the side in order on seven pitches in the first before the smooth sailing abruptly ended.

Wright opened the second with a single to shortstop, beating Tulowitzki's throw from the hole. Duda then launched Moscoso's 2-and-1 fastball into the Rockies bullpen for his team-leading fourth homer of the season.

Moscoso, acquired from the A's in January in the deal that sent outfielder Seth Smith to Oakland, flew here Friday from Fresno, where Colorado Springs was playing. He was scheduled to start Saturday for Colorado Springs, where he was 1-3 with a 7.91 ERA in four starts, when word came Friday of the injury to Guthrie, who suffered a shoulder injury when the chain on his bike broke as he was riding to Coors Field on Friday afternoon.

Moscoso gave up back-to-back singles with one out in the third and the third Mets run when Wright doubled. Moscoso escaped more damage when Fowler charged Duda's liner and made a tumbling catch.

Marco Scutaro extended his hitting streak to seven games when he led off the first with a single. He stole second and continued to third when catcher Josh Thole threw the ball into center field. After Gonzalez walked, Scutaro scored when Tulowitzki grounded into a fielder's choice.

Notes: Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who underwent Tommy John surgery June 3, pitched six innings Friday against the A's in an extended spring training game and allowed three hits and one earned run with one walk and nine strikeouts. Manager Jim Tracy said De La Rosa hit 91-92 mph with his fastball and felt good Saturday. ... Mets manager Terry Collins didn't have slumping first baseman Ike Davis in his lineup Friday night against left-hander Drew Pomeranz but plans to start Davis the rest of the road trip, even though the Mets will face three left-handed starters _ Jamie Moyer here Sunday and J.A. Happ and Wandy Rodriguez in a three-game series at Houston. Davis is hitting .132 (9 for 68) with three homers, seven RBI and a team-leading 22 strikeouts, but Collins said Davis won't overcome his slump on the bench. “Not playing him is not helping him,” Collins said. ... Tracy said Guthrie played catch Saturday and was understandably sore. Guthrie is eligible to be activated May 8 at San Diego and Tracy said the Rockies are planning on him being ready to make that start. ... Tracy expects Drew Pomeranz to make his start as scheduled Wednesday against the Dodgers. He left Friday after four innings with left forearm tightness. ... Scott Hairston's cycle Friday was the 10th in Mets history and first since Jose Reyes on June 21, 2006, against the Reds. It was also the first cycle in the majors this season.

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