May 4, 2014 8:22 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
DENVER -- Rockies right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin made his 2014 debut Sunday afternoon, but the performance showed he isn't quite back.
Chacin gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings as the Mets, who got six scoreless innings from starter Dillon Gee, avoided being swept in a four-game series by winning, 5-1, on Sunday at Coors Field in front of 40,190.
The Rockies' Nolan Arenado extended his hit streak to 24 games -- second-longest in club history to the 27-game run Michael Cuddyer had last season -- with a fourth-inning double. But the Rockies managed little else against Gee (3-1). Justin Morneau led off the ninth with his seventh homer of the season, off Mets Jeurys Familia, to prevent the Rockies from being shut out for the first time this season.
Gee, who pitched the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Rockies last Aug. 8 at Citi Field, gave up six hits but struck out five and prevented the Rockies from putting together any rallies.
After being defeated, 11-10, on Saturday night, the Mets kept hitting, especially from the top of the batting order. Leadoff man Juan Lagares had three hits, including a double, and extended his hit streak to 13 games.
Chacin (0-1) suffered a right shoulder strain before even throwing a bullpen session in Spring Training, and had to rest and recover before beginning his preparation. Sunday's start came after he had thrown four Minor League rehab starts.
His first time facing big leaguers saw the Mets take advantage of pitches left up and over the plate. Curtis Granderson's RBI single highlighted a four-hit Mets first inning. David Wright and Chris Young had doubles in a two-run third, and back-to-back doubles by Lagares and Daniel Murphy pushed across a run in the fourth.
Lucas Duda added an RBI double off Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle in the seventh.
Michael McKenry and Corey Dickerson opened the Rockies' seventh with singles off Gee. But Mets reliever Carlos Torres forced a DJ LeMahieu groundout and struck out Drew Stubbs, and Scott Rice forced Charlie Blackmon to fly to center.