Taijuan Walker’s gem powers Mets’ shutout win over Rockies to take series

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DENVER — Taijuan Walker had been fabulous for six innings Sunday, but could the Mets get an further 3 outs from him to assistance a taxed bullpen?

With a boost from his defense, Walker got those outs. Adam Ottavino, Joely Rodriguez and Edwin Diaz handled the rest, successful a 2-0 triumph implicit the Rockies astatine Coors Field.

For a 2nd clip successful 3 starts, Walker fired a seven-inning shutout. In this one, helium allowed 5 hits with 2 walks and six strikeouts, allowing the Mets (28-15) to permission municipality with a bid victory. In 13 bid this season, the Mets are 11-1-1.

Buck Showalter was rewarded for his religion successful allowing Walker to transportation the seventh erstwhile Luis Guillorme’s diving halt connected Brian Serven’s grounder to 3rd became the last out. This came aft Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil turned a treble play connected Jose Iglesias’ grounder.

Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday during the Mets' triumph   implicit    the Rockies.Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday during the Mets’ triumph implicit the Rockies. USA TODAY Sports

The Mets had a past Rockies menace to past successful the eighth, but Rodriguez needed lone 1 transportation to discontinue Ryan McMahon with the tying runs connected base.

Lindor’s RBI azygous successful the sixth produced the game’s archetypal run. Brandon Nimmo led disconnected the inning with a crisp azygous to close that Randal Grichuk booted, allowing Nimmo to scope third. With the infield drawn in, Lindor pounded a azygous done the third-base hole. McNeil followed with a bloop treble to near and Pete Alonso’s RBI groundout extended the pb to 2-0.

The Rockies’ menace against Walker successful the seventh began erstwhile Grichuk and Brendan Rodgers singled successful succession starring disconnected the inning.

Francisco Lindor rips a RBI azygous  successful  the sixth inning.Francisco Lindor rips a RBI azygous successful the sixth inning. Getty Images

Other opportunities against Walker were limited. In the fifth, Iglesias and Serven delivered consecutive two-out singles earlier Walker retired Joe Conor. The Rockies besides enactment 2 runners connected basal successful the first, but Walker struck retired McMahon to extremity the threat.