DENVER (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched eight innings of one-run ball and made a dazzling defensive play, catcher James McCann threw out Trevor Story attempting to steal second for the final out and the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Sunday.
J.D. Davis delivered an RBI single and Jeff McNeil had an RBI groundout for the Mets, who have won five of their last six, including two of three at Coors Field this weekend.
Stroman (3-0) allowed three hits and struck out five. He also helped himself with a spectacular backhand play to start the eighth.
The nimble right-hander shuffled quickly off the mound to his right and reached behind his back with his glove to snag Josh Fuentes’ grounder. He threw off-balanced to first, and the ball rolled the final few feet into Pete Alonso’s glove just before Fuentes got to the base.
“It was all reaction, to be honest,” Stroman said. “I work in the weight room to keep my athleticism and when I’m out there, I just kind of let everything flow. I thought I was going to catch it. I didn’t know and once I felt it in my hand, I already had my momentum going toward third.
“And I figured rather than just stopping and planting, I figure just get it over there as quick as possible. It worked out perfectly, and (Alonso) made a great stretch to get him.”
New York has had to overcome a series of interruptions this season, including seven postponements due to weather and coronavirus protocols.
“Pitching and defense, you do those two things well and you’re going to be able to win a lot of games.” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “I think we’re doing it well for the most part right now. But I think the more games we’ll play and the more we’re able to get out there, with the weather, the guys are going to be…