N EW YORK — New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel had an exhaustive explanation for his club`s sudden resurgence, emphasizing some strong pitching and the stellar job his ramshackle lineup of contact hitters has done in generating offense.
Mike Pelfrey offered a much more succinct explanation for New York`s four-game winning streak.
“We`re just playing better baseball,” he said.
Pelfrey pitched into the seventh inning, and the Mets` meager offense kept pecking away in a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Luis Castillo, Jeff Francoeur, Brian Schneider and David Murphy each drove in a run for New York, which matched its longest winning streak since May 25-29. Murphy scored twice and contributed several good defensive plays, including a nimble 3-6-1 double play in the fourth inning.
“It feels good to win, and that starts with our pitching,” said David Wright, who had two hits. “Yesterday our bullpen was fantastic and today Mike Pelfrey threw about as well as Mike Pelfrey can throw.”
The hard-tossing right-hander rebounded from consecutive losses to again fluster the Rockies, running his scoreless innings streak against them to 20. Pelfrey (8-6) got into bases-loaded jams in the fourth and sixth innings, but escaped both times.
The run of good performances has helped take some of the attention away from the Mets` front-office turmoil, which included the firing of a team official Monday for a series of highly publicized blowups, and a bizarre news conference in which general manager Omar Minaya questioned the motives of a reporter who had written about the dismissed executive.