Jon Gray Earns 1st Big League Win, Rockies Beat Mets 5-2

Matt Harvey (3-5) struggled in his first start at Coors Field, allowing five runs

Hard-throwing righty Jon Gray picked up his first major league victory and base hit, helping the Colorado Rockies beat New York 5-2 on Friday night to snap an 11-game skid to the Mets.

Gray (1-1) went seven stellar innings and struck out eight in his 14th career start. Jake McGee pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save.

Rookie shortstop Trevor Story had two doubles, including one that brought in the go-ahead run in the fifth, on a day when the Rockies found out that veteran shortstop Jose Reyes will be suspended through May 31. The penalty stemmed from an alleged altercation with his wife at a Hawaii resort last October.

Matt Harvey (3-5) struggled in his first start at Coors Field, allowing five runs and a season-high 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. What's more, his scoreless string against the Rockies was halted at 22 straight innings.

Gray started the season on the disabled list with an abdominal strain and has steadily found his command. He pitched seven scoreless innings in his last outing at San Francisco, but wound up with a no decision.

This time, it was a different story as the Rockies won their 1,000th game in the Mile High City. Gray started out sizzling, striking out the side to open the game, before surrendering a two-run double to Kevin Plawecki in the second.

The 2013 first-round pick of the Rockies allowed four more hits until he was taken out following the seventh. Gray received a loud round of applause as he walked off the field after striking out Curtis Granderson on his career-high 105th pitch — a nasty 89-mph slider.

Gray also came up big at the plate with a single to lead off the fifth. He scored on Story's double to left.

The Rockies finally solved Harvey in the fourth, ending a scoreless string against the righty that dated to Aug. 22, 2012. It was aided by a misread from fielder Michael Conforto on Gerardo Parra's sinking liner. The ball bounced past the charging Conforto, allowing Nolan Arenado to score from first. Mark Reynolds followed with an RBI single to make it 2-2.

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