Jacob deGrom conceded only two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings, pitching the New York Mets past Colorado 3-0 on Wednesday night for their second consecutive shutout against the Rockies.
Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run for the surging Mets, who have won 10 of 12. Juan Uribe stroked an RBI double in the fourth and Michael Cuddyer followed with a run-scoring single on a night when both players reached 1,500 career hits.
Surprise leaders in the NL East, the Mets (62-52) matched their season high at 10 games over .500. They handed Colorado its ninth defeat in a row at Citi Field since 2013 — after the Rockies won eight straight at the ballpark the previous two years.
New York improved to 41-18 at home, surpassing its 2014 win total (40) in the cozy stadium.
Last season's NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom (11-6) entered with the second-lowest ERA in the National League at 2.13. He finished with his eighth career double-digit strikeout game and fourth this season.
The right-hander tied fellow ace Matt Harvey for the team lead in wins. Harvey yielded four hits over eight innings in a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.
Tyler Clippard quickly worked a perfect eighth, and Jeurys Familia got three outs for his 32nd save in 37 attempts.
Cespedes sent a solo shot to right-center off reliever Christian Bergman in the eighth. The slugger had 18 home runs for Oakland when the Mets acquired him minutes before the July 31 trade deadline.
Jorge De La Rosa (7-5) gave up two runs and four hits over six innings for the last-place Rockies. He struck out seven and walked two.
The crowd of 37,175 included comedian and actor Chris Rock, who mouthed "Let's Go Mets" when he appeared on the giant video board in the middle of the third.
Rockies: Lefty reliever Boone Logan, who struggled in the first two games of the series, was likely to get the night off after pitching the previous three days, manager Walt Weiss said.
Mets: 1B Lucas Duda (stiff back) was out of the lineup against a lefty starter for the second night in a row. Mets manager Terry Collins would like to play Duda against Colorado RHP Eddie Butler when New York goes for a four-game sweep in Thursday's matinee. ... Cuddyer played first base, his second consecutive start since returning Monday from a stint on the disabled list due to inflammation in his left knee. ... Streaking 2B-3B Daniel Murphy was rested.
Butler (3-9, 5.50 ERA) faces Noah Syndergaard (6-6, 3.01) in the series finale, a matchup of highly touted rookies. Syndergaard has impressed at Citi Field, where he is 6-1 with a 1.57 ERA in eight starts while compiling 60 strikeouts and only six walks. Butler has struggled overall, going 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA in four outings since getting recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on July 19. "We feel like there's still some more growth out in front of him," Weiss said. "He's got the weapons. It's a matter of just becoming more polished as a pitcher."