Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Struggling right-hander Mike Pelfrey tossed seven scoreless innings and Jose Reyes knocked in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, as the New York Mets beat Ubaldo Jimenez and the Colorado Rockies, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.
Pelfrey (11-6) scattered four hits, walked one and struck out four to pick up his first win since June 25. He was 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA over his previous seven outings, allowing 30 earned runs in 30 innings.
Jimenez (17-3) gave up one run on four hits over seven full frames. The major league leader in wins, Jimenez had eight strikeouts and walked four. He remains tied with Kevin Ritz (1996), Pedro Astacio (1999) and Jeff Francis(2007) for the franchise record in single season victories.
The Rockies had a runner on third in the second and sixth innings, but Pelfrey emerged unscathed both times.
Pelfrey reached on a broken-bat infield single to open the bottom of the sixth, the third straight inning the Mets had the leadoff man aboard. Pelfrey was erased on a fielder's choice and Jimenez hit Fernando Martinez with a pitch. Both runners advanced on Angel Pagan's slow roller to second. David Wright was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Ike Davis, who struck out for the third time to end the inning.
The Mets loaded the bases again in the seventh. Jimenez walked Chris Carter on four pitches to begin the inning, and pinch-runner Jeff Francoeur took third on a double to right field by Josh Thole. After Jimenez caught Ruben Tejada looking at a 3-2 pitch, he intentionally walked pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran before Reyes' fly ball to right plated Francoeur. Jimenez struck out Martinez to limit the damage.
Hisanori Takahashi succeeded Pelfrey and worked a 1-2-3 eighth. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth to earn his 25th save of the season.
The Mets returned home after a 2-4 road trip...Colorado fell to 2-3 on its seven-game road trip...The Rockies are 3-22 in their last 25 games against the Mets in New York...Rockies closer Huston Street missed Tuesday's game to be with his wife after the birth of their first child. Street's wife, Lacey, gave birth to a son, Ripken Ray, on Monday night in Denver.