DENVER — Matt Harvey usually dominates Colorado. Always has in the past, anyway. Just not on this night, in his first start at Coors Field.
Harvey didn’t have his typical command in a 5-2 loss to Colorado on May 13 that brought an end to the New York Mets’ 11-game winning streak over the Rockies.
The hard-throwing Harvey (3-5) allowed 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.
“It’s frustrating. From one start to the next, it doesn’t feel the same at all,” Harvey said. “It wasn’t the ballpark or anything like that. It was me.”
What’s particularly confounding to Harvey is that this takes place after his last outing in San Diego, where he struck out 10 over six innings.
“I’m just not feeling comfortable throwing the baseball right now,” Harvey said. “I’ve got to keep my head down, keep focused and keep pushing to figure it out.”
Meanwhile, the weight is off Jon Gray’s right shoulder now that his wait for a win has finally ended.
In his 14th career start, Gray (1-1) went seven stellar innings to get the elusive win and the baseball to go with it. The Rockies also gave him another baseball to commemorate his first major league base hit — a single in the fifth.
“I feel on top of the world,” said Gray, who struck out eight.
Gray received a loud round of applause as he walked off the field after the seventh when he struck out Curtis Granderson on his career-high 105th pitch — a nasty 89-mph slider.
“He’s got a good arm. I thought his slider was very good tonight,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “You saw a lot of strikeouts on the slider. We’ve seen him two other times and this is the best we’ve seen him.”
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.
It wasn’t a distraction for Story. “I treated it like a normal day,” Story said. “Just get my work in and get ready for the game.”
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.
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 outfielder 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.
“We just didn’t give (Harvey) enough run support tonight,” Plawecki said.
(PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer)