Max Scherzer threw seven superb innings as the New York Mets (26-25) edged the Colorado Rockies (22-29), 5-2, on Friday night in the series opener at Coors Field.
Scherzer, who lowered his season ERA to 3.54, tossed seven innings of one-run ball while striking out a season-high eight batters.
Francisco Lindor had a big night at the plate, driving in four of the Mets’ five runs, including his eighth home run. Brett Baty added a run-scoring single, while Brandon Nimmo collected a pair of hits.
David Robertson allowed a run in relief of Scherzer, and Brooks Raley and Adam Ottavino combined to record the final three outs of the contest.
The Mets will try to win the series on Saturday at 9:40 p.m. with Justin Verlander on the hill.