Winners of five in a row and nine of their last eleven, the Colorado Rockies (50-73) completed a four-game sweep of the New York Mets (57-68) yesterday with a 1-0 win in the Big Apple. The Rockies open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs (47-76) this afternoon at 12:20 ET at Wrigley Field (TV: none).

The Rockies overcame a brilliant starting pitching performance for the second consecutive day against the Mets, scoring the only run of the game in the eighth inning to complete the four-game sweep.

Starting in place of Johan Santana -- whom the Mets shut down for the remainder of the season -- Collin McHugh was lights out in his Major League debut. The right-hander dominated the Rockies for seven innings, scattering just two hits while striking out nine.

But as was the case Wednesday -- when Colorado overcame a one-run, six-inning effort by Matt Harvey by tagging New York's bullpen for four runs over the final three innings -- it ultimately went for naught.

Official: Thursday's Box Score.

Tyler Colvin led off the eighth with a triple to center off Bobby Parnell -- a ball that sailed over the head of Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin after he mistakenly broke in on it -- and Chris Nelson broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single in the next at-bat.

Colorado's bullpen kept the Mets at bay to seal the deal, and the Rockies cruised out of New York with their fifth consecutive win and ninth in their last 11 games.

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[ColoradoRockies.com]