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NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee threw 7 2/3 strong innings Thursday afternoon and the New York Mets used a pair of productive outs to score their only runs in the fourth inning of a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies.

The Mets (52-60) swept the series from the reeling Rockies (52-64). It was the first three-game home sweep for the Mets since they took all three from the Miami Marlins last Sept. 21-23.

The Rockies lost their fifth in a row and finished a 10-game road trip at 1-9, which tied the franchise mark for the worst road trip in history. Colorado went 1-9 on a 10-game trip from June 22 through July 1, 2007.

Gee (8-8) continued his dominance at Citi Field by allowing the one run -- a solo homer by Corey Dickerson in the fourth inning -- on eight hits and no walks while striking out three. Gee is 4-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 11 starts at home this season and 14-12 with a 3.09 ERA in 39 career appearances (37 starts) at Citi Field.

Gee was lifted after allowing a single to DJ LeMahieu. After Scott Rice walked pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki, David Aardsma came on to retire Michael Cuddyer on a fly out to left.

LaTroy Hawkins notched his second save with a perfect ninth inning.

The Mets responded to Dickerson's homer by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth off Rockies emergency starter Jeff Manship. Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd opened the inning with singles before a walk to Ike Davis loaded the bases.

Rookie Wilmer Flores' slow roller to short scored Murphy while Byrd scored the go-ahead run on Anthony Recker's sacrifice fly to center.

The Mets could have added on to the lead when Omar Quintanilla was intentionally walked and Gee followed with an infield single. But Davis took too wide a turn at third base and was tagged out as he raced for home by third baseman Nolan Arenado.

LeMahieu had three hits for the Rockies.

Manship, who was recalled from Class AAA Colorado Springs Wednesday night and arrived at 5 a.m. Thursday, allowed the two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. It was his first start since May 1, 2010, when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins.

Manship was starting in place of Tyler Chatwood, who was scratched Wednesday night with right elbow inflammation and placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday morning.

NOTES: RHP Matt Harvey, the Mets' ace who threw his first career shutout in a 5-0 win on Wednesday night, said his right kneecap was fine. He was hit there by a line drive off the bat of Charlie Blackmon with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday. ... Mets manager Terry Collins said he wasn't sure who the Mets would recall to replace C John Buck once he leaves the team to be with his wife, who is overdue to deliver their third child. Top prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who is at Class AA Binghamton, was in line to receive the promotion if Buck's wife gave birth during the homestand, but the Mets are headed to the West Coast for 11 games and their Class AAA affiliate is in Las Vegas. ... To make room for Manship on the 40-man roster, the Rockies recalled LHP Christian Friedrich from Colorado Springs and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. ... With Thursday's game starting less than 15 hours after Wednesday's ended, Rockies regulars Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Helton, Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario all got the day off, though Tulowitzki pinch-hit in the eighth and both Fowler and Helton entered in double switches.

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