Colorado (17-25) at New York (21-22)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Sun May 23, 2004
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The New York Mets look to get back to .500 for the first time in more than a month as they shoot for a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

The Mets were 5-4 on April 15 and poised to go two games above the break-even mark—something New York never accomplished during the 2003 season. But the Mets got swept by Pittsburgh, beginning a stretch of eight losses in 10 games.

After Tuesday’s 5-4 win over St. Louis, the Mets again moved within a game of evening their record, but dropped two straight to the Cardinals.

The Mets have bounced back by taking the first two games of this series, including a 5-4 win on Saturday night, putting .500 once again within their grasp.

However, New York manager Art Howe says he doesn’t want to talk about getting to the elusive mark. He just wants his team to do it.

“I don’t even want to talk about it,” Howe said. “Every time we do, we take a step backwards.”

The loss was the Rockies’ fourth straight, tying a season high. It was also the first time in eight games that Colorado lost when it was leading through seven innings.

“There’s all kinds of bruises and black marks on my scorecard, and sometimes those things add up to a loss,” said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, who refuses to accept playing away from Coors Field as an excuse for his team’s poor road play.

Colorado remains winless in seven road series this year.

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15-8 Record 11-14
5.84 ERA 3.60
117 K 109
105 BB 70
1.62 WHIP 1.29