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Streaking Arenado has hit safely in 23 straight games

DENVER -- The Rockies' starting-pitching party has gone just fine without right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, and that's been fine with him.

After missing the first five weeks of the season recovering and rehabbing from a right shoulder strain that showed up at the start of Spring Training, Chacin joins the Rockies on Sunday afternoon. He will try to help his club earn a four-game sweep of the Mets, who counter with right-hander Dillon Gee (2-1, 2.88 ERA).

Chacin's four Minor League rehab starts, two at Class A Modesto and two at Triple-A Colorado Springs covering 18 innings (1-3, 5.00 ERA), essentially were his Spring Training. His last start, when he went six innings at Memphis and gave up one run on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts, let him know he was ready.

"The last start, I felt more comfortable," Chacin said. "I had more of my pitches working better. My sinker was good, and my slider and changeup. I didn't use a lot of my curveball. The pitches I used more were really good. I feel I'm ready to be here again."

There have been the occasional crazy games, like Saturday's 11-10 victory over the Mets, when Rockies starter Franklin Morales gave up six runs in five innings. But Rockies starters are 10-2 since April 15.

And the rotation gets back Chacin, 26, who went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA and forced 30 double-play grounders (second in the Majors to the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright) last season, when he was the Opening Day starter.

"This year, the guys are doing well and it's fun to see them pitching well," Chacin said. "I just want to come back and do what I know, try to keep the ball down, throw strikes and throw the most innings I can."

The Rockies have seen Gee in top form. On Aug. 8, he threw 7 2/3 innings and scattered eight hits while holding the Rockies to one run, on a Corey Dickerson homer, to take a 2-1 victory at Citi Field.

Gee is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in three career starts against the Rockies, but 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA against them at Coors Field.

Mets: Not as bad as it seems
The Mets came to Coors Field as one of the surprise teams in the National League, and they aren't letting three straight losses to the Rockies deflate their confidence.

Catcher Anthony Recker said the team has to take the positives out of Saturday night's 11-10 heartbreaker, which ended with the Rockies' Charlie Culberson homering for two runs to dead center off closer Kyle Farnsworth with one out in the ninth.

"It's tough, but I don't think it should be tough for us to bounce back [Sunday]," Recker said. "We did a heck of a job [Saturday]. You got to take the positives out of it, coming back. Team scored eight runs on you in an inning after you're up 6-0, that is tough to come back from but we did it two or three times.

"Honestly, we just ran out of innings tonight."

Rockies: Tulowitzki a crowd-pleaser
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made it clear that earning his career 1,000th hit was made more special by the wild victory, but he said the crowd reaction was special.

"It was nice to do it on a Saturday with a big crowd," Tulowitzki said. "That made it cool. Great atmosphere out there."

After going 3-for-4 on Saturday, Tulowitzki not only improved his hit total to 1,001, but he lifted his Majors-leading batting average to .400. In 13 games at Coors, Tulowitzki is batting .591 with six doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs.

Worth noting
• Mets third baseman David Wright went 3-for-5 with a double to improve his career batting average at Coors to .391 with six doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. Adrian Beltre (.399) is the only active player among visitors with a higher batting average.

• The six-run deficit the Rockies erased Saturday marked their largest comeback of the season.

• Nolan Arenado's 23-game hit streak is tied with Dante Bichette's run from 1995 for second-longest in Rockies history. Michael Cuddyer's 27-game streak last year is the club record. During his streak, Arenado, who had a grand slam and a double Saturday night, is batting .355 (33-for-93) with seven doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs.

• The Mets' Juan Lagares has a 12-game streak during which he is batting .314 (16-for-51).

• With two doubles and a triple Saturday night, the Mets' Daniel Murphy matched his career single-game high for extra-base hits. He also did it July 3, 2012, against the Phillies and June 27, 2012, against the Cubs. Comments