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COL@PIT: Moyer holds Bucs to one run over six frames

Jamie Moyer may be the oldest player in baseball, but he's also been the Rockies' best pitcher to begin the season.

The left-hander at 49 years young is the only Colorado starter to go at least five innings in each of his starts, compiling a 1-2 record with a 2.28 ERA.

He'll have a tough task in front of him on Sunday though, facing the Mets' Johan Santana in the series finale at Coors Field.

"Amazing. Everything that he has done is unbelievable," Santana said. "I have a lot of respect for him, because everything that he has done for the game, and even to come back after surgery is not easy to do. At his age, I'm very happy for him. It shows you when you put yourself into it, you can do a lot of good things. But at the same time, we have to compete tomorrow and see how it goes."

Moyer held the Pirates to one run on six hits on Tuesday but still took a no-decision in six innings of work after the Rockies bullpen surrendered four combined runs in the seventh and eighth.

While Moyer threw 84 pitches, 51 of which were strikes, the lefty felt as though he could have economized a little better through the six innings.

"I had three frustrating at-bats against him," said Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen. "I can't believe he got me out. Seeing someone throwing 79 [mph] is like seeing someone throw 100. It isn't something you see every day."

Meanwhile, Santana comes into Sunday's contest on normal rest for the first time this season, hoping to build off his sharpest outing of the year.

Fanning 11 in 6 2/3 innings, the Mets ace surrendered just one run on three hits against the Marlins on Tuesday, taking a no-decision in New York's 2-1 win.

Still winless after four starts this season in large part because of the Mets' inability to plate a single run while he's been in the game, Santana will take the hill at Coors Field for the first time in his career.

"They'll come," Santana said of the team's run support. "They're trying. We're working hard. It's just part of the game. It's been tough matchups that we're going against. Every time you have a matchup like that, it's all about one pitch or one run."

Mets: Hairston gets start after cycle
A day after hitting for the 10th cycle in Mets history, Scott Hairston got a rare start in the outfield against a right-hander Guillermo Moscoso. He went 0-for-4 in the game.

"When you're swinging good, you try to get him in the lineup," manager Terry Collins said of Hairston, who typically only starts against lefties.

• Chris Schwinden will receive another start Wednesday in Houston, Collins confirmed before Saturday's game against the Rockies. Though Schwinden allowed six runs over four-plus innings Friday in Denver, the Mets have no alternatives with Chris Young not yet ready to join the team.

Rockies: Gonzalez finding groove
While Carlos Gonzalez tied a career-high with six RBIs in Friday's game against the Mets, it marked his third game this season with four or more RBIs.

It was also his 11th career game with four or more RBIs since 2010, tied for the second most in the Majors behind the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, who has 12 since 2010.

"It goes without saying the type of damage he can do as an offensive player when he forces people to throw pitches over the plate vs. expanding the strike zone," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He's a very dangerous hitter whether it's a right- or left-handed pitcher standing out there."

In Saturday's contest against the Mets, Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Worth Noting
• Mets outfielder Andres Torres was 1-for-3 with a walk Saturday in his final rehabilitation game for Triple-A Buffalo. Torres, who has been on the disabled list since April 6 with a strained left calf, will join the Mets in time for Monday's game in Houston.

• Todd Helton owns a career .351 (119-for-339) average against the Mets in his career, while Troy Tulowitzki has hit .333 (42-for-126) in 32 games against the team, with eight home runs.

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