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COL@MIL: Pomeranz strikes out six over five innings

The Mets will take on a new opponent when they face the Rockies on Friday night, but they won't alter their game plan.

New York will be up against heralded young left-hander Drew Pomeranz, but Mets manager Terry Collins said one bit of old-school baseball strategy probably won't be in the offing, and that's the hit-and-run. He just doesn't like to do it all that often.

"I grew up in an organization years ago -- the Dodgers -- that didn't like the hit-and-run," Collins said. "They said, 'If your purpose is just to get a guy in scoring position, then bunt.' A lot of things can happen on a hit-and-run, and a lot of the things that can happen aren't good. Number one, if the guy swings and misses, you're not getting the jump you need to steal second. If he hits a line drive, you're doubled up."

Collins said he wouldn't mind sitting down with some of his regulars, including Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and David Wright, and asking them how many times they've hit-and-run in their careers.

"The number of guys that have been asked to do it in their career is limited with the kind of lineup we have," Collins said. "You end up telling those guys, 'Well, I'm going to put you in a situation you're not very familiar with, and there's a chance of huge failure coming on.'"

Meanwhile, Pomeranz should have a simple plan entering Friday's start: repeat what he did in the first four innings of his last outing and avoid what he did in his final frame.

The lefty retired the first 12 batters he faced Saturday in four perfect innings against the Brewers before giving up two runs on two hits and three walks in the fifth. He managed to strike out five batters, however, and those first four innings were a sign of progress, the Rockies hope.

"It's just one of those things where I lost my rhythm for a minute, and you can't do that in the middle of a game," Pomeranz said after that outing. "It's hard to pitch when you lose it for a second there."

"I saw a guy with great stuff the first four innings, and then he just lost control," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said Saturday. "But those first four innings, I think he needs to build off that and look at the positive."

Pomeranz has yet to pitch more than five innings in both of his starts to begin the season. In all, he has allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits and five walks with nine strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings.

For Friday's start, the Mets will call up Chris Schwinden from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Mike Pelfrey, who is out with a right elbow injury that will almost certainly require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Schwinden has given up two runs over his last 13 innings and has recorded a 2.05 ERA in four starts with Buffalo.

Mets: Thole on a roll
• Josh Thole has reached base in all 17 games he has played so far this season, the longest streak to start a campaign by a catcher in franchise history and the longest such streak by any Mets player since Carlos Beltran began the 2009 season reaching in 25 straight games.

• Rookie outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has at least one hit in 11 of 13 games, dating to April 13 at Philadelphia. Nieuwenhuis is hitting .354 (17-for-48) with eight runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run, three RBIs and two walks during the run.

Rockies: Brothers looking to become more efficient
• Lefty reliever Rex Brothers said before Wednesday's doubleheader -- and after his Tuesday-night meltdown in the seventh inning -- that he was looking to become more efficient, to avoid overthrowing the ball and to get back to being the effective pitcher he's been for much of his time in the Majors.

He got off to a good start in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader, tossing a 13-pitch sixth inning in which he allowed no runs and only one hit.

"I haven't done very well for a week and a half now, but I've just got to start making pitches -- it's as simple as that," Brothers said. "It'll come sooner than later. That's the nature of this game. It can be cruel sometimes and just as good in the others.

"After I talked to several people [Tuesday] night, I kind of put things into perspective. I was trying to force the issue and correct things in the wrong way. Today's a new day."

• Right-hander Zach Putnam, who was called up as the 26th man on Colorado's roster for Wednesday's doubleheader, was optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs following the second game.

Worth noting
• Overall, the Mets are batting .226 (36-for-159) with runners in scoring position.

• Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is one double away from tying Jeff Kent and Eddie Murray for 22nd on MLB's all-time doubles list with 560 two-base hits.

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