Adrian Gonzalez struggles with three strikeouts on Sunday night against the Yankees.

jets_055To avoid the embarrassment of a winless homestand, the slumping New York Mets needed to beat the top team in baseball with its best pitcher on the mound.

That’s exactly what they did.

Seth Lugo tossed six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Mets blanked the New York Yankees 2-0 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game skid.

Rockies manager Bud Black spoke afterward about how Shaw’s mechanics were better and the hits he gave up after that strange play must have had eyes. But Shaw was in no mood to excuse his meltdown.

I mean, the hits were whatever. I field that, throw to second, we turn the double play, I strike out the next guy, the inning’s over. Nothing else happens after that, Shaw said. It’s obviously the bobble and the throwaway.

All those hits that barely eluded the Rockies? That’s baseball, said shortstop Trevor Story, whose night included two homers and a defensive gem that were rendered mere footnotes in Colorado’s sixth straight loss at home and seventh consecutive defeat to the Diamondbacks at Coors Field dating to last June 21.

Silvino Bracho (2-0) threw a pair of 1-2-3 innings and struck out four in relief of starter Matt Koch, who gave up three homers, including Story’s 13th and 14th and one to DJ LeMahieu, his sixth.

They’ve wasted the last few years of Eli’s career, they’ve wasted his prime, O’Hara told NJ.com. It’s been hard to sit and watch that happen. I’m glad to see that they found a way to correct it, but Eli can still play the game.

Former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said O’Hara was right.

I agree with him, Tuck said of O’Hara’s opinion. We all know what Eli can do when he is healthy and when he has comparable athletes around him. I don’t think he had those. Anything other than that, you are just lying to yourself.

Of course, Manning himself has not played well in recent years, and he deserves plenty of the blame for the Giants’ struggles as well. Even if his teammates like him well enough that they won’t say so.

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