Gorski, Mets one-hit Stone Crabs

All-Star lefty improves to 11-1, drops FSL-best ERA to 2.27

Darin Gorski has given up one run or fewer in 11 of his 18 starts. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Daren Smith / MLB.com | August 12, 2011 5:29 PM

Matt Harvey has moved up and Zack Wheeler has moved in, but Darin Gorski remains a constant for the St. Lucie Mets.

Gorski faced the minimum over six innings and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter Friday as the Class A Advanced Mets blanked the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 3-0.

The 23-year-old left-hander continued a stellar run that began when he joined the Mets' starting rotation full-time on May 15. He won his first 10 decisions before pitching a seven-inning complete game in a losing effort on July 24 against Brevard County.

Against the Stone Crabs, Gorski (11-1) retired the first seven batters, striking out four in a row. Omar Luna lined a single to center field with one out in the third, but he was quickly erased on a double play by Dustin Biell.

Gorski set down his final nine batters while allowing just one ball to leave the infield. He fanned six to climb within one of Clearwater's Julio Rodriguez for second in the Florida State League while lowering his league-leading ERA to 2.27.

The 2009 seventh-round Draft pick has given up one run or fewer in 11 of his 18 starts and has allowed an FSL-best 9.45 baserunners per nine innings.

Eric Niesen pitched around a walk over two innings and Josh Edgin struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save. The trio combined on St. Lucie's 12th shutout, which ties Charlotte for tops in the league.

Juan Centeno drove in the only run the Mets needed with a fifth-inning single and Wilmer Flores padded the lead with a two-run single in the seventh.

Daren Smith is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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