The New York Mets (15-12) dropped their series opener to the Colorado Rockies (17-13) Thursday night by a score of 7-4 at Coors Field. The Rockies showed off their top-to-bottom hitting ability that has placed them amongst the NL West leaders through the first month of the season, belting out seven runs on eleven hits with eight of the nine starters registering at least one hit over the course of the ballgame.
The Rockies jumped out to an early lead on Carlos Gonzalez' sixth homer of the season, a solo shot in the first inning to deep right center. Things didn't get better in the second as Colorado starter Juan Nicasio helped his own cause, driving in Corey Dickerson and Charlie Culberson with a RBI single to right, making the game 3-0.
The Rox leadoff the fourth with a walk by Wilin Rosario, followed by a Corey Dickerson bunt single. Both runners advanced on an error by Lucas Duda and the bases were then loaded when Culberson was hit by a pitch. Nicasio continued to contribute with the bat, hitting a sacrifice fly to center that scored Rosario.
Blackmon continued the rally with a RBI single that scored Dickerson and Nolan Arenado drove home Culberson with another sac fly. The Rockies wouldn't do anymore damage in the inning, settling for an efficient line of three runs on three hits, two walks and an error.
It was a terrible night for Mets starter Bartolo Colon (L, 2-4), who couldn't make it out of the fifth frame, finishing with a line of seven runs allowed (all earned) on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three in 4.2 innings of work. He threw 83 pitches in the process.
On the opposing side, Nicasio (W, 3-1) cruised through seven innings of work, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out two. He was relieved by Chad Bettis, who allowed the Mets to break the shutout in the eighth inning, as the returning Juan Lagares doubled home Bobby Abreu with two outs in the frame. In the ninth, he surrendered back-to-back two-out singles by Chris Young and Curtis Granderson to set the table for Travis d'Arnaud, who belted his second homer of the season to deep center to close the gap to 7-4. Bettis was able to recover and coaxed a lineout from Ruben Tejada to right field to end the ballgame.
Player of the Game
- With a rock solid effort on the mound and an even bigger game at the plate, Juan Nicasio takes home the PotG honors. He finished 1-for-3 at the dish with three RBI en route to his third win of the season.
- With a third inning single, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 21 games, the longest currently in the Majors.
- The Mets bullpen did an excellent job keeping the Rox offense at bay the rest of the night, as Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen and Jose Valverde tossed the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit and combining for six strikeouts.
- Dickerson, the Rox seven hitter, led the ballclub with three hits on the night to go along with a RBI and two runs scored.
- Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for an 0-for-8 night, with four left on-base between the Mets number two and three batters in the lineup.
- Colon is now tied for the most homers allowed in the National League this season with seven.
What's on Deck
- The Mets and Rockies resume their four-game series Friday night, as Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.99) takes on Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23). First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM EST.