The New York Mets (15-14) lost their third straight game to the Colorado Rockies (19-13) Saturday night by a score of 11-10 at Coors Field. It was a brutal loss for the Amazins, who squandered an early 6-0 lead, only to put themselves in position to win, before falling in the game's final at-bat.
After weak offensive performances in the first two games of the series, the Mets jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with an RBI double from Daniel Murphy and RBI singles from Anthony Recker and Lucas Duda. They would extend the lead in the third, as Curtis Grandson singled home David Wright and would later score on a double by Recker. An error by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado produced another run, as Recker came around to score and Ruben Tejada reached base.
Rockies starter Franklin Morales was charged six runs (five earned) on nine hits in five innings of work and looked to be in line for a sure loss upon leaving the game. The Rockies bats however, awoke in an offensive explosion in the fifth inning off Mets starter Jenrry Mejia that quickly changed the entire game.
Mejia got in trouble with the first batter of the frame as Ryan Wheeler led off the inning with a solo homer, his first of the season. With two on and one out, Charlie Blackmon singled home Jordan Pacheco, followed by a Drew Stubbs RBI single that scored Brandon Barnes. Carlos Gonzalez continued the hit parade, singling home Blackmon and then Mejia would load the bases, hitting Troy Tulowitzki with a pitch. Nolan Arenado made Mejia pay in the next at-bat, blasting a grand slam to deep left for his fifth homer of the season. With the Mets now down 8-6, Daisuke Matsuzaka would be called upon to relieve Mejia and successfully retired the final two batters of the inning. Mejia finished with a line of eight runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. He also struck out three as his season ERA ballooned from 3.49 to 5.23.
The Mets would immediately answer however, getting a RBI double from Chris Young scoring Daniel Murphy and an RBI single from Curtis Granderson, scoring Young. With the game now 8-8, Dice-K would stay in the game for the sixth and seventh. He would allow the Rockies to pull back out in front on a sac fly from Pacheco that scored Tulowitzki for the second out of the seventh.
Again, the lead was short lived, as Young picked up another RBI, singling home Murphy off Adam Ottavino (BS, 1) with one out in the eighth. Scott Rice would pitch a scoreless home-half of the frame, setting up the Mets to take the lead in the ninth.
With one out in the ninth inning, former Met LaTroy Hawkins (W, 1-0) came into the game and promptly allowed a pinch-hit double to Bobby Abreu. Eric Young Jr. would pinch-run for the 40-year old and following a Josh Satin groundout, would score the go-ahead run on a base hit from Juan Lagares.
As was the theme all night, no lead was safe as Kyle Farnsworth came on for the save in the bottom of the ninth. Tulowitzki led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a flyout to deep center by Arenado. Farnsworth (L, 0-2, BS, 1) wouldn't get as lucky with the next batter, as pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson blasted a walk-off bomb out of center field to end the ballgame. The Rockies totaled eleven runs on thirteen hits and four walks over the course of the game, with three homers en route to the win.
Player of the Game
- Troy Tulowitzki was a huge factor in the win, going 3-for-4 while also reaching on a HBP and leading the Rox with three runs scored. He is now batting .400 on the season.
- With a 2-for-5 night, Nolan Arenado extended his MLB-leading hitting streak to 23 games.
- Daniel Murphy had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and raised his average to .308 on the season.
What's on Deck
The Mets will attempt to avoid the sweep Sunday afternoon as Dillon Gee (2-1, 2.88) faces Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 4:10 PM EST.Tags: Baseball, Charlie Blackmon, Charlie Culberson, Colorado Rockies, Coors Field, Jenrry Mejia, Juan Lagares, Kyle Farnsworth, LaTroy Hawkins, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Nolan Arenado