Offense abundant as Rockies rock MetsApr 28, 2012 - 6:46 AM
The Rockies, who pounded out 19 hits in the game, were led by Carlos Gonzalez, who finished 3-for-6 with six RBI and a run scored. Ramon Hernandez crushed a grand slam, Troy Tulowitzki added a solo shot and Dexter Fowler clubbed a three-run homer.
Every player in the Rockies' starting lineup, including starter Drew Pomeranz had at least one hit, while Todd Helton and Jonathan Herrera each added an RBI for Colorado, which bounced back from a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday in a big way.
"There were some very special things that took place offensively tonight," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Despite how many runs we score, we showed tremendous disciple at the plate, and that enabled us to string hits together."
Matt Reynolds (3-0) gave up two hits and no runs in one inning of work to earn the win, while Manny Acosta (0-1) was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- on five hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning to suffer the loss.
Scott Hairston hit for the cycle in just four at-bats, scored three times and knocked in four runs, Ruben Tejada had four hits and two runs scored, while Lucas Duda had two RBI for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Hairston's cycle was the 10th in Mets franchise history and he became the first Met to hit for the cycle since Jose Reyes on June 21, 2006. Other Mets to accomplish the feat include: John Olerud in 1997, Keith Hernandez in 1985, Tommie Agee in 1970 and Jim Hickman, who hit the franchise's first cycle in 1963.
Hairston had just five hits in 29 at-bats this season entering Friday's game.
"That was probably one of the most craziest games I've ever been a part of," Hairston said. "But that's just one day. That's just one day in the season, and we've got to put it behind us."
Trailing 6-2 heading into the home fifth, the Rockies exploded for 11 runs to break the game wide open. The outburst started with Eric Young Jr. reaching on an error by Mets starter Chris Schwinden and it snowballed from there. Young stole second and scored on a single by Herrera for the first run of the frame.
Gonzalez followed with his monster shot to right center field to tie the game at six. Tulowitzki and Helton singled and Michael Cuddyer walked to load the bases before Tulowitzki scored on a groundout by Hernandez to give the Rockies the lead for good at 7-6.
Fowler's three-run homer to deep right field came two batters later to make it 9-6 and Gonzalez singled home Young and Marco Scutaro later in the inning. Herrera scored on a throwing error by Zack Lutz to cap the huge inning.
Hairston doubled home Tejada and David Wright and then scored on a Duda single in the sixth to make it 13-9. The Mets would not score again.
Helton drove home Scutaro and Herrera to make it 15-9 in the seventh and Hernandez followed two batters later with his grand slam to deep right field off Mets reliever Bobby Parnell to cap the scoring.
The Mets opened the scoring in their first at-bat when Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled to center to start the game and moved to second on an error by Fowler. He then advanced to third on a groundout by Tejada and scored on a fielder's choice to give the Mets the early lead.
Colorado responded with two runs in the home half of the inning when Tulowitzki blasted an offering from Schwinden over the left field wall to put the Rockies on top, 2-1.
The Mets added four runs in the top of the fifth. Tejada singled to start the frame and Hairston brought him home with a triple. Duda followed with an RBI single into right. Mike Nickeas and Schwinden stroked back-to-back RBI base hits to give the Mets a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead.
The Mets fell to 5-2 in the first game of a series this season...Pomeranz left after four innings with arm stiffness. He gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and three walks while fanning four...Schwinden was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and one walk...It was Tejada's second four-hit game of the season...It was Gonzalez's third 6-RBI game of his career. He also set a franchise record with five RBI in the fifth inning.
- NEW YORK: 9
Apr 28 12:29 AM
- Ramon Hernandez two-out, Grand Slam (4) to right scored Jonathan Herrera, Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer. Dexter Fowler due up.
Mets 9, Rockies 18 Bot 7, 2 OutsApr 28 12:01 AM
- Todd Helton singled to left scoring Marco Scutaro with two out. On the play, Jonathan Herrera advances to second. Runners on first and second and Michael Cuddyer due up.
Mets 9, Rockies 14 Bot 7, 2 OutsApr 27 11:54 PM
- Zach Lutz flied out to right. Runner on first with two outs and Mike Nickeas due up.
Mets 9, Rockies 13 Top 6, 2 OutsApr 27 11:15 PM
- Scott Hairston doubled to left scoring Ruben Tejada and David Wright with one out. Runner on second and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 8, Rockies 13 Top 6, 1 OutApr 27 11:12 PM
- Miguel Batista enters the game for the Mets with a runner on second and one out.
Mets 6, Rockies 13 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 27 11:00 PM
- Dexter Fowler one-out, three-run Home Run (3) to right scored Michael Cuddyer and Ramon Hernandez. Eric Young Jr. due up.
Mets 6, Rockies 10 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 27 10:49 PM
- Ramon Hernandez grounded into a fielder's choice to short scoring Troy Tulowitzki with one out. On the play, Michael Cuddyer advances to second. Todd Helton tagged out at third. Runners on first and second and Dexter Fowler due up.
Mets 6, Rockies 7 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 27 10:46 PM
- Manny Acosta enters the game for the Mets with none on and none out.
Mets 6, Rockies 6 Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 27 10:40 PM
- Jonathan Herrera singled to right scoring Eric Young Jr. with none out. On the play, Marco Scutaro advances to second. Runners on first and second and Carlos Gonzalez due up.
Mets 6, Rockies 3 Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 27 10:33 PM
- Chris Schwinden singled to right scoring Zach Lutz with two out. On the play, Mike Nickeas advances to third. Runners on first and third and Kirk Nieuwenhuis due up.
Mets 6, Rockies 2 Top 5, 2 OutsApr 27 10:21 PM
- Mike Nickeas singled to left scoring Lucas Duda with two out. On the play, Zach Lutz advances to second. Runners on first and second and Chris Schwinden due up.
Mets 5, Rockies 2 Top 5, 2 OutsApr 27 10:20 PM
- Lucas Duda singled to right scoring Scott Hairston with two out. Runner on first and Zach Lutz due up.
Mets 4, Rockies 2 Top 5, 2 OutsApr 27 10:18 PM
- Scott Hairston tripled to center scoring Ruben Tejada. Runner on third and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 3, Rockies 2 Top 5, 2 OutsApr 27 10:17 PM
- Scott Hairston lead-off Home Run (2) to left. Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 2, Rockies 2 Top 4, 0 OutsApr 27 9:51 PM
- Troy Tulowitzki two-out, solo Home Run (3) to left. Todd Helton due up.
Mets 1, Rockies 2 Bot 1, 2 OutsApr 27 9:02 PM
- Carlos Gonzalez grounded out first to pitcher scoring Marco Scutaro with two out. None on and Troy Tulowitzki due up.
Mets 1, Rockies 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsApr 27 8:59 PM
- With Scott Hairston batting, Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored on a runners fielders choice. On the play, David Wright picked off at first, pitcher to first to end the inning.
Mets 1, Rockies 0 Mid 1Apr 27 8:55 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Apr 27 8:44 PM
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