The New York Mets lost an 11-10 heartbreaker to the Colorado Rockies Saturday night at Coors Field. Infielder Charlie Culberson hit a pinch-hit walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the ninth off Mets closer Kyle Farnsworth who earned his first blown save of the season. Third baseman Nick Arenado was the star of the game for the Rockies, hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning that put the Rockies up 8-6.
After centerfielder Juan Lagares flied out to start the game, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy lined a shot to the gap in center for a triple. Third baseman David Wright followed with a double off the wall in left bringing in Murphy and giving the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Left fielder Chris Young walked, and right fielder Curtis Granderson flied out to right for the second out. Catcher Anthony Recker then singled in to center scoring Wright increasing the Mets lead to 2-0. First baseman Lucas Duda followed with a single to right that scored Chris Young and advanced Recker to third giving New York a 3-0 lead. Shortstop Ruben Tejada struck out to retire the side.
The Rockies were held scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, and both teams were retired in order in the second inning. David Wright started the top of the third by hitting a single to left and immediately stole second base. Chris Young grounded out to short but Wright advanced to third on the play. Curtis Granderson then singled to right field, scoring Wright making it 4-0 New York. Granderson advanced to second on a wild pitch by Rockies starter Franklin Morales. Anthony Recker then doubled to left scoring Granderson extending the lead to 5-0 New York. Lucas Duda grounded out to second but Recker moved over to third. Ruben Tejada hit a bouncer at Nick Arenado but the gold glover booted the ball, allowing Recker to score, stretching the score to 6-0 Mets. Pitcher Jenrry Mejia then grounded out to second to retire the side. With that groundout the Mets pitchers set a consecutive hitless record, going 0-46 to start the season.
Rockies catcher Jordan Pacheco blooped a single to shallow right to start the bottom half of the third. DJ LaMahieu then singled to center. Franklin Morales failed to get a bunt down and struck out. Right fielder Charlie Blackmon then lined out to second and LaMahieu was doubled off at second to complete the double play, ending the inning.
Juan Lagares struck out swinging and Daniel Murphy struck out looking for the first two outs in the top of the fourth. David Wright then followed with a single to right. On a pickoff attempt, Morales threw the ball away and Wright went to third on the botched play. But Chris Young grounded out to third to retire the side. Both teams failed to score in their next turns at bat.
First baseman Ryan Wheeler blasted a home run to right to start the bottom of the fifth for Colorado’s first run of the night. Pacheco then singled to center and DJ LaMahieu walked putting runners at first and second with no one out. Outfielder Brandon Barnes was then called to pinch-hit for Franklin Morales, and grounded into a fielder’s choice and LaMahieu was forced out at second. Charlie Blackmon then blooped a single to center that scored Pacheco and moved Barnes over to third, cutting the Mets lead to 6-2. Centerfielder Drew Stubbs then singled to left scoring Barnes and advancing Blackmon over to second, cutting the Mets lead in half at 6-3. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez then singled to right scoring, Blackmon, bringing the Rockies to within two runs at 6-4 New York. Jenrry Mejia then plunked shortstop Troy Tulowitzski to load the bases. Nolan Arenado then crushed a grand slam to left, giving the Rockies an 8-6 lead.
Mejia’s night was done and in came Daisuke Matsuzaka to stop the bleeding. In their second at bats of the inning Wheeler struck out and Pacheco flied out to right to end the Mets misery.
Chris Martin entered in relief for Rockies starter Franklin Morales in the top of the sixth. Juan Lagares struck out to start the inning, but Daniel Murphy followed with a double to left. David Wright grounded out to shortstop for the second out. Chris Young then doubled to deep center easily scoring Murphy, bringing the Mets back to within a run, at 8-7. Martin was then pulled as part of a double switch. In came Rex Brothers to pitch and Justin Morneau entered the game at first. Curtis Granderson then singled to center, scoring Young and tying the game at 8-8. Anthony Recker then grounded into a fielder’s choice at third, and Granderson was forced out at second to retire the side.
Both teams were held scoreless in their next turns at bat. In the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Gonzalez grounded out to start. Troy Tulowitzski singled to center, and Nolan Arenado doubled moving Tulowitzski to third. Corey Dickerson then pinch-hit for Rex Brothers and was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jordan Pacheco hit a sacrifice fly scoring Tulowitzski, retaking the lead for the Rockies at 9-8. DJ LaMahieu flied out to left to end the inning.
Adam Ottovino relieved Brothers in the top of the eighth. Daniel Murphy doubled to left to start the top half of the inning. David Wright struck out swinging, but Chris Young singled in the gap in left center scoring Murphy, retying the game 9-9. But Curtis Granderson struck out and Anthony Recker lined out to retire the side. Lefty reliever Scott Rice pitched a scoreless eighth for the Mets.
Veteran reliever Boone Logan struck Lucas Duda out looking to start the top of the ninth. Then Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins came in to get the save against his former team. Outfielder Bobby Abreu pinch-hit for Ruben Tejada and doubled in the gap in left center. Abreu was then pinch-run for by speedy outfielder Eric Young Jr. Infielder Josh Satin pinch-hit for Scott Rice and grounded out to third but advanced Young Jr. to third on the play. Juan Lagares then singled to right, scoring Young Jr. to give the Mets a 10-9 lead. Daniel Murphy followed with a single to left, moving Lagares to third. Murphy then stole second base without a throw. David Wright was intentionally walked to load the bases. Chris Young then lined out to right, leaving the bases loaded.
Young Jr. stayed in the game in left, replacing Chris Young and Omar Quintanilla replaced Tejada at shortstop. Kyle Farnsworth came in to get the save for New York. Troy Tulowitzski singled to left to start the bottom of ninth. Nolan Arenado then flied out to center but Tulowitzski advanced to second on the play. Charlie Culberson pinch-hit for LaTroy Hawkins and crushed a pitch from Farnsworth over the fence in centerfield to win the game for the Rockies 11-10.
Mets ace Dillon Gee faces off against the Rockies Jhoulys Chacin tomorrow afternoon.
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