Rapid Reaction: Rockies 18, Mets 9

April, 28, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Ugggh!

The Mets matched franchise records by surrendering 11 runs and committing four errors in a debacle of a fifth inning as the good feelings of a three-game home sweep of the Marlins dissipated in Denver's thin air.

The Rockies turned a four-run deficit into a seven-run lead while facing Chris Schwinden and Manny Acosta in the disastrous frame. The Mets ultimately lost 18-9 on Friday night at Coors Field.

The Mets committed six errors overall, one shy of matching the franchise record -- seven against Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, 1996.

The 18 runs allowed were the most since an 18-6 loss to San Diego on May 31, 2010.

Scott Hairston did hit for the 10th cycle in franchise history in the loss. The other cyclists:

Jose Reyes (June 21, 2006 vs. Cincinnati);
Eric Valent (July 29, 2004 at Montreal);
John Olerud (Sept. 11, 1997 vs. Montreal);
Alex Ochoa (July 3, 1996 at Philadelphia);
Kevin McReynolds (Aug. 1, 1989 at St. Louis);
Keith Hernandez (July 4, 1985 at Atlanta);
Mike Phillips (June 25, 1976 at Chicago);
Tommie Agee (July 6, 1970 vs. St. Louis);
Jim Hickman (Aug. 7, 1963 vs. St. Louis).

Schwinden, who had picked up his first pro RBI in a four-run top of the fifth, opened the bottom half with a throwing error. Zach Lutz, who had his first major league hit that previous half-inning, committed an error, too. Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas also had errors as a 6-2 lead turned into a 13-6 deficit.

The final tally for the bottom of the fifth: 11 runs, 10 earned runs, seven hits, four errors, two Terry Collins arguments with umpires, three-run homers by Carlos Gonzalez (off Schwinden) and Dexter Fowler (off Acosta), three walks and a hit by pitch among the 15 Rockies batters.

The other times the Mets allowed 11 runs in an inning: at Atlanta on April 7, 2004; at San Diego on April 1, 1997; vs. Houston on July 30, 1969; and at St. Louis on July 18, 1964.

The other times the Mets committed four errors in an inning: vs. St. Louis on April 4, 1996; vs. San Diego on May 1, 1991; and at Chicago on June 9, 1987.

Hairston's and Tejada's four hits apiece set/matched career highs.

Schwinden was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk in four-plus innings.

How strange was the game? Josh Thole was charged with catcher's interference in the seventh inning -- on a pitchout.

WHAT'S NEXT: Collins said pregame that this was not intended to be one start and done for Schwinden in Mike Pelfrey's vacated rotation spot.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 70
RD. Murphy 71
OPSL. Duda .834
ERAJ. Niese 3.47
SOZ. Wheeler 148