DENVER -- The Mets had been the only team in the majors to have their starting pitcher complete five innings in every outing this season. That came to an end Thursday, as Bartolo Colon had an unsightly outing for the second time this season.
This time, the Colorado Rockies tagged Colon for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings en route to a 7-4 series-opening win against the Mets at Coors Field.
Travis d'Arnaud produced a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth.
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The Mets had mustered only four hits through eight innings despite Terry Collins juggling the batting order, including installing Lucas Duda as the cleanup hitter.
Juan Lagares’ two-out RBI double in the eighth in his return from the disabled list ensured the Mets would avoid the second shutout at Coors Field in team history. The lone instance remains May 9, 2001, when Mike Hampton did the honors in his first season after deciding Denver-area schools were more attractive.
The Mets did not leave Philadelphia until after midnight ET and did not get to their hotel until after 3 a.m. MT Thursday despite Wednesday’s game being called in the early afternoon.
Colon’s line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. His ERA swelled to 5.65.
Opposing pitcher Juan Nicasio drove in three of the runs. He had a two-out, two-run single into the right-field corner in the second inning as the Rockies grabbed a 3-0 lead. Nicasio added a sacrifice fly during a three-run fourth. He became the first pitcher to produce three RBIs against the Mets since Washington’s Tommy Milone on Sept. 3, 2011.
Colon had surrendered nine runs in five innings at Anaheim on April 13.
Nicasio contributed seven scoreless innings. He dominated the Mets at hitter-friendly Coors Field despite entering the game with a 5.27 ERA.
At one point, Nicasio retired 12 straight batters, until pinch hitter Eric Young Jr.’s one-out walk in the sixth. The Mets went without a hit from Chris Young's one-out single in the second until Duda's one-out single in the seventh.
Lagares had two of the Mets’ seven hits in his first game since April 14.
Car-Gone: Carlos Gonzalez, who opened the scoring with a first-inning solo homer against Colon, departed the game in the fourth for a pinch hitter. The Rockies announced Gonzalez had a bruised left index finger and is day-to-day.