Saturday, April 28, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Rockies 5
By Adam Rubin
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WHAT IT MEANS: A night after surrendering 18 runs and committing six errors, the Mets bounced back.
Lucas Duda homered and matched a career high with four RBIs and David Wright went 3-for-4, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the Mets beat the Rockies, 7-5, Saturday night at Coors Field.
Duda's two-run homer in the second inning, against right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, was the right fielder's first long ball since April 14 against Vance Worley in Philadelphia. Duda then delivered a two-run single in the fifth to give the Mets a 6-4 lead.
Duda also had produced four RBIs on June 25 of last season at Texas.
Ruben Tejada had another three hits, giving him seven in two games of the series. Daniel Murphy, who is due to get his first day off of the season during the upcoming Houston series, also had three hits Saturday.
One of the few downsides: Josh Thole lost a 10-game hitting streak and failed to reach base for the first time in 19 games with a plate appearance this season. The latter streak is the longest by a catcher to start a season in franchise history.
IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY: Pitching on his 26th birthday, Dillon Gee allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in a desperately needed seven innings after Friday's debacle. Gee threw a career-high 116 pitches. He retired the final seven Rockies he faced while evening his record at 2-2.
Gee's previous high pitch count had been 108 -- done twice, including last season against the Yankees, when he also allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings.
Gee had trailed 4-3 after surrendering an RBI single to the opposing pitcher Moscoso in the fourth. It was the first hit of Moscoso's professional career -- in the majors or minors.
Tim Byrdak tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. Frank Francisco notched his fifth save despite surrendering a two-out solo homer in the ninth to Dexter Fowler, then a triple by Tyler Colvin that brought Jason Giambi to the plate as the tying run. Giambi lined out to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center field to end the game.
WHAT'S NEXT: Johan Santana opposes 49-year-old Jamie Moyer in Sunday's 3:10 p.m. ET rubber game. Santana will pitch on standard rest for the first time this season. He also will pitch at Coors Field for the first time in his career. The Mets have yet to score for Santana while he has been on the mound in any of his four starts.