Friday, May 2, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Rockies 10, Mets 3
By Adam Rubin
DENVER -- The New York Mets arrived in Colorado as the only team in the majors to have its starting pitcher log at least five innings in every outing. Two days later, they've now had back-to-back games with their starting pitcher failing to reach that threshold.
Zack Wheeler surrendered a career-high seven runs in four innings and the Mets lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-3 Friday night at Coors Field. It was the shortest outing of Wheeler’s career.
Wheeler’s line: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. His ERA swelled to 5.13.
The first five Rockies reached base in a four-run first inning -- with a walk and a swinging bunt by Wilin Rosario for a base hit contributing to the damage, along with Justin Morneau's RBI double.
Bartolo Colon had allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in the series opener.
After posting a 15-11 record in April, the Mets are now 0-2 in May.
Deep thoughts: Curtis Granderson produced a two-run homer against Jorge De La Rosa in the sixth inning that pulled the Mets within 7-3. It was Granderson’s second home run, and eighth and ninth RBIs of the season. His other long ball came April 5 against Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto.
Granderson went 75 at-bats between home runs -- the eighth-longest drought of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He last had a longer streak in 2010 -- 87 at-bats, in his first season with the Yankees.
Granderson also had an eighth-inning single to lift his batting average to .156. He has only one other two-hit game as a Met -- on April 3 against Washington.
Juan-derful: Juan Lagares had his second straight two-hit game since returning from the disabled list. Lagares followed up two doubles Thursday with a 2-for-5 performance that included one more double.
The end: Daniel Murphy’s streak of successful steal attempts ended at 28. In an ill-advised first-inning attempt that took the Mets out of a potential big inning, Murphy was caught by De La Rosa trying to take third base with none out and David Wright batting.
Murphy’s streak was the second longest in franchise history. Kevin McReynolds had 33 straight successful steal attempts from 1987 through '89.
What’s next: Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 3.49 ERA) opposes left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40) at 8:10 p.m. ET Saturday.