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Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 2, 2014
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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom has allowed only two runs in 27 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
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FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom bids to win his fifth straight start when he opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

DeGrom, the reigning National League co-Player of the Week, has a 0.66 ERA over his past four starts. Peavy (1-10, 4.71 ERA) makes his second appearance for San Francisco since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

The Mets (52-57) enter the game trailing the first-place Washington Nationals by seven games and now trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates by six games for the second wild-card spot.

Saturday’s news reports:

Ryan Vogelsong took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when Juan Lagares produced a leadoff single, and ultimately tossed a complete game as the wild-card-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 5-1, in the opener of a four-game series. The Mets mustered two hits on Friday. The second hit was a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the eighth.

Duda became the 12th first baseman in franchise history to reach the 20-homer plateau. He joined: Carlos Delgado (three times), John Olerud (twice), John Milner (twice), Dave Kingman (twice), Donn Clendenon, Eddie Murray, Rico Brogna, Todd Zeile, Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza and Ike Davis.

Duda drove in a run for the seventh straight game, matching David Wright for the longest such streak this season.

Jonathon Niese, hurt by his own error, allowed five runs (three earned), but got “lengthened out” by logging eight-plus innings.

Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Matt Harvey threw 15 pitches off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey suggested his goal is to pitch for the Mets in the postseason, although that obviously is a long shot for a couple of reasons.

Sandy Alderson indicated Harvey is likely to pitch in the low-intensity fall instructional league in Florida that spans late September and early October and then potentially make one appearance in the Arizona Fall League before shutting things down for the winter.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard tossed six scoreless innings, but El Paso beat Las Vegas, 4-3, in 10 innings. Dilson Herrera had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch as Binghamton posted a 9-8 walk-off win against Bowie. Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs in four innings in St. Lucie’s 8-3 win against Clearwater as he further works back from Tommy John surgery. Andrew Church pitched a seven-inning shutout in Game 1 as Kingsport split a doubleheader with Elizabethton. Amed Rosario’s ninth-inning RBI single lifted Brooklyn to a 4-3 win against Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post questions Mets ownership. Writes Brooks:

But, colleague Joel Sherman’s report last week that the Mets had informed Colorado management they want to be invited to the party when and if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez go on the market aside, it remains to be seen whether the Wilpons actually will put their money where management’s mouth is this winter.

It is all but impossible to trust this ownership will cash the checks its front office writes, to mix a particular Metaphor. And when an ownership loses the trust of its fan base the way this Wilpon operation has here, both pre- and post-Madoff, you get a half-empty ballpark more than half the time and you get well-earned eye-rolls on another idle deadline day.

• Fred Kerber in the Post speaks with the Mets scouts who saw deGrom at Stetson. “He has a little too much length especially for a shortstop,” Steve Barningham, the organization’s Southeast scouting regional supervisor, told Kerber. “We saw him as a freshman and sophomore play shortstop, and we liked the athlete, the body type. We like conversion guys because of the athleticism.”

• Wright and Terry Collins weighed in Friday on the Mets’ inactivity at the non-waiver trade deadline. Read more in Newsday.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles the Double-A infielder Herrera, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade last August.

• The Giants officially designated for assignment Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin on Friday and promoted infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker.

• Read a feature on Giants infielder Joe Panik, a St. John’s product and New York State native, in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw on flat ground Friday and reported no issue with his balky right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list last week.

• Arguments were heard Wednesday in State Supreme Court regarding an action brought by opponents of a mall slated to be built next to Citi Field, in the parking lot where Shea Stadium once stood. Read details in the Queens-based TimesLedger.

• Tim Teufel hosted a charity golf tournament Thursday, with players including Dillon Gee, Niese and Harvey participating. Read details in Greenwich Time.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear figures the Mets and Giants played so quickly Friday because they feared Sharknado's return to Citi Field.

BIRTHDAYS: Mr. Koo turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think Matt Harvey will pitch for the Mets this year?

Series preview: Mets at Giants

June, 6, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face Matt Cain, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum this weekend in San Francisco.
METS (28-32, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (39-21, first place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.69) vs. RHP Matt Cain (1-3, 3.66), 10:15 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75), 10:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01), 4:05 p.m. ET

Giants short hops

• Three-time All-Star Matt Cain will be activated from the disabled list to face the Mets. He departed a May 21 start after three scoreless innings with a strained right hamstring. Former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit, who was traded to the Miami Marlins to acquire Carlos Delgado on the eve of Thanksgiving in 2005, had stepped into the rotation in Cain’s absence. Petit has returned to the bullpen.

• In the same May 21 game against the Colorado Rockies that Cain became injured, reliever Santiago Casilla also strained his right hamstring. His remains on the disabled list and is at least two weeks away from being activated.

• After nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, 38-year-old Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with San Francisco during the offseason. Hudson’s 1.75 ERA ranks second in the majors, trailing only Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (1.68). Hudson has tossed seven scoreless innings in each of his past two starts.


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesEx-Met Angel Pagan is hitting .321 this season.


Sergio Romo’s 18 saves are tied with San Diego’s Huston Street for the major league lead. Romo has converted 90 percent (18-for-20).

• Right fielder Hunter Pence (.290, 8 HR) signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Giants on Sept. 29. Pence has started 232 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors.

• San Francisco has won 11 of its past 14 games to move a season-high 18 games over .500. The Giants’ 39-21 record is the best in the majors. They play 20 of their next 25 games at AT&T Park.

• The Giants have scored an MLB-best 47 runs in the first inning.

Tim Lincecum, who appeared last season like he may be headed elsewhere, re-signed with the Giants for two years, $35 million on Oct. 23. Linecum allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings at Cincinnati in his last start as his ERA swelled to 5.01. He left his previous start with a blister on his right middle finger after tossing five no-hit innings against the Cubs, albeit with four walks and 96 pitches thrown. Lincecum turns 30 on June 15.

• Reliever Jean Machi has a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak, trailing only Atlanta’s David Hale (22 2/3) on the active leaderboard. Miami’s Henderson Alvarez ranks third at 21 innings.

• Outfielder Tyler Colvin was promoted from Triple-A Fresno on May 10 after first baseman Brandon Belt suffered a broken left thumb. Belt is scheduled to get two pins removed on Friday. The fracture occurred when he was struck by a fastball from Paul Maholm.

Belt’s injury prompted Michael Morse to move from left field to first base. Morse is 14-for-his-last-36 (.389), with 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs during that span. He signed with the Giants on Dec. 12 for one year at $6 million.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford had been 4-for-his-last-32 before producing a three-run homer in the fourth inning Thursday afternoon against Cincinnati’s Mike Leake.

• With Marco Scutaro having missed the season’s first 60 games with a lower-back strain, Brandon Hicks has emerged as the regular second baseman. Brandon Hicks? Yes, the same player who looked challenged defensively in spring training with the Mets in 2013 and went on to hit .283 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs in 318 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. Hicks is in the midst of a 4-for-37 slump over his past 13 games that has dropped his average to .182, albeit with a .303 on-base percentage. Scutaro recently received platelet-rich plasma therapy.

• Ex-Met Angel Pagan is hitting .321 and has a .370 on-base percentage as San Francisco’s leadoff hitter and center fielder.

Buster Posey, whose gruesome left leg fracture in 2011 prompted MLB to institute the new blocking-the-plate rule, is 11-for-his-last-63. He has missed five games since May 20 with lower-back tightness related to a nerve issue. Posey has started 40 games at catcher and nine games at first base this season.

Madison Bumgarner, whom the Mets do not face, is the reigning NL Pitcher of the Month. He was the first Giant to win the award since Lincecum in June 2009. Bumgarner went 5-0 with a 2.08 and MLB-best 48 strikeouts in six starts in May.

Minors 4.14.13: Havens gives 51s walk-off W

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LAS VEGAS 5, COLORADO SPRINGS 4 (11 innings): Reese Havens' single to center

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scored Juan Lagares for the walk-off win. In his third start with the 51s, Zack Wheeler surrendered three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. He surrendered a solo homer to Tyler Colvin. The ex-Cub Colvin also homered in the eighth against Greg Peavey to even the score at 4. Havens, who was removed from the 40-man roster at the end of spring training and cleared waivers, is hitting .333. Lagares, who scored the decisive run, had homered in the seventh against Josh Outman to give Las Vegas a 4-3 lead. Jamie Hoffmann contributed a three-run homer in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: Cory Vaughn belted a three-run homer and Blake Forsythe contributed a solo shot in the victory. Binghamton got the offense started right away against right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx. With the bases loaded in the bottom of

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the first, Allan Dykstra produced a sacrifice fly, scoring Darrell Ceciliani. Forsythe's homer in the second made it 2-0. New Hampshire answered in the third with an RBI single by Kevin Pillar. In the bottom half, Vaughn’s three-run blast put the B-Mets up 5-1. Both teams picked up single runs in the fifth. Brad Glenn hit a solo homer for New Hampshire. Cesar Puello got the run back with an RBI single. Rafael Montero finished his day after five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six. Mark Cohoon tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth. After giving up one run on two doubles, Jack Leathersich entered. He retired the side without any further damage. In the ninth, Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless frame to record his second save. Vaughn’s three-run homer was the first B-Mets homer of the season with a runner on base. He finished the series with seven RBIs. Montero has struck out 21 and walked one in his three starts. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, BRADENTON 2: Brian Harrison and Charley Thurber each went 3-for-4. Harrison had a two-run homer in the eighth. Starter Angel Cuan (2-0) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings. Jim Fuller and Hamilton Bennett each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

ROME 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah starter Rainy Lara was perfect through four innings, but gave up a single to lead off the fifth. In the sixth, with the Gnats leading 1-0, he allowed a leadoff single. Then, Lara's own throwing error on a subsequent bunt play put runners at the corners with no outs. Lara then walked Jose Peraza to load the bases. An out later, Josh Elander stroked a single to center to drive in two. The Gnats scored their only run in the third, on an RBI fielder's choice by Eudy Pina. The bottom three spots in the Gnats' lineup combined for six of the team's eight hits. No. 7 hitter Cole Frenzel went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. No. 8 Phillip Evans went 3-for-4. Pina, batting ninth, was 1-for-4. Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-4 to lift his season batting average to .405 (15-for-37). Box

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Rapid Reaction: Rockies 1, Mets 0

August, 23, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Collin McHugh tossed seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, but Jordany Valdespin's subsequent misplay in center field proved costly as the Mets lost to Colorado, 1-0, Thursday afternoon.

The Rockies completed a four-game sweep at Citi Field for the second straight season and dropped the Mets 11 games under .500 for the first time since the 2009 season.

The Mets (57-68) tumbled into fourth place for the first time since June 6 -- a half-game behind Philadelphia, which plays tonight against Cincinnati. They are only a half-game ahead of NL East cellar-dweller Miami, which is idle today.

In a scoreless game in the eighth, Tyler Colvin sent a routine line drive to center field off Bobby Parnell. An inexperienced outfielder, Valdespin initially broke in on the ball, and it landed over his head, officially for a triple. Chris Nelson followed with an RBI single.

Valdespin was making his fifth career major league start in center field. He has appeared in 23 professional games at the position, all this year, between the majors and Triple-A Buffalo.

McHugh, an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College near Rome, Ga., limited the Rockies to two hits and a walk -- which was semi-intentional to Carlos Gonzalez -- while striking out nine in a 100-pitch effort.

McHugh surrendered a game-opening opposite-field double to Charlie Blackmon, but stranded him at third base by striking out Jordan Pacheco looking at a 91 mph fastball and Gonzalez swinging at a 92 mph fastball to end the top of the first.

The nine strikeouts were the second most in franchise history in a major league debut, trailing only Matt Harvey's 11 in Arizona on July 26.

McHugh became only the third pitcher in franchise history to toss seven-plus scoreless innings in his major league debut. The others: Dick Rusteck (nine scoreless vs. Cincinnati in 1966) and Masato Yoshii (seven scoreless vs. Pittsburgh in 1998).

BLANK SLATE: Tyler Chatwood, Brooklyn-native Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers, Will Harris and Matt Belisle combined to blank the Mets. The Mets went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.

WHAT'S NEXT: The lowly Astros visit Citi Field this weekend. Jon Niese (10-6, 3.82 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Lyles (2-10, 5.70) in Friday's series opener, on Merengue Night at Citi Field.

Rapid Reaction: Rockies 3, Mets 1

August, 20, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: R.A. Dickey’s pursuit of 20 wins got a little more challenging. Dickey surrendered a game-tying solo homer to Tyler Colvin in the fifth on an 0-2 knuckleball and settled for a no-decision to remain at 15 wins.

The Mets ultimately lost to the lowly Rockies, 3-1, Monday night before an announced crowd of 23,833 at Citi Field. The Amazin's again dropped to a season-worst eight games under .500. With its victory, Philadelphia has caught the Mets for a third-place tie in the division.

In a tie ballgame in the eighth, Josh Edgin errantly shoveled the ball to first base on Jonathan Herrera’s bunt, sending it into foul territory down the line and allowing Herrera to advance to second base for a single and error. After Herrera was bunted to third, Kelly Shoppach -- who had entered as a pinch hitter for Josh Thole the previous half-inning -- committed his first passed ball as a Met. Herrera scored the go-ahead run.

A half-inning later, the Mets loaded the bases with two out, and right-hander Matt Belisle entered to face Scott Hairston. Terry Collins countered by using lefty-hitting Jordany Valdespin as a pinch hitter. Valdespin sent a grounder to first base, and was beaten to the bag by the slimmest of margins after sliding headfirst. Valdespin got in first-base ump Adrian Johnson's face after the inning-ending call, but replays suggested the ruling appeared correct. Valdespin dropped to 9-for-his-last-56 (.161). It was Johnson's incorrect foul call on Carlos Beltran's shot down the third-base line allowed Johan Santana's no-hitter to materialize.

Jon Rauch surrendered a run in the ninth -- only his second in his past 22 appearances -- to give Colorado a two-run cushion.

The Mets had staked Dickey to a 1-0 lead in the first when David Wright, who had doubled, scored on Daniel Murphy’s single against Rockies starter Alex White. But the Mets offered no other support and Dickey departed for pinch hitter Justin Turner in the seventh with the score tied.

Dickey’s line: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

Dickey gets his next crack at win No. 16 Saturday when he faces the Houston Astros. He is staying on an every-five-games schedule as the lone starting pitcher exempted from the six-man rotation.

“I think it gave him two more starts at the end of the season,” Terry Collins said regarding Dickey pitching every fifth game rather than every sixth like his fellow starting pitchers. “It’s basically designed for, ‘Hey look, this guy has earned the right to achieve anything he can at the end of the season.’ He’s earned that. He’s earned that respect. And I hope he wins his next four starts, or five starts. Because I think if he does, and at the end of the year he’s got 22 wins -- he’s 22-4 -- those are pretty good numbers.

“The thing we’re going to be careful of is if it gets toward the last couple of weeks and we think that he’s getting pretty fatigued himself -- because we want him back, too -- we’ll look at giving him some extra time.”

WEB GEMS: The Mets had a series of highlight-reel fielding plays in the middle innings. Wright handled Wilin Rosario’s absolute smash to third base in the fifth. After Colvin’s solo homer evened the score at 1, Ruben Tejada then made a tough barehanded play on D.J. LeMahieu’s grounder and threw to first base in time. An inning later, Mike Baxter made a sliding catch in shallow right field to snare Guillermo Moscoso’s flare.

WHAT’S NEXT: Chris Young (3-6, 4.50 ERA) opposes Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (0-3, 7.30) in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. game.

Series preview: Mets vs. Rockies

August, 20, 2012
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Rockies players (l to r) Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton are all on the disabled list, leaving Colorado a skeleton crew.
METS (57-64, third place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (46-73, fifth place/NL West)

Monday: RHP R.A. Dickey (15-4, 2.89) vs. RHP Alex White (2-6, 5.74), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Chris Young (3-6, 4.50) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-3, 7.30), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 3.00) vs. LHP Jeff Francis (4-4, 6.07), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Johan Santana (6-9, 4.85) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 5.46), 1:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• Right fielder Michael Cuddyer landed back on the disabled list with a right oblique strain and could be lost for the season. He had missed two weeks, then returned for three games. Cuddyer (.260, 16 HR, 58 RBIs) signed a three-year, $31.5 million deal in December.

Also sidelined:

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki underwent surgery to repair a strained left groin on June 21. Tulowitzki originally suffered the injury running out of the batter’s box on May 30. He is due to be with the Rockies in New York, but inactive. He ran the bases Saturday, but is not due to begin a rehab assignment until next week.

First baseman Todd Helton underwent season-ending surgery on Aug. 10 to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.

Jason Giambi has been out since July 20 with a viral infection. He has started taking batting practice and fielding grounders, but is not expected back until the end of the month.

Tyler Colvin and Jordan Pacheco have shared first base with Helton out, while Pacheco otherwise teams with Chris Nelson to man third base.

Josh Rutledge, who made his major league debut July 13, is the shortstop minus Tulowitzki. But Rutledge suffered his own injury Sunday, leaving the game in the fourth inning after tweaking a previously strained left quadriceps. Presuming he’s healthy, Rutledge should move to second base once Tulowitzki returns.

Eric Young, who is hitting .426 in 13 games since Aug. 6 and showing uncharacteristic power in addition to his customary speed, and Colvin have subbed for Cuddyer in right field. But Young, too, was forced from Sunday’s game after straining a rib-cage muscle. Young predicted his absence would be limited to a “game or two.”


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Jhoulys Chacin returns from a pec muscle injury that sidelined him since May.


Nelson returned Aug. 6 from a DL trip for an irregular heartbeat. Pacheco ranks among the leaders in NL rookie offensive categories, including average at .312, although his 339 plate appearances are narrowly shy of qualifying.

• Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will make his first major league appearance since straining a pectoral muscle. He landed on the DL after a May 1 start. He will be on roughly a 75-pitch limit. He tossed 91 pitches over seven innings Thursday with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Rockies have employed a four-man rotation with pitch counts in the 70s under manager Jim Tracy, so Chacin could alternate starts with Drew Pomeranz going forward to keep the rookie Pomeranz’s innings in check. The four-man rotation began out of necessity in Philly in mid-June due to a lack of quality arms after Jeremy Guthrie’s struggles got him bounced from the rotation to the bullpen. Three bullpen arms piggyback the starters to handle middle innings.

• Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was placed on bereavement leave and traveled to Venezuela on Saturday to mourn the death of his grandfather. He likely will return Tuesday, but is eligible to miss as much as a full week.

Tyler Chatwood, acquired from the Angels on Nov. 30 for Chris Iannetta, has a 3.93 ERA in four starts since returning from a one-month stint in the minors. Standing a modest 5-foot-11, the 22-year-old Chatwood doesn’t throw downhill. So his 95 mph fastball needs location; otherwise it can be flat and hittable.

• The Rockies traded Marco Scutaro to San Francisco for infielder Charlie Culberson on July 27. D.J. LeMahieu, acquired from the Cubs last offseason with Colvin for Ian Stewart, has taken over at second base.

• The Mets seriously discussed acquiring catcher Ramon Hernandez from the Rockies before the July 31 trade deadline, but ultimately obtained Kelly Shoppach this month. Rookie catcher Wilin Rosario now handles the bulk of the duty for Colorado. Rosario is six homers shy of matching the Rockies’ rookie record, established by Helton with 25 in 1998. His defensive skills do not match his plate prowess.

Alex White will make his fifth start since being recalled from the minors on Aug. 2. His return coincided with Jonathan Sanchez suffering from left biceps tendinitis.

• Left-hander Jeff Francis’ Aug. 13 win gave him 59 victories as a Rockie, passing Jason Jennings for second on the franchise’s all-time list. The leader: Aaron Cook, with 72 wins.

• Reliever Adam Ottavino is a local product. He graduated from Berkeley Carroll High School in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and has trained during the winter at the same Garden City, L.I., facility as several local Mets players the past few years, including now-departed Jose Reyes and Pedro Beato.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Coors Field, April 27-29 (AP game recaps)

Rockies 18, Mets 9: Carlos Gonzalez was at the center of an 11-run fifth inning, hitting a homer and a single for five of his six RBIs, and the Rockies overcame Scott Hairston's cycle. Ramon Hernandez hit his sixth career grand slam -- the first for the Rockies this season -- and Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler also homered for Colorado, which set a season high for runs. Hairston became the 10th player in team history and first in the majors this season to hit for the cycle. He drove in four runs, but it wasn't enough on a night when pitching was an afterthought. More

Mets 7, Rockies 5: Dillon Gee shook off the rough patch in an otherwise strong outing and Lucas Duda backed him with a homer and single to drive in four runs. Gee allowed four runs in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two, and seemed to be at his best late in his outing, retiring nine of the last 10 batters he faced. More

Mets 6, Rockies 5 (11 innings): Ike Davis singled in the go-ahead run off reliever Matt Belisle in the 11th inning and the Mets overcame two tying homers allowed by their bullpen. Johan Santana, looking for his first win since September 2010, left with a 4-0 lead after six innings but Tim Byrdak gave up pinch-hitter Todd Helton's grand slam in the eighth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis put the Mets ahead again with an RBI double in the 10th before Frank Francisco served up Carlos Gonzalez's solo homer in the bottom half. David Wright started the 11th with a single off Belisle (1-2) and went to third on Lucas Duda's single. After Scott Hairston hit into a fielder's choice, Davis' sharp grounder finally rescued the Mets. More

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Rockies 5

April, 28, 2012
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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.

Series preview: Mets at Rockies

April, 27, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Drew Pomeranz, ageless Jamie Moyer and Jeremy Guthrie this weekend at Coors Field.
METS (11-8, third place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (9-9, third place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05 at Triple-A Buffalo) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 6.75), 8:40 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-2, 5.21) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.92), 8:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 3.00) vs. LHP Jamie Moyer (1-2, 2.28), 3:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• With an April 17 victory against the San Diego Padres, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game, at 49 years, 151 days. The victory, the 268th of his career, tied Jim Palmer for 34th all time. Next up: Mike Mussina and Burleigh Grimes at 270. Moyer actually has been Colorado’s best starting pitcher so far this season, despite the 1-2 record. He is the only Rockie to complete at least five innings in each of his starts. He received a no-decision in his last start despite limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to one run in six innings at PNC Park. Moyer missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, which he only intended to have in order to throw batting practice to his children. But he felt so good while rehabbing, he opted to make a comeback. Moyer needs two strikeouts to match Luis Tiant for 36th all time, with 2,416.

• Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez produced his first two homers of the season Tuesday at Pittsburgh, off Kevin Correia and Tony Watson. Gonzalez had been weakened by a battle with strep throat that caused him to miss three games. He is just starting to regain his strength.


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Marco Scutaro has needed to readjust to second base after primarily playing shortstop with the Red Sox in recent seasons.


• The Dec. 16 signing of former Minnesota Twin Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5 million contract marked the first time the organization had opened the purse strings for a major free-agent acquisition since 2000. That year, Colorado signed Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle. (The Hampton signing gave the Mets the compensatory draft pick they used to select David Wright 38th overall in June ’01). Cuddyer, who grew up with Wright in Norfolk, Va., has been the Rockies’ most productive hitter so far with a .303 average, two homers and 11 RBIs in 66 at-bats. A first-time All-Star last season in the American League, Cuddyer has taken over the right-field role held by Seth Smith and Ryan Spilborghs in 2011.

• The Rockies acquired Marco Scutaro from the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 21 for right-hander Clayton Mortensen. Scutaro started 102 games at shortstop and two games at second base last season, but is being asked to play the latter position with the Rockies. He initially looked shaky, but has progressed since the start of the season.

• Two-time reigning Gold Glove winner Troy Tulowitzki already has matched last season’s error total with six. On a wet day, he airmailed two throws for errors. Three days later, Tulowitzki then had a second two-error day. Teammate Jason Giambi played fielding highlights for Tulowitzki to try to settle the Rockies’ shaken shortstop. The six errors are one shy of Starlin Castro’s NL-leading total with the Chicago Cubs. Tulowitzki has this to fall back on: He is a lifetime .328 hitter with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 116 at-bats against the Mets.

• The Rockies are targeting 110 starts for 38-year-old Todd Helton at first base this season. Helton does not play day games after starting night games. Giambi is the primary alternative. Helton’s 1,318 RBIs are the most in Rockies franchise history. He and Wright are the only two active players who lead their organizations in most runs driven in. Helton and R.A. Dickey were baseball teammates at the University of Tennessee.

• Closer Rafael Betancourt is 6-for-6 in save conversions. Matt Belisle (1.23 ERA) is now the primary setup man. Rex Brothers (4.05 ERA) began the season in that role, but is now more likely to handle the seventh.

• Left-hander Drew Pomeranz was the centerpiece prospect returned in last July’s trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians. The 23-year-old southpaw was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, out of the University of Mississippi. The Mets then selected Matt Harvey seventh overall. With the Rockies not needing a fifth starter the first time through the rotation, Pomeranz began the season with a start with Double-A Tulsa to keep his innings count in check. Friday’s outing will mark his seventh career major league start.

Jeremy Guthrie was acquired at the start of spring training from the Baltimore Orioles for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.

• With center fielder Dexter Fowler struggling (.222), lefty-hitting Tyler Colvin has chipped away at some of his playing time. Colvin was acquired from the Cubs with infielder D.J. LeMahieu on Dec. 8 for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers.

• Right-hander Juan Nicasio, whom the Mets will not face, is an inspirational story. He is coming back from a broken neck, which he suffered on a line drive off the bat of Washington’s Ian Desmond last Aug. 5.

• Defensive-oriented third baseman Chris Nelson is hitting .224.

Jorge De La Rosa, returning from Tommy John surgery, is due to pitch in an extended spring training game Friday.

Matchups

Schwinden vs. Rockies (career: never faced)

Gee vs. Rockies (career: never faced)

Santana vs. Rockies (career: 2-0, 0.00 ERA)
Troy Tulowitzki .429, 2 K, 7 PA
Todd Helton .333, 3 PA
Marco Scutaro .250, 1 RBI, 3 K, 12 PA
Carlos Gonzalez .250, 1 K, 4 PA
Jason Giambi .227, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K, 23 PA
Dexter Fowler .200, 2 BB, 3 K, 7 PA
Ramon Hernandez .190, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 22 PA
Michael Cuddyer .000, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 PA

Pomeranz vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Guthrie vs. Mets (career: 0-2, 4.73 ERA)
David Wright .500, 2 RBI, 1 K, 6 PA
Scott Hairston .333, 3 PA
Ike Davis .333, 2 K, 3 PA
Daniel Murphy .000, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 1 K, 3 PA

Moyer vs. Mets (career: 10-6, 3.94 ERA)
Daniel Murphy .500, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 6 PA
David Wright .415, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 56 PA
Scott Hairston .000, 2 BB, 11 PA
Ike Davis .000, 1 BB, 3 PA

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Coors Field, May 9-12, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Rockies 2, Mets 1: Chris Capuano was stellar on the mound and shoddy at the plate. Capuano (2-4) made one key mistake in 6 2/3 strong innings, hanging an 81 mph slider to Chris Iannetta, who broke a tie in the seventh inning with a low liner that just cleared the left-field fence. The pitcher's performance at the plate, though, left something to be desired. He struck out three times, including once with the bases loaded in the sixth. That's simply the way the night went for the Mets, who left 10 runners on base and dropped to 0-5 against Colorado this season including a four-game sweep at Citi Field last month. Once again, they struggled to come up with the timely hit. New York is 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position over the last two games.

Mets 4, Rockies 3: Mike Pelfrey hit a tiebreaking, two-run double and limited the Rockies to three solo homers. Ike Davis left in the fifth inning after he strained his left calf when he appeared to trip over third baseman David Wright's foot as the two closed in on a pop up by the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki. Wright hung on to the ball near the mound for the second out of the fourth inning as Davis tumbled to the ground. Davis bounced up quickly but was limping noticeably. He remained in the game for the final out of the inning, then was replaced. The Mets had lost all five of their games to the Rockies this season but finally put together a couple of rallies against their new nemesis to counter home runs by Troy Tulowitzki, Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez. Despite the trio of long balls he served up, Pelfrey (3-3) allowed six hits over 6 2/3 innings and improved to 6-2 lifetime against the Rockies, who have lost seven of nine but remain atop the NL West. Pelfrey's outing was cut short by a nearly hour-long rain delay in the seventh inning.

Mets 9, Rockies 5: Carlos Beltran hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to help the Mets beat Ubaldo Jimenez in a game delayed more than two hours by rain. Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and reached all parts of the ballpark with his three two-run homers: straightaway center in the first, deep left in the seventh and into the right-field seats in the ninth. The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Mets player to hit three in a game, and first since Jose Reyes on Aug. 15, 2006, at Philadelphia. Reyes hit a two-run single in the fourth that chased Jimenez (0-3) and kept the Rockies' ace searching for his elusive first win of the season. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his shortest stint of the season, surrendering five runs and three hits while walking six. Relying on his curveball, Jon Niese (2-4) was solid for 6 1/3 innings while allowing solo homers to Jonathan Herrera and Todd Helton.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .820
WB. Colon 13
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173