New York 5, Colorado 4


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ty Wigginton pumped his fist after sending a
pitch to deep left field. He knew it was gone the moment he hit it
-- sort of.

"I thought so, but I've been wrong in this park many times
before," Wigginton said with a smile. "That wouldn't have been
good if they caught that one."

The ball landed well over the wall and in the bullpen for a
go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the New York
Mets past the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Saturday night -- their third
late-inning comeback this week.

"Any time you hit a home run like that, you've got to feel good
about it," Mets manager Art Howe said. "I know I didn't do it
very often."

The Mets scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by
Kaz Matsui's fourth leadoff homer of the season, but fell behind
4-3 before coming back against Vladimir Nunez (3-2) in the eighth
to move one-game under .500 (21-22).

Jason Phillips drew a one-out walk and Joe McEwing came in to
pinch-run. After Nunez struck out Mike Cameron, the right-hander
threw Wigginton a 2-0 fastball right down the middle of the plate.

"I was sitting on that pitch from the beginning of the
at-bat," said Wigginton, who hit his fourth homer.

"It came back to the middle of the plate," Nunez said. "I
don't know what to do about it now. I wanted to hit the outside

The loss was the Rockies' fourth straight, tying a season high.
It was also the first time in eight games that Colorado lost when
they were leading through seven innings.

"There's all kinds of bruises and black marks on my scorecard,
and sometimes those things add up to a loss," Rockies manager
Clint Hurdle said.

David Weathers (4-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win, and
Braden Looper allowed a leadoff double in the ninth before
finishing for his seventh save in eight opportunities.

"That's what makes the game fun," Looper said. "One hit, now
we're winning and then I'm in the game."

Trailing 3-2, the Rockies took the lead on Jeromy Burnitz's
two-run triple in the fifth.

Royce Clayton hit a leadoff single and, one out later, Vinny
Castilla was hit in the back by a pitch from Tyler Yates. Burnitz
followed with a liner that got past a diving Phillips at first base
and rolled into the right-field corner.

Dan Wheeler came on in relief of Yates and struck out Brad Hawpe
before walking Charles Johnson to load the bases. Wheeler then
struck out pitcher Aaron Cook to get out of the jam.

"We all understand our jobs, regardless of when we come in,"
Wheeler said of the Mets' busy bullpen. "We want to keep the score
right where it is, especially if we're behind, and give the offense
a chance to come back. That worked out for us tonight."

Yates allowed four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings. He was
recalled after Friday night's game and started in place of Al
Leiter, who went on the disabled list Thursday because of left
shoulder tendinitis.

Cook allowed three runs and five hits in five innings in his
second start of the season, and helped himself with an RBI single.

Matsui got the Mets off to a quick start, hitting a 3-2 pitch
from Cook into the right-field bullpen. It was Matsui's fourth home
run of the season -- all leading off -- and tied the team record for
most leadoff homers in a season, set by Tommie Agee in 1969.

"He's after Rickey Henderson," Howe quipped. "He has a little
ways to go, though."

After Danny Garcia was hit by a pitch and Cliff Floyd walked,
Mike Piazza hit a hard grounder to second that hit off Luis
Gonzalez's glove and went into shallow right field, allowing Garcia
to score on the error.

Phillips singled one out later to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Johnson led off the third with his ninth home run, cutting the
deficit to 3-1.

Cook made it 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI single -- the fifth
RBI of his career.

The Rockies fell to 6-14 away from home, and are 0-7 in road

"You can focus wherever you want, but it's a team loss,"
Hurdle said. We aren't good enough to do the things we did tonight
and win."

Game notes
Burnitz had a scary moment in the second when he was hit in
the back of his helmet by a pitch from Yates. After staying on the
ground for a few moments, the former Met got up, went to first and
was caught trying to steal second a few pitches later. Burnitz was
OK and remained in the game. ... Mets 2B Jose Reyes, sidelined
since March with a strained right hamstring, played seven innings
in a rehab game at St. Lucie and went 3-for-5 with an RBI, a run
scored and a stolen base. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton sat out for
the second straight game because of a sore back.