Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 5/21)

Game 1: Friday, May 21
NY Mets9
Game 2: Saturday, May 22
NY Mets5
Game 3: Sunday, May 23
NY Mets4

Rockies 7

(17-24, 6-13 away)

Mets 9

(20-22, 10-10 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 21, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    COL 012020002 7 11 0
    NYM 21310002 - 9 14 0

    W: M. Ginter (1-0)

    L: J. Young (0-1)

    Mets total nine doubles in attack

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets manager Art Howe called for a hit-and-run just two batters into the game, setting the tone for a busy night on the basepaths for New York.

    Danny Garcia sliced the first of the Mets' nine doubles down the left-field line to score Kaz Matsui from first, and New York went on for a 9-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

    "I'd rather sit back in a rocking chair and watch a wire-to-wire win," Howe said. "But this was fun. We were both mixing and matching tonight."

    Mike Piazza homered, Garcia and Jason Phillips each had two doubles and two RBI, and Matt Ginter (1-0) got his first win as a starter, helping the Mets rebound from two bad offensive performances in losses to St. Louis.

    On a humid and hazy night, the Mets knocked around rookie Jason Young (0-1) as if they were playing in thin Colorado air, getting six runs in the first three innings on eight hits, including a home run and five doubles.

    Young strained his right ribcage during warmups but didn't inform the coaches because he said it had flared up before. He then allowed six runs.

    "That placed us in a hole we couldn't climb out of," Rockies manger Clint Hurdle said.

    Hurdle noticed a dropoff in Young's velocity in the second inning but never asked if the pitcher was OK. Young doesn't know if he'll be able to make his next scheduled start.

    New York scored in each of the first four innings, had 14 hits and walked seven times in its best offensive display since scoring nine times in a win at Los Angeles on April 27.

    Garcia had RBI doubles in the first two innings, scoring on a wild pitch in the first.

    Piazza led off a three-run third with his ninth homer, Ginter got his first big league RBI and Matsui doubled in a run.

    In the fourth, reliever Allan Simpson fared no better against a Mets lineup that scored five runs only once in the previous five games, allowing a run on two doubles. He left after loading the bases with one out in the fifth.

    Javier Lopez relieved and retired Cliff Floyd on an inning-ending double play.

    Phillips added a two-run double, his second two-base hit, in the eighth to make it 9-5.

    "I think it's a little easier to hit with guys on base because he pitches out of the stretch and outfielders move -- opening up some holes," Phillips said.

    Ginter was 3-0 in 63 relief appearances for the Chicago White Sox over four seasons before being the Mets acquired him for Timo Perez on March 27.

    In his first big league start, he gave up two runs -- one earned -- in 5 2-3 innings against Houston's Roger Clemens last weekend. Facing a lineup without Todd Helton and the injured Larry Walker, he labored through five innings, throwing 94 pitches.

    He gave up Young's sacrifice fly in the second, Todd Greene's two-run single in the third and Mark Sweeney's two-run homer in the fifth.

    "I wasn't getting ahead of hitter, and when I did I left the ball up a bit in the zone," Ginter said.

    Ginter retired the side in fourth, only one of two times that happened Friday -- Mike Stanton got three straight outs in the eighth.

    Ginter allowed five runs and seven hits with a career-high five strikeouts.

    Young made his second start in place of Scott Elarton, who was designated for assignment Sunday and waived Thursday after going 0-6 with a 9.80 ERA in eight starts. Young, who walked three and threw a wild pitch, has allowed 12 runs and 15 hits in 8 1-3 innings.

    Braden Looper gave up a two-run single in the ninth to Jeromy Burnitz, making his return to New York after being traded to Los Angeles in July. He then got pinch-hitter Helton to tap back to the pitcher with runners on first and second, ending it.

    Looper hadn't allowed an earned run in 21 2-3 innings this season before Burnitz's hit.

    Game notes

    Mets 2B Jose Reyes, out with a strained right hamstring since March 26, made his first rehabilitation start for Class-A St. Lucie on Friday night. In five innings, he went 1-for-2 with a stolen base. ... Helton did not start his first game of the season for the Rockies. Manager Clint Hurdle said Helton's back was bothering him all week. ... The Mets had 10 doubles at Montreal on Sept. 27, 2001. ... After the game, the Mets recalled Tyler Yates from Triple-A Norfolk and sent Esix Snead down. Yates will start Saturday.

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