Troy Tulowitski hit a go-ahead 3-run homer in the 5th inning off Jon Niese, Ryan Spilborghs added a solo shot an inning later, and the Rockies’ bullpen hung on to propel them past the Mets on a misty Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Jon Niese pitched his second ineffective game in a row, giving up 5 runs in his 6 innings of work. The Mets spotted him an early 2-0 lead thanks to a 2-out RBI double in the 1st inning by Carlos Beltran, and then Angel Pagan scoring on a wild pitch an inning later.

Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers looked shaky early on, allowing 3 runs in his first 4 innings. But he settled down somewhat after that, allowing no more runs after the Mets went ahead 3-1 on Daniel Murphy’s 2-out RBI double in the 4th. The Rockies bullpen then allowed only Pagan’s sacrifice fly in the 7th to narrow the deficit to 5-4.

3 Up:

-Angel Pagan: Finally broke out of his slump, going 2-2 (including a triple) with a walk, and drove in a run.

-Carlos Beltran: Continues to look better at the plate, going 2-4 tonight including an RBI double off the wall in left-center field. Even one of the at-bats that didn’t result in a hit was a sharp lineout to left.

-Mets Bullpen: Bounced back nicely from the debacles of the past few games, pitching 3 shutout innings.

3 Down:

-Top of the 5th: Pitching to Tulowitski with 2 outs and a base open, with Jose Lopez (hitting .206) on deck is a move that will evoke some second-guessing. At the very least, Niese can’t give Tulowitski anything good to hit in this situation.

-Clutch Hitting: The Mets continue to struggle with runners in scoring position, going 1-9 tonight in those spots, which is also related to…

-Close losses: This is their second 1-run loss in a row, and their 3rd straight winnable game that they lost, if you include Sunday’s extra-inning loss to the Nats. These add up during the course of a season, and could make or break a year.

On Deck: The Mets and Rockies will play 2 tomorrow to conclude their series, starting at 12:10 PM.

COL Greg Reynolds (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. NYM R.A. Dickey (1-1, 2.45 ERA)

COL Jorge De La Rosa (1-0, 1.74 ERA) vs. NYM Chris Capuano (1-0, 6.75 ERA)