The New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-5 on Thursday night at Coors Field. After a postponement and then rain delay, they take a much needed series on the road. Carlos Beltran powered the Mets to a victory, putting them at a 17-20 record.

 

"I love this ballpark!"

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The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese took the mound against Ubaldo Jimenez in the rubber game of the series. Niese pitched very strong through his first six innings, only allowing two runs both via the solo home run. In the 7th inning, he got into trouble by giving up three consecutive singles that scored a run. Terry Collins pulled him from the game with a 7-3 lead with runners on 1st and 2nd. Mike O’Connor quickly let both of those runners come in to score against him to cut the Mets lead to 7-5. Taylor Buchholz was called on in two-out trouble in the 7th inning with Troy Tulowitzki at the plate and got out of the jam. Jason Isringhausen and Frankie Rodriguez pitched scoreless 8th and 9th innings, respectively, to close out the win.

On the offensive end, Carlos Beltran was the man of the game, lifting three two-run home runs in the game. Jose Reyes knocked in two runs with two-out single in the 4th inning. Josh Thole also contributed a run with a sacrifice fly that plated Jason Bay. Beltran drove in six of the Mets nine runs tonight. Oh, and by the way, they only had six hits in the entire game.

The Positives:

Belts Two: Carlos Beltran put the Mets up quick with a two-run home run in the 1st inning. In the 7th inning, he smacked another two-run shot to extend the lead to 7-2. Then, in the 9th inning, he launched his third home run of the game to plate two more runs. He has 8 hrs and 24 rbis on the season.

The Negatives:

O’ Boy!: With one out and runners on first and second, Mike O’Connor allowed a deep double to left field which scored both inherited runners. In 1/3 inning pitched, he yielded a BIG hit and a walk.

Interesting Facts:

6: Home runs allowed to the Rockies in the series

8: Times Carlos Beltran has hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game

August 15, 2006: Jose Reyes was the last Met to hit three home runs in a game

What’s Next?: The New York Mets travel south for a three-game series against the Houston Astros beginning Friday night. Game Time 8:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (2-0) 3.80 ERA vs. HOU Bud Norris (2-2) 3.16 ERA