By Jack Etkin and Owen Perkins
Special to MLB.com |
DENVER -- A big early rally enabled the Rockies to build a six-run lead in the third and carried them to a 7-4 win over the Mets on Saturday night at Coors Field.
The Rockies sent 10 batters to the plate in the third, scored five runs to build a 7-1 lead and chased Mets starter Logan Verrett. Tony Wolters had a two-run double, and Charlie Blackmon singled home two runs in an inning that also included a bases-loaded walk to DJ LeMahieu.
The Mets got a homer in the fourth from Neil Walker, his 10th, to cut the Rockies' lead to 7-2, and they drove Rockies starter Eddie Butler from the game with two more runs in the sixth. Butler earned his second straight win after he allowed four earned runs on nine hits in five-plus frames.
"It's great that they put me in that situation," Estevez said. "They trust me. 'Here, you got the eighth, and get the job done.' They put so much confidence in me all the time, and I just really like that."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The streak continues: Blackmon's two-run single in the third extended his hitting streak to 11 games, one shy of his career high. Blackmon hit safely in 12 consecutive games last season from Aug. 14-26.
Not this time: Verrett made a spot start for the Mets in place of Steven Matz and gave up 10 hits and seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings with three walks and no strikeouts.
"Early on I felt like I was making good pitches and they were putting them in play and finding holes," Varrett said. "And then in the third inning I made some good pitches, and I also made some bad pitches. It seemed like tonight, it didn't really matter what kind of a pitch I made, whether I executed my pitch or didn't execute it, seemed like they were finding the hole."
Wright's tough:David Wright entered the game with just two hits in 21 at-bats on the first nine days of the road trip. He matched that tally before the seventh-inning stretch, going 2-for-5 with a double on the night, though he struck out in his first and last at-bat.
"He looked better tonight," Collins said. "That's an upside for sure."
"Your starter gets into the sixth or beyond, the pieces fall into place. When you have to put in four-plus innings from the bullpen, that's when it starts to get out of whack and guys get overused" -- Manager Walt Weiss on having Butler get into the sixth before calling on four relievers to work four scoreless innings
Manager Terry Collins was ejected for the first time this season after arguing with home-plate umpire Carlos Torres. With one out and the bases full in a 3-1 game, Wolters swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt from Verrett. Torres called it a foul tip rather than strike three, but Collins argued the call and was ejected. On the next pitch, Wolters hit a two-run double as part of the Rockies' five-run rally. More >
"It cost us the game," Collins said of the call. "End of story."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the ruling on a David Wright double to lead off the seventh inning. Wright drove a liner to left, and Gerardo Parra threw a bullet to second baseman LeMahieu. Second base umpire Gerry Davis ruled Wright safe, and after reviewing the replay, the play stood.
WHAT'S NEXT Mets: The Mets send Jacob deGrom to the hill to defend against the sweep in the series finale Sunday at 4:10 p.m. ET. deGrom (3-1, 2.12) has faced the Rockies twice and hasn't allowed a run in 15 innings pitched. The active Rockies are 3-for-39 (.077) against him.
Rockies: The Rockies will send Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 3.09) to face off with deGrom. He's 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA in three starts this season at Coors Field and 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA in four starts on the road. This will be Chatwood's second career start against the Mets.