Rockies take game one against the Mets

DENVER -- Todd Helton delivered his second game-turning hit in as many games, a two-run single with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, to power the Rockies past the Mets, 8-4, in the first game of a doubleheader played in bitter temperatures at Coors Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Helton, whose pinch-hit homer on Sunday gave the Rockies a 2-1 victory over the Padres, lashed his single off losing pitcher Dillon Gee (0-3) with the bases loaded for a 5-4 lead that put the Rockies on their way to their fourth straight victory. It came one batter after Gee had yielded a run on a bases-loaded walk to Michael Cuddyer.

The game was rescheduled from Monday because of snow. Game-time temperature on Tuesday was 39, and temperature on the scoreboard read 34 by the middle innings.

However, the Mets' David Wright and the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez were hot. Wright homered twice off winning pitcher Juan Nicasio (2-0), who went five innings, struck out five and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks. Wright, who was 3-for-4, has 10 home runs in his career at Coors Field.

Gonzalez tripled in the first inning, then launched his fourth home run of the season into the upper deck in right field off Gee in the third.

The Rockies' Chris Nelson added two hits. After his sixth-inning double, Eric Young Jr. singled him home. Young added an RBI triple in the eighth on his three-hit day.

Rockies middle reliever Edgmer Escalona struck out one in two perfect innings, Wilton Lopez gave up two hits but threw a scoreless eighth and Rafael Betancourt worked a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

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