Rockies rock New York
DENVER -- The snow stopped, and the sun finally appeared. But it was 28 degrees when Jon Garland took the mound Thursday for the Rockies, tying the franchise record for the lowest temperature to start a home game.
The cold didn't bother Garland, who became the first Rockies starter to pitch seven innings this season as Colorado beat the Mets, 11-3, for its sixth straight victory. The Rockies, who improved their home record to 6-0 this season, blew the game open by scoring six runs with two outs in the seventh. While sweeping three games from the Mets, the Rockies outscored them 28-14.
The teams were snowed out Monday, played a split doubleheader Tuesday -- which the Rockies swept -- and were snowed out again Wednesday before Garland stifled the Mets. He made it through seven innings on just 83 pitches, including 54 strikes, and allowed two runs.
Josh Rutledge homered in the fourth for the Rockies, who got RBI singles from Carlos Gonzalez in the first and Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth. Those three runs came off Mets starter Jon Niese, who worked six innings.
In the Rockies' six-run seventh, Wilin Rosaro drove in the first two with a soft single to right-center off Scott Atchison, and Todd Helton followed with a two-run double off the scoreboard in right field. The double -- the 573rd of Helton's career, moving him past Ivan Rodriguez into 20th place all-time -- came with two outs to increase the Rockies' lead to 5-2.
The rally continued with RBI singles from Chris Nelson and pinch-hitter Reid Brignac.
Rutledge's homer put the Rockies ahead 2-1, but the Mets tied the game on a bizarre play in the sixth. After Daniel Murphy's opposite-field double with two outs, David Wright's bouncer deflected off Garland's glove toward the hole between second base and first. Rutledge stopped the ball and threw home, but not in time to get Murphy.
However, Wright was caught in a rundown and tagged out on a play that was scored 1-4-2-6-3-6.
Both starters threw wild pitches when the teams traded runs in the first. Rosario compounded Garland's wild pitch with a throwing error that put Murphy at third base with one out, and Wright followed with a single. After Dexter Fowler grounded into a fielder's choice and moved up on Niese's wild pitch, Gonzalez drove him in with a single.
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