Mets Vs. Rockies: Carlos Beltran Hits Three Homers In Mets 9-5 Victory

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Mets Vs. Rockies: Carlos Beltran's Three Homers, Six RBI Send Rockies To 9-5 Loss

Carlos Beltran had the Colorado Rockies' number today when he drove in six on three two-run homers in a 9-5 New York Mets victory. The loss drops the Rockies out of first place in the NL West for the first time since April 6. 

After a lengthy rain delay of two hours, Ubaldo Jimenez finally took the mound, but it wasn't long until he left the game. Still not looking like the pitcher everyone expects him to be, Jimenez allowed five runs in 3.2 innings on three hits and six walks. The one home run he allowed was a two-run shot by Carlos Beltran in the first inning. He allowed the other three runs on a Jose Thole sac fly and a Jose Reyes two-run single in the fourth inning. 

Beltran then homered off of Franklin Morales in the seventh inning, again with Willie Harris on base. Beltran did it again in the ninth inning with, you guessed it, Willie Harris on base. His first and last home runs were from the left side of the plate and the seventh inning shot came from the right side. 

The Rockies came within two runs of tying the game in the seventh inning, but the team failed with runners in scoring position once again. Jonathan Herrera and Todd Helton hit their second and fourth home runs, respectively, of the season. Alfredo Amezaga and Seth Smith used a single and a double to drive in three in the seventh inning. 

The Rockies start a three-game series with the San Diego Padres on Friday, their first matchup of the season.

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Mets Vs. Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez Still Seeks 1st Victory Of 2011

Three solo home runs won't cut it for the Colorado Rockies when the New York Mets' starting pitcher, in this case Mike Pelfrey, hits a two-run double to give his team a third and a fourth run in the game. But that's what happened in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Mets. Add in Dexter Fowler now listed as day-to-day because he fouled pitch off his left knee and the rain delay, it wasn't a good night.

Bad weather on Wednesday postponed the game, but only for a day. For the Rockies, things could quickly turn around with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. He is still seeking his first win of 2011, as he is 0-2 in five starts. He's struck out 26 batters in four starts since coming off the disabled list, but he's also had trouble controlling the strike zone. He has walked 15 batters in that same span.

He will face Jon Niese, who pitched on April 13 against the Rockies. Both Ryan Spilborghs (solo) and Troy Tulowitzki (three-run) hit home runs off of him in the 5-4 Rockies victory. Since then he has allowed 10 runs in four starts, compared to 13 in his previous three.

Tune into ROOT Sports at 1:10 p.m. MT for the first pitch.

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Mets Vs. Rockies Postponed Due To Weather

Wednesday afternoon's game between the Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets has been postponed due to bad weather of rain and snow. Both teams have an off-day on Thursday, so they will make up the game at 1:10 p.m. MT then. ROOT Sports and 850KOA will broadcast the game as usual.

All tickets from Wednesday's game will be valid for May 12. If anyone is unable to attend tomorrow's game please make sure you exchange your tickets before May 17 (except for complimentary tickets).

The Weather and Science Day that was planned for Wednesday's game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 17 before the 1:10 p.m. start against the San Francisco Giants.

Will Ubaldo Jimenez be able to pick up his first win of the season on Thursday afternoon?

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Esmil Rogers Undergoes MRI; Ty Wigginton Begins Rehab Assignment

When the Rockies placed Esmil Rogers on the disabled list on May, it was expected that the teams would be without his services for half of the month, but now it could be a much longer wait. On Tuesday night, Rogers had an MRI on his right shoulder because he felt an odd pain while throwing earlier in the day.

Rogers was 3-1 in four starts with a 7.66 ERA before he went on the DL. He had trouble finding the strike zone as he walked 13 and struck out 15 in 22.1 innings. After a dominating start in Pittsburgh (7.1 IP, 7 K, 1 R) on April 7, Rogers has been unable to make it through six complete innings in his other three starts. He allowed four runs in a one-inning relief appearance.

Clayton Mortensen will continue to be a part of the Rockies' rotation for the moment. He will make his next start on Tuesday against the Giants.

Also making news on Tuesday, injured third baseman Ty Wigginton will go on rehab assignment with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Wednesday and could return to the team on Saturday. Wigginton will be another option for manager Jim Tracy to use at third base, as Jose Lopez and Ian Stewart continue to not hit. Wigginton, though, is hitting .233 with a .692 OPS in 20 games.


Mets Vs. Rockies Final Score: Mike Pelfrey Tames Rockies, Hits Key Double

Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey had the key hit of the game in the fourth inning when he drove in two on a double, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead at the time. He would leave after 6.2 innings, having allowed three runs on three solo home runs. His bullpen issued one walk and no hits over the last 2.1 innings.

Troy Tulowitzki (9) and Seth Smith (3) hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning to tie the game at two, while Carlos Gonzalez (3) had his solo home run in the sixth inning to put the score at 4-3. Todd Helton had two hits as well. The Rockies didn't have many chances with runners in scoring positions as a result, going 0-for-1 in the night. Dexter Fowler left the game after he fouled a ball of his leg in the seventh inning.

Jason Hammel ran into early trouble when he started the game off a with a Jose Reyes double. A single and a walk then loaded the bases for Ike Davis, who unleashed a single to center to score two runs. After the Pelfrey two-run double, Hammel stayed in the game through the seventh inning. He finished with seven innings pitched, four runs allowed on seven hits and two walks and five strikeouts.

There was a rain delay in the seventh inning that last for over 50 minutes, but that didn't help change the game in favor of the Rockies. The Mets lost Ike Davis in the fifth with a strained left calf after he ran into David Wright on a pop fly in front of home plate.

The Rockies (19-15) finish this series on Wednesday afternoon with an afternoon game at 1:10 p.m. MT.  Ubaldo Jimenez and Jon Niese will pitch.

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Mets Vs. Rockies: Colorado Looks For Win Streak With Jason Hammel On Mound

The Colorado Rockies enter their Tuesday game with the New York Mets having taken a 2-1 game on Monday night, basically a result of catcher Chris Iannetta's bat and arm. His double eventually led him to score on a Dexter Fowler single and he broke a 1-1 tie with a home run. He threw out a runner at second base in the top of the ninth. But the rest of the team continued its hitting failures.

Maybe the hitters will have better luck with the Mets putting Mike Pelfrey on the mound. In his April 11 start against the Rockies, which was against Jason Hammel (tonight's starter), Pelfrey saw four runs score on six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. His ERA stood at 10.80 after that start, but he's brought that to 6.06 after four more starts. On May 5, he kept the Giants to two runs in 7.2 innings on the way to a 5-2 victory. He struck out five.

In that same April 11 game, Hammel allowed four runs in six innings, but just two were earned. Since that start, Hammel hasn't given up more than three runs in any of his four starts and in his last three games he's allowed a combined two runs. On May 5, he was in line for the win after he threw seven scoreless innings, but then Huston Street allowed two home runs in the bottom of the ninth, blowing the game (the Rockies lost in 11 innings on a Justin Upton bloop RBI single).

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT and the game can be seen on ROOT Sports.

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Mets Vs. Rockies: Chris Iannetta Delivers Blows In 2-1 Victory Over New York

The one good thing about a losing streak is that it takes just one game to end it. The Rockies did just that in a 2-1 victory on Monday night against the New York Mets. It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but it will certainly be one the Rockies can build on.

Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta was the offensive pivot in this game. He led off the fifth inning with a double and then came around to score on a Dexter Fowler single. He then broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning with a solo homer (5) to left field. Then in the ninth, he had a key defensive play. Willie Harris led off the inning with an excuse-me swing that turned into a single to left field. After a Jose Reyes fly out, Harris attempted to steal second, but Iannetta gunned him down for the second out of the inning.

Huston Street, who has received grief for his recent performance, did pick up his 12th save with a solid inning, even with that barely-a-hit hit. Jhoulys Chacin allowed just two hits in six innings, but he labored his way to six walks and five strikeouts. Matt Belisle picked up his third win after recording the last two outs of the seventh inning. There was a play at the plate that inning that resulted in Daniel Murphy called out at home on a tag play, though the Mets would believe otherwise.

The Rockies (19-14) and the Mets continue this series on Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Mike Pelfrey will be on the mound.

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Mets Vs. Rockies: Can Colorado Rebound At Coors Field?

Will a return trip home to Coors Field help the Rockies get out of their recent funk? After a three-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on the road, the Rockies need to find dominance in their home ballpark. At 7-6 in Coors Field, the Rockies will look to turn things around when they host the Mets for three games

The Rockies swept the Mets on the road (April 11-14) in what was a masterful conclusion of a 7-1 road trip. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was on fire that series, going 10-for-16 with four home runs and eight RBI. However, as of late, Tulowitzki has slumped to a .248/.343/.521 line and he has just one home run since that Mets series (it was the 100th of his career).

On Monday night, Tulowitzki will have another chance against Chris Capuano, whom the shortstop took deep in the sixth inning of the second game of a doubleheader on April 14. Capuano was lit up in the sixth inning of that game, though two of those runs were scored when he was out of the game. Former Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz surrendered a three-run homer to Jonathan Herrera with two outs.

Jhoulys Chacin picked up the victory in the Rockies' last win when they defeated the Diamondbacks, 6-4, on May 4. He allowed two solo home runs (one to pitcher Barry Enright), but also had issues with the strike zone, walking four. Will he be able to keep David Wright in his downturn? If there's any place for Wright to get on track, it's Coors Field. He is a career .365/.448/.703 hitter at the park. He has eight homers in 105 plate appearances.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Monday, May 9, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Chris Capuano vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Tuesday, May 10, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Mike Pelfrey vs. Jason Hammel

Wednesday, May 11, 1:10 p.m MT, ROOT
Jon Niese vs. Ubaldo Jimenez

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