The Colorado Rockies faced a doubleheader against the New York Mets with one mission: win at least one game and take their second consecutive road series. They were depending on RHP Greg Reynolds to keep them in the game for the second consecutive start, and Reynolds delivered.
Reynolds threw 5.0 innings, only allowing five hits, including bloop doubles to Daniel Murphy and Jose Reyes. Most of the contact off Reynolds' was soft bloop hits just past a diving infielder as he looked sharp in his second start since 2008. Reynolds will likely be sent back to AAA Colorado Springs to make room for the return of ace RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who is scheduled to start on April 18 against the San Francisco Giants. Reynolds ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the Mets strung together weak hit after weak hit to cause traffic on the basepaths. Mets RF Scott Hairston hit a soft liner to right field, scoring 1B Ike Davis and giving the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Offensively, the Rockies had plenty of chances against Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but had trouble converting those baserunners into runs. With runners on second and third, backup catcher Jose Morales ground out to first base to end the scoring threat. With the bases loaded in the third inning, Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki ground into a double play on a 3-1 count, ending the inning.
The Rockies finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning, as Morales walked, then was sacrificed into scoring position by Reynolds. After a Dexter Fowler fly ball fell for a double, Seth Smith grounded out to first base and scoring Morales from third to cut the Mets' lead down to 2-1. Morales hit a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning, giving Colorado a 3-2 lead.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his first homerun of the season against Mets reliever Bobby Parnell, a two run blast down the right field line that gave Colorado a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish. Tulowitzki immediately followed with his sixth homerun of the season, pushing the lead to 6-2.
A Jose Reyes homerun in the seventh inning closed the gap to 6-3, and Scott Hairston hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning off Huston Street to make the score 6-5. The Mets forced the bases loaded against Rockies reliever Matt Lindstrom, with David Wright at the plate. He forced a full count before flying out to deep right field to end the threat and give Colorado the victory.
Greg Reynolds gets the win, his first since 2008. The Mets' R.A. Dickey gets tagged with the loss.