The Colorado Rockies didn't have an answer to Lucas Duda on Saturday evening, dropping the game to the New York Mets, 7-5. Duda drove in four of the Mets' runs on a two-run home run in the second inning and a two-run single in the fifth inning. David Wright drove in two of the other runs on a double in the third inning and on a single in the fifth inning.
Guillermo Moscoso, who made the start in place of the injured Jeremy Guthrie, wasn't hit terribly hard, though he did surrender six runs in five innings Of the nine hits he gave up, the extra-base ones were just Duda's home run and Wright's double. He struck out five and walked one, a good way to keep himself in the rotation for another start or two until Guthrie returns from the disabled list.
The Rockies at one point held leads of 1-0 and 4-3 before Moscoso failed to contain the Mets. Troy Tulowitzki drove in the first run on a ground out in the first inning while Todd Helton doubled and Michael Cuddyer singled in back-to-back at-bats to each drive in a run during the fourth inning, Moscoso drove in Cuddyer late in the inning for the temporary lead.
Dillon Gee struck out seven Rockies and surrendered all four runs over seven innings pitched, picking up the win. Frank Francisco allowed a Dexter Fowler home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and followed that up by watching Tyler Colvin pinch hit for a triple. But the false hope ended with Jason Giambi flying out to center field to end the game.
The Mets scored the seventh run on a passed bowl allowed by Wilin Rosario in the top of the ninth inning. It might not have scored had not there been questionable defense by Marco Scutaro and Michael Cuddyer on a high pop up by Michael Baxter, who wound up with a double. Baxter wound up on third following a ground out.
The Rockies (10-10, 6-5 home) conclude the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Jamie Moyer takes on Johan Santana.
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