Chatwood, Gonzalez lead Rockies over Mets
NEW YORK — Tyler Chatwood kept winning on the road, Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs and the Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets 6-1 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Mark Reynolds homered and Charlie Blackmon had four hits for the surging Rockies. They are 11-4 since the All-Star break and have moved within four games of Miami for the second NL wild-card spot.
Chatwood (10-6) improved to 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA away from Coors Field this season. The 26-year-old is 4-6 with a 5.69 ERA at home.
Gonzalez matched a season-high hitting streak of 11 games with an RBI double in the first. He hit a 448-foot, three-run drive in the ninth for his 21st homer.
Steven Matz (8-7) gave up two runs and 10 hits in six innings.
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James Loney homered for the Mets. Alejandro De Aza had another kind of hit — he had a pinch-single in the eighth, and later was running to third when he was grazed in the helmet by the shattered barrel of Travis d’Arnaud’s bat.
Down 3-1, the Mets got a pair of singles to start the eighth off Jake McGee. Scott Oberg relieved and retired the next three batters on just three pitches. The Mets are the majors’ worst hitting team with runners in scoring position.
Nick Hundley’s RBI single in the sixth put Colorado ahead for good at 2-1.
HALL OF FAME WELCOME
The Mets started a weekend-long tribute to Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, handing out replica jerseys to all fans. A large home plate with Piazza’s No. 31 in the middle was etched into the center field grass in anticipation of Saturday’s number retirement ceremony.
Rockies: OF Ryan Rayburn was a late scratch from the starting lineup after bruising his left knee in batting practice. … OF Gerardo Parra (sprained left ankle) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Hartford on Friday. He played left field for five innings in the first game of a doubleheader, going 1 for 2 with a walk and scoring a run.
Mets: 3B Jose Reyes (strained left ribcage) missed his fourth straight game. “He’s a little closer,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We’ve got to be careful not to overdo it.”
LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 5.70) is slated to start for Colorado on Saturday night in a matchup of veterans, opposed by 43-year-old righty Bartolo Colon (9-5, 3.35). The 35-year-old De La Rosa is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA in three starts at Citi Field. Colon will be starting on short rest, earning the win over St. Louis in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
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