De La Rosa, Rockies win 5th straight
NEW YORK — Jorge De La Rosa earned his 100th career victory and the Colorado Rockies eventually caught up with Bartolo Colon, beating the New York Mets 7-2 on a rainy Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
The Rockies improved to 12-4 since the All-Star break and won despite losing NL home run leader Trevor Story to a jammed left thumb. He seemed to get hurt on a scrambling slide in the fourth, exited early and X-rays on the rookie shortstop were negative.
On the day the Mets retired Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza’s No. 31, the Mets lost their fourth in row. The 43-year-old Colon (9-6) faltered in his first start on three days’ rest since 2005, and slugger Yoenis Cespedes left in midgame because of a nagging quad injury.
Colorado retired New York’s last 16 batters. Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected in the ninth after umpires overturned their original call and took away a home run from Wilmer Flores, ruling a fan reached over the wall and prevented left fielder David Dahl from making a catch.
DJ LeMahieu drove in three runs and Dahl hit his second homer since making his big league debut this week, helping the Rockies reach .500 for the first time since late May.
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Colorado’s push toward NL wild-card position has been boosted by its 6-0 mark against the Mets. Last year, the Rockies were 0-7 against them.
De La Rosa (7-7) gave up two runs in six innings. He is 100-82 lifetime.
A Citi Field crowd of 42,207 chanted for Piazza prior to the game but didn’t have much to cheer as the night wore on. A day after Collins told his team to relax and lighten up, the Mets took a quick 2-0 lead before the Rockies rallied.
Justin Ruggiano had an adventuresome time after signing with New York earlier in the day. Cut by Texas on Tuesday, the veteran major league joined the Mets when they put infielder Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left ribcage.
Ruggiano got a hit, but also overran a ball in center field for an error and was thrown out stealing on a replay reversal. He also was involved in a play that tilted the game.
Colon held Colorado hitless until Nolan Arenado singled with one out in the fourth. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a drive to right-center and Ruggiano ran a long way and made a diving try on the warning track, only to have the ball glance off his glove for a double.
Story followed with an infield hit and when the throw to first got away, he tried to advance and was thrown out. Dahl then lined a two-run homer for a 3-2 lead.
Charlie Blackmon doubled twice, and set up LeMahieu’s two-run single in the fifth.
Rockies: OF Ryan Rayburn didn’t start for the second straight day, but singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. His left knee was bruised Friday night when he was hit by a ball during batting practice.
Mets: Cespedes left after grounding out to end the fifth. He stepped gingerly leaving the batter’s box and jogged down the line.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.19) is 5-1 in his last nine starts. Colorado has supported him with nearly seven runs a game over that span.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45) is 1-3 in his past five starts. The All-Star won his only career start vs. the Rockies last year.
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