The Rockies hit about 36 balls to the warning track or slightly beyond. With that many, you'd think that one would eventually go out, and with one out in the top of the eighth inning, that's exactly what happened.
Following an errant throw on a play at the plate by Mets' pitcher Bobby Parnell that allowed the go-ahead run to score, Troy Tulowitzki provided the Rockies with two very much-needed insurance runs by depositing a 95 MPH Parnell fastball into the left field seats to give the Rockies a 7-4 lead.
The Mets showed a ton of resilience in the bottom half of the inning against Rafael Betancourt, as David Wright led off with a monster home run to right-center field, and Carlos Beltran doubled down the right field line and came around to score on an Ike Davis single. However, Betancourt settled down and retired the last three batters of the inning and kept the lead intact. After the Rockies came away empty in the ninth, Huston Street nailed down his fifth save of the season (and third in as many games) by striking out two and inducing a game-ending pop fly to give the Rockies just their fifth win in their past 28 games in the Big Apple.
The Rockies did their best to throw away the game in the early innings, as they experienced a lot of RISP failure to go along with some fielding miscues. They finished 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position (but were fortunate enough to get runs on a sac fly and the aforementioned error), continuing an early-season theme that shouldn't be worried about too much - as getting 19 RISP at-bats is no small feat in itself. However, the Rockies uncharacteristically cost themselves a couple of runs due to fielding errors - back-to-back miscues, in fact, by Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart in the fourth inning. However the Rockies, who would have lost this game last season (as ATF opined on Twitter), clawed their way back into it and eventually delivered the final blow off the bat of their superstar shortstop.
Jason Hammel deserves some credit, minimizing damage to the tune of two earned runs (four total) on six hits in six innings, while striking out four and walking one.
7 - 2
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