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Mets 14, Rockies 9: It's hard to pitch at Coors Field

Jon Gray had his first rough outing as a big leaguer, but Bartolo Colon didn't fare much better in a throwback game to the pre-humidor days at 20th & Blake.

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Well, Jon Gray, this one's for you:

The Rockies rookie got his first taste of failure in the big leagues, failing to make it out of the second inning, but Mets starter Bartolo Colon struggled almost much in a 14-9 Rockies loss at Coors Field.

Gray lasted just 1⅔ innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on eight hits and a walk without striking out anyone. He was lifted after throwing 45 pitches, 24 for strikes.

Just one of the seven runs Gray allowed came in the first, and the Rockies tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on a solo home run, his 29th of the season.

It all unraveled for Gray in the second inning. The trouble really started when Gray walked No. 8 hitter Michael Conforto and hit Colon with a pitch to load the bases with one out. After two softly-hit singles gave the Mets a 3-1 lead, Yoenis Cespedes cleared the bases with a grand slam, giving New York a 7-1 lead. Gray faced two more batters, retiring one, before being pulled by Rockies manager Walt Weiss.

However, this is Coors Field and, despite the six-run deficit for the Rockies, the game was far from over. Ben Paulsen homered to lead off the second against Colon and the Rockies scored a pair of runs in the third to cut the deficit in half.

Cespedes struck again in the fourth, hitting his second home run of the game against reliever Christian Bergman to extend the Mets' lead to 8-4, but the Rockies answered with a home run of their own in the bottom of the inning, this one a three-run blast from Nolan Arenado, his 30th of the season, to cut the deficit to 8-7 and chase Colon from the game.

Colon lasted just 3⅔ innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out just one. Aside from being allowed to get six more outs, it was actually a very similar outing to Gray's.

Speaking of Gray, the Rockies officially got him off the hook in the bottom of the fifth when Nick Hundley tripled home DJ LeMahieu to tie the game at eight.

That tie was short lived because Cespedes got to the plate again in the sixth and was true to form, hitting his third home run of the game, this one a two-run shot against Rockies reliever Christian Friedrich, giving the Mets a 10-8 lead they would not relinquish. New York hit two more home runs against Gonzalez Germen in the seventh, both of the solo variety from Travis d'Arnaud and Conforto, to extend the lead to 12-8.

Arenado scored on a LeMahieu groundout in the bottom of the seventh and the Mets added an insurance run in each of the final two innings before the game mercifully ended after three hours, 34 minutes.

The two teams will be at it again tomorrow night at 6:10 p.m. with Chris Rusin facing Jon Niese. It will also be Star Wars night at Coors Field, so here's hoping Gray banishes this outing to a galaxy far, far away by his next start.

Source: FanGraphs

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