A three-run, seventh-inning home run by Mets second baseman Neil Walker snapped the Rockies five-game winning streak as they dropped a 6-4 decision in the series finale at Citi Field.
Walker’s home run came on an 0-1 count from Rockies reliever Boone Logan, who had walked Alejandro De Aza and James Loney earlier in the inning.
The loss spoiled another solid outing from Rockies starter Chad Bettis, who put together the team’s 20th quality start of July, a franchise record for a month. After giving up a run in each of the first three innings, Bettis retired the last 10 batters he faced on the day, pitching six innings and allowing three runs, all earned, on five hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts, matching his career high.
From the start, the Rockies put together solid at bats against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, getting on the board in the second inning when David Dahl doubled and scored on a Daniel Descalso single. The pair also combined for the Rockies second run against Syndegaard, as Dahl singled, advanced to third on an error, and again scored on a Descalso single.
The Rockies would tie the game at three against Syndergaard in the fifth on doubles from Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez. It looked like Gonzalez had scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch later in the inning, but he was called out, a call which replay failed to overturn.
It took until the seventh for the Rockies to pull in front, as Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly against Mets reliever Jerry Blevins brought home Tony Wolters to give Colorado a 4-3 lead.
However, the lead would not last as Walker hit the three-run homer against Logan in the bottom of the inning and the Rockies could not muster anything in their final two trips to the plate against Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia.
Despite the loss, the Rockies finished their seven-game east coast road trip at 5-2 and the month of July at 15-12, their first winning month that was not April since August 2012.
The Rockies are off as the non-waiver trade deadline passes tomorrow but will be back at Coors Field Tuesday against the Dodgers as Jon Gray takes the mound against a Dodgers pitcher that is to be determined, perhaps a trade deadline acquisition. First pitch Tuesday will be at 6:40 p.m. Mountain time.