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Colorado Rockies 5, New York Mets 4: Nolan Arenado walks it off

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The Rockies move back into the first Wild Card spot with a win over the Mets.

A highlight reel catch from Charlie Blackmon to cap the top of the ninth set the table for Nolan Arenado’s walk-off single in a 5-4 Rockies win over the Mets at Coors Field.

With the score tied at four and two outs in the top of the ninth, Blackmon crashed into the wall after a running, leaping catch to rob Asdrubal Cabrera of at least a double and quite possibly more.

Blackmon then led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk against Mets reliever Hansel Robles. He then advanced to second on an infield single from DJ LeMahieu and scored the winning run on Arenado’s walk-off base hit.

The ninth inning heroics backed up a good bounce-back start from Jeff Hoffman, who gave up two runs on five hits in six innings of work, walking three and striking out five. Despite the strong start, he left the game with a 2-0 deficit as Mets starter Steven Matz held the Rockies hitless through 4 13 innings.

Trevor Story broke up the no-hit bid with an infield single in the fifth, but was stranded on third. The Rockies finally broke through against Matz in the sixth with a single from Blackmon, a double from LeMahieu and Arenado’s three-run home run that gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

The Mets evened the score in the top of the seventh when Cabrera’s sacrifice fly brought home Jose Reyes, who had reached on a passed ball after a strike out. They took a 4-3 lead in the eighth on a solo home run from Jay Bruce.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Rockies evened the score at four thanks to a trio of singles from Mark Reynolds, Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez, setting up the heroics from Blackmon and Arenado in the ninth.

The Rockies will look for a series win tomorrow night, with Tyler Chatwood taking the mound against Chris Flexen. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. Mountain time.