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Colorado Rockies blow early lead, lose to New York Mets, 10-5

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It was a tough night to be a Rockies pitcher at 20th and Blake.

The Colorado Rockies lost to the New York Mets by a final of 10-5 on Wednesday night. After getting out to an early lead, a tough night from starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood and reliever Scott Oberg led to 10 unanswered runs by the Mets as the Rockies dropped back to third place in the division and second in the National League wild card race.

After some dazzling infield defense the first three innings kept the Mets off the board, a trio of singles from DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, and Mark Reynolds got the Rockies on the scoreboard first. Gerardo Parra followed with his second double of the game to drive in Arenado and Reynolds and put the home team on top, 3-0. After Parra was thrown out at the plate on Trevor Story’s single, Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run blast to center field. His seventh homer of the season gave the Rockies a 5-0 lead after three.

New York got a pair of runs back in the fourth on Yoenis Cespedes’ double play and Jay Bruce’s solo homer to cut the lead to 5-2. In the fifth, a two-base error by Reynolds, a weakly hit ground ball that turned into a triple off the bat of Amed Rosario, and a routine ground ball by Travis d’Arnaud somehow led to two runs for the Mets as they cut the deficit to 5-4.

Things really unraveled in the sixth. After a single, double, and walk, Curtis Granderson delivered the big blow with a three-run homer to put the Mets on top, 8-5. That spelled the end of the night for Chatwood, who allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits in 5 13 innings. He walked one, struck out two, and just may have made his last start in a Rockies uniform. Oberg came on and poured fuel on the fire, allowing a pair of runs on four hits to make it 10-5 after five and a half innings.

From there, things quieted down for the remainder of the night. Antonio Senzatela tossed three strong innings of scoreless relief to give his offense a chance, but they were unable to get anything going. Mets relievers Chasen Bradford, Fernando Salas, Paul Sewald, and A.J. Ramos combined to throw six scoreless innings of relief and bring the game to a 10-5 final.

The loss drops the Rockies to 61-47 on the season while the Mets improve to 49-56. The rubber match of their three-game set is tomorrow afternoon. German Marquez takes the ball for the Rockies against Rafael Montero of the Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm mountain time.