Stroman brought his ‘A’ game to Coors Field on Tuesday night, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, all singles, and a walk with seven strikeouts on the night.
The Rockies lone run came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when Charlie Blackmon hit is 29th home run of the season, a moon shot to the third deck right against Mets reliever Luis Avilan.
In addition to the end of the winning streak, Nolan Arenado snapped a streak of reaching base in 20 straight games, going 0-for-4.
Sixth inning bites Melville
Rockies starter Tim Melville pitched five excellent innings against the Mets, allowing just two hits and no runs with a walk and two strikeouts, matching Mets starter Marcus Stroman pitch for pitch. Unfortunately, Melville pitched a sixth inning. In the sixth he gave up four runs on four hits, including three home runs, a two-run shot to Amed Rosario and solo homers to Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso, and did not make it out of the inning.
Hilliard prevents the no-hit bid
If not for Rockies center fielder Sam Hilliard, Stroman would have taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Hilliard had the only two Rockies hits in the first five innings, singles in the third and fifth. The Rockies did not have an extra-base hit until Pat Valaika’s two-out double in the eighth against Mets reliever Justin Wilson.
The Rockies will look to win the rubber game of the series and finish their homestand with a 7-2 record tomorrow. Jeff Hoffman gets the start for Colorado against a struggling Noah Syndergaard. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.