Author: Paul Zinn
In the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field this afternoon, the Mets (4-8) lost to the Rockies, 6-5, stretching their losing streak to four games.
Keys to the game:
The Rockies trailed 2-1 in the sixth inning, but went ahead in the fifth, 3-2, on a two run double by Jose Morales that Scott Hairston misplayed in rightfield. They then tacked on more in the sixth on a two-run homer by Carlos Gonzalez and a solo shot by Troy Tulowitzki.
Mets starter R.A. Dickey (1-2) left after Gonzalez's home run, going 6 1/3 and allowing five runs on eight hits, while striking out four and walking four.
Hairston's two-run homer in the ninth against Rockies closer Huston Street closed the gap to 6-5. The Mets then loaded the bases with two outs, before David Wright flied out to deep rightfield to end the game.
New York had an early 2-0 lead on Angel Pagan's sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Hairston's run-scoring single later in the same inning.
Hairston had been struggling this season, but got on track, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and 3 RBI. Jose Reyes extending his hitting streak to 11 games and had two hits.
The Mets were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Bobby Parnell allowed the Tulowitzki home run after Dickey left. The Rockies star has a home run in each game this series.
Commentary: It was more of the same in the first game for the Mets today. They built a lead but couldn't hold it and gave up some big hits that turned the momentum in the Rockies' favor. The loss was even tougher because the Mets rallied and appeared to have Street on ropes before losing.