Mets’ center-fielder Andres Torres had reached leading-off the fifth inning against Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on a ground ball Colorado first-baseman Tyler Colvin booted, then moved to second on a grounder back to Chacin by Josh Thole. With New York pitcher Chris Young at the plate, Torres took-off for third but was caught in a run-down when Chacin threw behind him to shortstop Jonathan Herrera at second-base. Herrera ran him toward third-baseman Jordan Pacheco, who took Herrera’s throw and chased Torres back to second, tagging him out on his second lunge. Second-base umpire Lance Barksdale initially called Torres safe, but was corrected by Fieldin Culbreth, who was working third. The umps’ honest work sent Mets’ manager Terry Collins into a blind rage which got him ejected by Culbreth. Chacin got Young to end the inning.
New York came-out for the sixth befuddled by the loss of their leader. Young, who had a perfect game going, lost it on DJ Le Mahieu’s ground-single up the middle. Herrera followed with a second ground-single, then Chacin laid-down a sacrifice and Young threw it into right-field allowing Le Mahieu to score the tying run. Colorado right-fielder Charlie Blackmon dumped a dying-quail single over the head of Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada, driving-in Herrera and moving Chacin to third. Dexter Fowler plated Chacin with a single, Blackmon to third, then Rockies’ catcher Ramon Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to bring Blackmon home. When the dust settled Colorado had a 4-1 lead on the way to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York, the first for Chacin since August 28, 2011.
Young caused some befuddlement of his own to the Colorado hitters before the outburst in the sixth, retiring the first 15 Rockies on 53 pitches, striking-out 6 of them. Chacin meanwhile matched him for three innings before surrendering one in the fourth, then went-on to complete six, throwing 73 pitches, 51 strikes, and allowing just the single run on 4 hits with 2 strike-outs. He walked none.
The Rockies added a run in the eighth on a Blackmon double and Fowler single. Dex went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. In the ninth Andrew Brown, who had bailed Chacin-out in the sixth by nailing Tejada at the plate with a strong throw from left-field, doubled, moved-over on a Le Mahieu sacrifice, and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Herrera. Matt Reynolds, Josh Roenicke, Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers finished-up on the mound for Colorado, which has won 7 of its last 9, allowing just one run in three innings.
The two teams go back at it Wednesday evening with another 5:10 start in Queens in the third game of a four-game set. The Rockies will send lefty Jeff Francis up against right-hander Matt Harvey of the Mets.