Jon Gray pitched 6 innings of 1-run/1-hit baseball Monday night, but 2 walks and a hit-batsman by relievers Justin Miller (1-1, 3.00) and Boone Logan doomed the Colorado Rockies, who lost to the New York Mets 4-2 Monday night at Citi Field in New York City. Carlos Gonzalez continued to blaze for the Rockies, accounting for their only scoring with a 2-run shot over the left-field wall in the top of the 4th.
Gray looked at-ease from the start, retiring the Mets on 9 pitches in the 1st, in contrast to that 33 (or whatever it was) pitch ramble he produced at Coors a week ago. Travis d’Arnaud nicked him with a 2-out homer to left in the 2nd, but other than the 5th it was a hyper-efficient appearance for the right-hander. He threw 6 pitches in the 2nd, 12 in the 3rd, 8 in the 4th and 13 in the 6th, meaning 27 of his 75 offerings came in the 5th, when things got a little dicey.
Gray got d’Arnaud and Michael Conforto to start the inning in fine-fashion, but he walked opposing starter Jon Niese (7-9, 3.46), and Ruben Tejada reached on an error by DJ LeMahieu. Gray went to 3-1 on dangerous New York leadoff man Curtis Granderson, but the rookie got Granderson to pop-up his fifth offering to Nolan Arenado, calmly escaping what could have been an existential threat.
Gonzalez had given Colorado a 2-1 lead in the 4th, when he lined his drive with LeMahieu on 1st after singling. But Gray turned things over to Miller for the 7th, and the right-hander, who has otherwise performed admirably, had little to dissuade the Mets. D’Arnaud singled with one out, then Miller walked Conforto and Tejada, getting pinch-hitter Juan Uribe to pop-up in-between. Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss went to the left-hander Logan to face Granderson. Logan let the count run full on the right-fielder, then plunked him with an 83 MPH slider to drive-in the tying run. Daniel Murphy followed with a 2-run single that proved to be the difference maker.
The contest was just the first of 4 in the borough of Queens. The combatants go back at it tonight, again at 5:10 pm MDT. Left-hander Chris Rusin goes for the Rockies against New York righty Matt Harvey.