The New York Mets used 6 LaTroy Hawkins (3-3, 3.28) pitches to turn a 1-2 deficit into a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies Monday night at Citi Field in New York. Travis d’Arnaud doubled leading-off the 9th to the right of left-fielder Brandon Barnes, who had recently shifted over from right. Curtis Granderson drove Hawkins’ next pitch about 80º in the opposite direction, to the left of right-fielder Charlie Blackmon, just into the game, driving pinch-runner Eric Young Jr (dig it Pooter, dig it) home and tying the game. Two pitches later Wilmer Flores lifted a fly ball to deep center to cement the win, despite a laser-like wounded duck toward the plate from center-fielder Drew Stubbs.
Colorado had people on base all night long, in every inning but the 9th, as a matter of fact. They left 8 on-base, including 4 in scoring-position, and did nothing with lead-off doubles by Corey Dickerson in the 3rd and DJ LeMahieu in the 7th. They scored on lead-off solo home runs by Michael Cuddyer in the 2nd and Nolan Arenado in the 8th.
Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies and turned-in 6 workmanlike innings. He got burned in the 1st when he walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda grounded a double down the right-field line to drive him around from 1st with 2 out. Lyles gave-up 3 hits, 2 walks and struck-out 5. He was followed by 2 innings of Tommy Kahnle, Brooks Brown and Christian Friedrich, who delivered a 2-1 lead to the Hawk in the 9th.
Christian Bergman gets the call for Colorado tonight, his 4th since coming off the Disabled List on
August 24. Bergman will face right-hander Jacob deGrom in another 5:10 MDT start at the Mets’ ballpark in Queens.