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Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 75 - Mets (3) at Rockies (2) - Byrd HR Edges Rockies

N.Y. Mets (32-43)«000010020391
Colorado (39-41)020000000280

W: L. Hawkins (3-1) L: M. Belisle (4-5) S: B. Parnell (14)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (12)   COL - None


Marlon Byrd gave the Mets a winning end to their extended stay away from the Big Apple with a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning as New York edged the Colorado Rockies, 3-2, at Coors Field.

Byrd cracked a two-run shot off Matt Belisle (4-5) with the Mets trailing 2-1, and another solid bullpen effort completed a successful 7-4 road trip.

New York relievers gave up just two runs in 34 1/3 innings (0.52 ERA) during the trek, and LaTroy Hawkins (3-1) earned the win Thursday with a scoreless frame behind Jeremy Hefner, who allowed just two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over a six-inning start.

Trying to bridge the gap to the ninth, Belisle surrendered a one-out single to Daniel Murphy before Byrd crushed the seventh pitch of his at-bat over the wall in deep left-center to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Scott Rice struck out the dangerous Carlos Gonzalez to strand a runner in scoring position in the eighth, and Bobby Parnell closed out the makeup game from April with his 14th save of the season.

Michael Cuddyer was thrown out by Byrd trying to extend a single into a double to open the ninth, spoiling an otherwise special night for the 34-year-old outfielder.

Cuddyer etched his name in the Rockies' record books with a clean, line drive single to center field leading off the second inning. He later scored on Todd Helton's sacrifice fly, and it was 2-0 when Wilin Rosario came across on Josh Satin's throwing error later in the frame.

Nolan Arenado had made a terrific barehanded play at third base in the top of the inning, which started a slew of highlight-reel plays behind Tyler Chatwood. Corey Dickerson immediately followed by robbing Zach Lutz of a base hit with a diving grab in center, and Colorado limited the Mets to one run in the fifth despite the visitors putting their first three hitters on base.

Arenado forced out Satin at home with a stop to his left and a pinpoint off- balanced throw to the plate, and after Hefner pushed a run across with a groundout, Gonzalez raced into foul territory and slid near the fence while catching the final out.

Chatwood struck out the final batter he faced, Juan Lagares, to leave the bases loaded in the sixth, but it was his 103rd pitch and he was pulled the next frame having allowed one run on four hits and three walks.

Game Notes

Cuddyer's hitting streak is the longest in the majors this season. He broke Dante Bichette's team record that ran from May 22-June 18, 1995 ... Mets third baseman David Wright did not appear in a game for the first time this season ... Six of Byrd's 12 home runs have come in June ... The Rockies have lost three straight and eight of their last 10 games ... Colorado had won the previous seven games against the Mets.

Box Score:

Eric Young LF501000000.266
Omar Quintanilla SS400000012.242
Daniel Murphy 2B412000000.273
Marlon Byrd RF412200100.260
Josh Satin 1B301000010.273
Zach Lutz 3B311000011.250
Juan Lagares CF401000001.229
Anthony Recker C400000000.160
Jeremy Hefner P200100001.000
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis PH101000000.140
  LaTroy Hawkins P000000000.000
  Scott Rice P000000000.000
  Andrew Brown PH100000001.231
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
Corey Dickerson CF300000012.300
Josh Rutledge 2B401000001.223
Carlos Gonzalez LF400000002.297
Michael Cuddyer RF413000000.351
Wilin Rosario C412010001.275
Todd Helton 1B300100001.240
Nolan Arenado 3B300000001.263
Jonathan Herrera SS301000000.268
Tyler Chatwood P200000000.368
  Rob Scahill P000000000.000
  Matt Belisle P000000000.000
  DJ LeMahieu PH101000000.287
  Rex Brothers P000000000.000

E_J.Satin. LOB_NY Mets 8, Colorado 4. 2B_W.Rosario. HR_M.Byrd (12) off M.Belisle. SF_T.Helton. SB_D.Murphy (8). CS_D.LeMahieu. GIDP_E.Young, J.Herrera. DP_NY Mets 2 (Z.Lutz, D.Murphy and J.Satin), (O.Quintanilla and J.Satin); Colorado 1 (J.Herrera, J.Rutledge and T.Helton).

Jeremy Hefner6.052113080-573.72
LaTroy Hawkins (W 3-1)1.000002014-103.34
Scott Rice (H 8)1.020002011-94.55
Bobby Parnell (S 14)1.010001011-72.38
Tyler Chatwood6.0411320103-582.13
Rob Scahill1.01000007-44.26
Matt Belisle (L 4-5;B 2)1.032202126-204.95
Rex Brothers1.010002015-110.27

WP_J.Hefner, L.Hawkins, S.Rice.
T_2:51. A_34387.
Umpires_Home,John Hirschbeck; First, James Hoye; Second, Bob Davidson; Third, Jim Reynolds.

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