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Mets Lose Fourth Straight, Rockies 6 Mets 5

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Willie Harris, Franklin Morales (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Willie Harris, Franklin Morales (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Carlos Gonzalez and hot-hitting Troy Tulowitzki
belted back-to-back home runs, and the Colorado Rockies survived a
shaky ninth inning to beat the New York Mets 6-5 in the opener of a
doubleheader Thursday.

The Rockies (9-2), off to the best start in franchise history,
won their fourth consecutive one-run game. They were going for a
four-game series sweep in Game 2, which was postponed from Tuesday
night because of rain.

Colorado had a three-run lead in the ninth when Huston Street
came on to close it out. He gave up a two-run homer to Scott
Hairston, a walk to Josh Thole and a single to pinch hitter Carlos
Beltran before manager Jim Tracy brought in Matt Lindstrom.

The big right-hander got Jose Reyes to ground into a fielder’s
choice, then walked Daniel Murphy to load the bases for David
Wright, who flied out to the warning track in right field to end
the game.

Greg Reynolds (1-0) lasted five innings to earn his first win
since June 17, 2008.

Tulowitzki terrorized the Mets again with three hits, including
his league-leading sixth home run, and is 8 for 12 in the series.
The sweet-swinging shortstop has driven in seven runs against New
York, with the go-ahead three-run shot Wednesday night.

Right-hander R.A. Dickey (1-2) struggled with his knuckleball,
allowing five runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings, as the Mets
lost their fourth straight game.

Reyes hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the
eighth inning.

New York took the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Angel
Pagan and a two-out RBI single by Hairston, before the Rockies got
one back in the fifth.

Jose Morales singled leading off and went to second on a
sacrifice bunt. Dexter Fowler then tagged a pitch deep to center
that Pagan appeared to lose in the sun. It bounced off the wall to
put runners on first and third, and Seth Smith followed with an RBI
groundout to make it 2-1.

The Rockies pulled ahead in the sixth on another outfield
miscue.

Tulowitzki led off with a base hit. Jason Giambi then drew a
full-count walk before Jose Lopez grounded into a fielder’s choice
that cut down Tulowitzki at third. Morales came to the plate and
hit a fly ball to right field that Hairston simply stopped chasing.

It wasn’t clear whether he lost it in the sky or thought it was
gone.

Either way, the ball hopped once off the warning track and again
off the wall, allowing both runners to score and giving the Rockies
a 3-2 lead.

Yet another outfield blunder came in the seventh, when Harris’
error on a double by Smith allowed him to coast into third base.
Gonzalez followed by driving a 2-2 pitch from Dickey into the
right-field seats for his first homer of the season, and Tulowitzki
made it back-to-back shots when he connected off reliever Bobby
Parnell moments later.

The comedy of errors wasn’t limited to the Mets, though they
were the most costly.

Gonzalez slipped and fell on his butt after losing a fly ball to
left in the first inning, and Colorado reliever Franklin Morales
lost his right shoe while covering first base when Harris stepped
on his foot running out a ground ball in the sixth.

Morales limped off the field without throwing another pitch.<

Notes: Mets RHP Chris Young (right biceps tendinitis) threw a
bullpen session before the game. His start Friday in Atlanta has
been pushed back to Sunday. … Rockies RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (right
thumb) hit the mid-90s against Oakland minor leaguers Wednesday. He
remains on schedule to start Monday against San Francisco.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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