DENVER (AP) _ Carlos Gonzalez was at the center of an 11-run
fifth inning, hitting a homer and single to drive in five of his
six RBIs, and the Colorado Rockies outslugged the New York Mets
18-9 on Friday night.

Ramon Hernandez hit his sixth career grand slam _ and first for
the Rockies this season _ and Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler
also homered for Colorado, which scored a season high.

The Mets had some firepower of their own as Scott Hairston
became the 10th player in team history to hit for the cycle while
driving in four runs, but it wasn’t enough on a night when pitching
was an afterthought and the ball was flying all over in the Mile
High city’s thin air.

The Rockies sent 14 batters to the plate against three Mets
pitchers in the fifth in their biggest outburst since scoring a
team-record 12 runs in the eighth inning on July 30, 2010, against
the Chicago Cubs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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