By MICHAEL KELLY Associated Press
DENVER (AP) _ Nolan Arenado walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Thursday.
Charlie Blackmon and Mark Reynolds homered for the Rockies, who maintained a 5 1/2 game lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s second wild card slot.
Mets reliever Hansel Robles began the ninth by hitting Jonathan Lucroy. After a sacrifice by Pat Valaika, Blackmon was intentionally walked and DJ LeMahieu loaded the bases with another walk.
Robles got Arenado down 0-2 but the All-Star third baseman worked the count full. Robles’ sent his last pitch to the wall behind home plate, bringing in Lucroy with the winning run.
Greg Holland (2-1) pitched the ninth for Colorado. Holland returned after missing two games after cutting his right index finger in his kitchen.
Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the third but Yoenis Cespedes homered and starter Rafael Montero’s run-scoring single in the fifth _ his first career RBI _ tied it at 2-2.
Blackmon hit his 25th homer in the fifth and Reynolds his 23rd in the sixth to give Colorado leads, but the Mets rallied after each home run to tie the game at 4-4.
Rockies: LHP Jake McGee (back) played catch in the outfield before the game. . Manager Bud Black said OF/INF Ian Desmond (calf) won’t be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on Saturday.
Lucroy made his Rockies debut Thursday after missing the past two games with an illness. Lucroy, acquired from Texas on Sunday, had two singles and threw out Jose Reyes trying to steal second in the eighth inning. Reyes was called safe but it was overturned after a long review.
Umpire Kerwin Danley did not work Thursday’s game after suffering a broken finger on a pitched ball Wednesday night. Danley, the crew chief, was behind home plate when he was hit with a Tyler Chatwood pitch that bounced before the plate and over the shoulder of catcher Ryan Hanigan in the top of the fourth inning.
He left and didn’t return and the game was completed with three umpires. Nick Mahrley took Danley’s place in the rotation Thursday and worked third base in his first major league game.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (12-4, 3.29 ERA) opposes Yu Darvish when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Citi Field for a three-game series starting Friday. The Dodgers acquired Darvish from Texas at the trading deadline.
Rockies: RHP Kyle Freeland (11-7, 3.71 ERA) opens a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Freeland has won his last three starts, starting with his near no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on July 9.
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