NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce and pitcher Seth Lugo homered throughout an early barrage that despatched the New York Mets previous Colorado 9-three on Saturday night time for his or her second straight lopsided victory over the reeling Rockies out of the All-Star break.
Jose Reyes additionally went deep and Lucas Duda had a two-run double as New York took full benefit of an damage that knocked wild Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood from the sport within the first inning. Lugo (four-2) labored into the seventh with an enormous lead, however Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes left early after slamming his proper knee into the bottom whereas making an attempt to make a sliding catch.
Chatwood (6-eleven) acquired just one out and threw simply 5 of 19 pitches for strikes whereas strolling three of the 5 batters he confronted. After giving up Bruce’s three-run shot to straightaway middle area, the best-hander was checked on the mound by supervisor Bud Black and a coach.
Chatwood made three large follow pitches and was changed by lefty Chris Rusin, who acquired on a regular basis he wanted to heat up on the mound. There was no speedy phrase on what particularly was bothering Chatwood, however his fast departure harassed Colorado’s bullpen as soon as once more after Jon Grey lasted solely two-plus innings in a 14-2 defeat the night time earlier than.
After a shocking begin that had them atop the NL West on June 20, the struggling Rockies have hit the skids. They started the night time with a 6 half-recreation lead for the league’s second wild card, however they’ve dropped 15 of 20 general — and the final two have been notably ugly.
The Mets got here out of the break properly conscious they wanted to make up floor instantly to dissuade common supervisor Sandy Alderson from delivery off veterans earlier than the July 31 commerce deadline. Off to a superb begin, they moved inside eight 1/2 video games of Colorado (six within the loss column) for the ultimate NL playoff spot.
Lugo hit his first house run as knowledgeable to make it eight-zero within the third, connecting on an 89 mph slider from Rusin on fireworks night time at Citi Subject.
A profession .200 hitter within the majors (5 for 25) coming into the sport, Lugo acquired the silent remedy from teammates when he returned to the dugout with a sheepish grin. They utterly ignored him as he feigned excessive-fives earlier than excited Mets lastly swarmed him in celebration on the bench.
Rockies: LF-1B Ian Desmond might be activated Sunday if he comes out of Saturday’s pregame exercise OK, Black stated. Desmond has been on the DL since July three with a strained proper calf. ……