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New York at Colorado

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Colorado «10120100x5110

Rockies 5, Mets 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- A feel-good night for Jose Acevedo and the Colorado Rockies took a wrong turn when Todd Helton limped off the field.

Acevedo allowed three runs over six innings in a spot start Monday, helping the Rockies to a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets -- a win tempered by the possible loss of Colorado's best player.

Helton, who finished with three hits after a long rain delay, pulled up lame while running from first to third in the seventh inning. He limped off the field with a strained left calf, an injury he said wasn't major but one he predicted would keep him out at least a game or two.

"It's strained a little bit. No big deal," Helton said.

Before the injury, Acevedo (2-0) was the story of the night. The third-year veteran, who started for the Reds last year and was traded to Colorado this spring, made his first start of the season, allowing five hits and striking out one without a walk.

It was the kind of effort the Rockies need more of and, though they have other options, it might have put Acevedo in the mix as a permanent replacement for Jason Jennings, who was lost for the season last week when he broke his finger sliding into second base.

"I think so," Acevedo said when asked if he earned another start. "I have experience as a starter. I know how to deal with it."

Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances, retiring Mike Piazza with a runner on to end it. The Colorado bullpen threw three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit.

Danny Ardoin had a career-high three hits for Colorado.

Anderson Machado, just called up from Triple A this week, had his first two RBI for the Rockies, a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly against Tom Glavine (7-8), who allowed five runs over six innings and lost for just the second time in seven starts.

Glavine said he didn't adjust to pitching at Coors Field.

"There is a different feel on the ball, and you have to work a little harder, and at the same time you have to find a way to keep that under control," he said.

The Mets only managed to get to Acevedo once -- in the fourth -- when Jose Reyes, Mike Cameron and Cliff Floyd combined for two triples and a double to help the Mets take a 3-2 lead.

Reyes hit his major league-leading 11th triple, Cameron had an RBI double and Floyd knocked in a run with his first triple since 2003. David Wright added a sacrifice fly.

Colorado answered in the bottom half with Machado's fielder's choice and an RBI single by Luis Gonzalez to regain the lead, then Acevedo regained control.

"They made him pay in that inning," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "But he didn't get rattled. He went out and did what he had to do and executed."

The Rockies, who have the worst record in the major leagues, again showed what a different team they are at Coors Field compared to when they're away from home. They improved to 25-23 at home. Their 10-40 road record is the worst by any club at this point since the 1979 Oakland A's.

And despite the troubles, this win was Colorado's 20th since June 1 -- more than any team in the NL West has during that span.

Still, Helton's injury was a low note. If he misses a game, the Rockies will have lost a player to injury at every position except center field.

"I had a little pang," Hurdle said when asked how he felt when he saw Helton pull up. "Maybe a big pang. Once I saw him limp off and that he didn't have to be carried off, I felt a little better. We'll see."

The Mets lost for just the second time in eight games and fell four games behind idle Atlanta and Washington in the tight NL East. Reyes had two of New York's six hits.

"We've been a little bit up and down offensively all year, inconsistent," manager Willie Randolph said. "I'm sure players lick their chops when they come here, but we talked about it before the game."

Notes

The start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 42 minutes. ... The win was Acevedo's first as a starter since Aug. 14, 2004, when the Reds defeated San Diego. ... Glavine fell to 10-5 in his career against the Rockies.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

L. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4120000 .275
Mike Cameron, RF4111011 .265
Carlos Beltran, CF4000011 .268
Cliff Floyd, LF4111000 .282
David Wright, 3B3011000 .294
Mike Piazza, C4010001 .266
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3000011 .224
Marlon Anderson, 2B3000000 .297
    Jose Santiago, P0000000 .000
Tom Glavine, P2000000 .065
    Miguel Cairo, 2B1000000 .263
Totals32363034 
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (22, Acevedo), Mike Piazza (21, Acevedo)
3B - Jose Reyes (11, Acevedo), Cliff Floyd (1, Acevedo)
SF - David Wright (1)
RBI - Mike Cameron (32), Cliff Floyd (61), David Wright (51)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Anderson-Mientkiewicz
E - David Wright (17, Wild throw)
New York Mets
Tom Glavine (L,7-8) 6854120 4.69
Jose Santiago 2300110 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 84-50, Jose Santiago 39-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 11-5, Jose Santiago 1-4
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 27, Jose Santiago 10
Colorado Rockies
Luis Gonzalez, 2B-1B5221002 .294
Garrett Atkins, 3B4011002 .287
Todd Helton, 1B4030001 .294
    Desi Relaford, PR-2B0000000 .228
Matt Holliday, LF4011002 .291
Eric Byrnes, CF-RF4000004 .250
Dustan Mohr, RF3210100 .209
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Danny Ardoin, C3030000 .224
Anderson Machado, SS3102022 .000
Jose Acevedo, P1000011 .000
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .282
    Mike DeJean, P0000000 .000
    Dan Miceli, P0000000 .000
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF0000100 .280
Totals3251152314 
a-grounded out for Acevedo in the 6th
b-walked for Miceli in the 8th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (15, Glavine), Matt Holliday (12, Santiago), Dustan Mohr (7, Glavine), Danny Ardoin (5, Santiago)
SF - Anderson Machado (1)
SH - Danny Ardoin (1), Jose Acevedo (1)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (20), Garrett Atkins (42), Matt Holliday (26), Anderson Machado 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez (7)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
Jose Acevedo (W,2-0) 6533010 4.05
Mike DeJean (H,6) 1000010 5.13
Dan Miceli (H,4) 1000000 3.21
Brian Fuentes (S,15) 1100010 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Acevedo 78-58, Mike DeJean 11-9, Dan Miceli 10-7, Brian Fuentes 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Acevedo 8-9, Mike DeJean 1-1, Dan Miceli 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Acevedo 23, Mike DeJean 3, Dan Miceli 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22216
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Greg Gibson