DENVER (AP) Marlon Anderson hit two homers, Ramon Castro homered and had three RBIs and Victor Zambrano pitched seven strong innings to help the New York Mets avoid a three-game sweep to baseball's worst team with a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
New York had five runs and 15 hits the first two games at Coors Field before finally breaking out at the hitter-friendly park. The Mets had 13 hits - every starter had at least one - batted around in a six-run fifth inning and scored at least nine runs for the ninth time to avoid their first sweep by Colorado in eight years.
David Wright of the Mets had a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, Jose Reyes had three hits to push his hitting streak to 10 and Anderson hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings for his first career multihomer game.
The Rockies were looking for their third sweep of the season and fourth win in six games. Starter Jamey Wright (5-11) didn't give them much of a chance.
The right-hander gave up the two homers to Anderson, then allowed six runs in the fifth before being lifted with no outs. Wright allowed nine runs and 11 hits, the sixth time in 20 starts he's give up at least six earned runs.
Colorado had nine hits as it matched the worst record after 100 games (36-64 in 1993) in franchise history.
Shaky in his last outing - six runs in 4 2-3 innings Friday against Los Angeles - Zambrano (5-9) was back in form against the Rockies.
Colorado strung together three two-out singles for a run in the first, capped by Eric Byrnes' flare to center that ended his 0-for-10 slump. Zambrano didn't allow another hit until Cory Sullivan hit a two-out single in the fifth and scored on Aaron Miles' double to the corner in right that made it 9-2.
Zambrano was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth after allowing two runs and five hits - the 17th time in 19 starts he's allowed three earned runs or less.
Zambrano wasn't bad with the bat, either, starting New York's rally in the fifth inning with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line. Wright and Castro each had two-run doubles in the inning, Carlos Beltran had an RBI double and Miguel Cairo knocked in a run with a single to put the Mets up 9-1.
Castro hit his third homer in the fourth, one pitch after Anderson's second off Wright.
Notes: Mets 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in the fifth inning for arguing a called third strike. ... New York has hit homers in consecutive at-bats twice this season. The other came April 10 at Atlanta, when Beltran and Cliff Floyd did it. ... Colorado SS Desi Relaford was 0-for-3 and is 2-for-34 in July.