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Rockies fall to Mets; Wright breaks out of slump

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- David Wright knew the symptoms of his slump. Finding the solution was the tough part.

Wright was locked in a 3-for-25 slide, struggling with every at-bat, until he came upon a simple formula to break out of it Friday night.

Take your time.

"I just tried to slow everything down," Wright said after delivering a pair of RBI hits in the New York Mets ' 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. "I recognized pitches better. When you're struggling, you're anxious. I just tried to relax."

It worked.

Wright, whose average had sunk to .304 from a season high .336, delivered a two-out RBI double off Byung-Hyun Kim (7-8) in the third to put the Mets in front 1-0. He also singled in a run in the fifth for a 4-3 lead.

"You just take a deep breath," Wright said. "Working deep in the count is my game. When you're struggling, you want to swing at everything. You want to hit the first pitch you see real hard."

Instead, Wright worked counts and waited for his pitch.

"I felt good," he said. "I felt confident. I wasn't giving away at-bats."

Steve Trachsel (12-5) benefited from the usual run support and won his fourth straight start, working seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three to tie Tom Glavine for the club lead in victories. Trachsel is 10-1 since June 9 -- the most in the major leagues during that span.

"I'm trying to be more efficient, trying to work the hitters," Trachsel said. "My fastball was sharp and my curve and changeup were real good. I haven't faced most of these guys. I tried to locate, work ahead in the count."

Todd Helton, Colorado's best hitter, went 0-for-4.

"He didn't throw anything over the plate to me," Helton said. "He was hitting the corners, changing speeds. He kind of lulls you to sleep a little bit. It's a comfortable out, but you are out."

Chad Bradford worked the eighth and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 29th save in 34 chances.

Trachsel retired 10 of 11 batters following Jamey Carroll's leadoff double in the first. With one out in the fourth, Matt Holliday singled to right and Garrett Atkins followed with his 20th home run of the season for a 2-1 Rockies lead. One out later, Yorvit Torrealba doubled and Clint Barmes was walked intentionally. Kim then delivered an RBI single to center.

The Mets seemed to have a chance to get Torrealba trying to score but Carlos Delgado cut off Carlos Beltran's throw and cut down Barmes at third base for the third out. Torrealba scored before the out was recorded.

Endy Chavez's homer in the bottom of the fourth tied it for New York. It was the third of the season and first since July 25 for Chavez, normally a reserve but pressed into more regular service following the trade of Xavier Nady and Cliff Floyd's Achilles' injury.

"I like to play," Chavez said. "I think I can handle it. It's something I can't control. Whatever the team needs me to do. I don't want to change nothing."

Chris Woodward scored on Chavez's drive and also drove in a run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly. Michael Tucker also doubled in a run for New York.

Notes

  • Colorado SS Barmes robbed Paul Lo Duca of a hit in the fourth with a diving stop of his shot up the middle.
  • Atkins had three hits for the Rockies.
  • Kim threw 90 pitches, 59 for strikes.
  • Plate umpire John Hirschbeck took a foul ball off his mask with Beltran at bat in the sixth but shook it off.
  • Trachsel had two other seven-inning outings this season, May 17 at St. Louis and June 4 against San Francisco.
  • Jose Mesa got his 1,000th career strikeout, fanning Beltran in the ninth.
 
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David Wright admires this RBI single in the fifth. He finishes 2-for-4 with two RBI.  (AP)
David Wright admires this RBI single in the fifth. He finishes 2-for-4 with two RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B5010001 .302
Cory Sullivan, CF3010010 .280
Todd Helton, 1B4000012 .295
Matt Holliday, LF4110011 .327
Garrett Atkins, 3B4132000 .309
Brad Hawpe, RF3000111 .293
Yorvit Torrealba, C3120112 .260
Clint Barmes, SS3000114 .235
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2011010 .179
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000000 .248
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000011 .286
Totals333933812 
a-grounded out for Martin in the 7th
b-struck out for Mesa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (20, Trachsel), Yorvit Torrealba (12, Trachsel)
HR - Garrett Atkins (20, Trachsel)
SH - Cory Sullivan (18)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 2 (84), Byung-Hyun Kim (3)
2-OUT RBI - Byung-Hyun Kim (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Carroll-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim (L,7-8) 4.1866311 4.94
Tom Martin 1.2100110 4.30
Jose Mesa 2200010 3.46
HBP - Woodward (by Byung-Hyun Kim)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 90-59, Tom Martin 32-20, Jose Mesa 14-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 7-5, Tom Martin 1-3, Jose Mesa 3-1
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 25, Tom Martin 7, Jose Mesa 7
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5010000 .297
Paul Lo Duca, C5000001 .308
Carlos Beltran, CF3220210 .291
Carlos Delgado, 1B2110201 .254
David Wright, 3B4122002 .305
Michael Tucker, LF4011002 .238
Chris Woodward, 2B2121000 .233
Endy Chavez, RF4122001 .298
Steve Trachsel, P3000023 .098
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1000001 .212
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals3361164311 
a-flied out for Trachsel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (32, Martin), David Wright (31, Kim), Michael Tucker (2, Kim)
HR - Endy Chavez (3, Kim)
SF - Chris Woodward (2)
RBI - David Wright 2 (88), Michael Tucker (4), Chris Woodward (16), Endy Chavez 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (34)
SB - Carlos Beltran (15, 3rd base off Martin/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Woodward-Reyes-Delgado
New York Mets
Steve Trachsel (W,12-5) 7733361 4.79
Chad Bradford (H,9) 1100000 3.00
Billy Wagner (S,29) 1100020 2.35
IBB - Barmes by Steve Trachsel
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 106-63, Chad Bradford 10-9, Billy Wagner 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 7-6, Chad Bradford 1-2
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 29, Chad Bradford 4, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35325
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor