Colorado at New York

N.Y. Mets
W: J. Fogg (1-1) L: M. Pelfrey (0-2)
HR: COL - J. Mabry (1)   NYM - None

Taveras, Helton ignite Rockies' rout of Mets

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- Benched for two days, Willy Taveras languished in the Colorado dugout, trying to find his way out of a slump that had dropped his batting average as low as .135.

"I know what I can do," the Rockies center fielder said. "I know what I have. I just need to work hard on my game."

Restored to the top of the batting order on Wednesday, Taveras had five of Colorado's season-high 20 hits as the Rockies broke out of an offensive drought in an 11-5 rout of the New York Mets.

Todd Helton had four hits and three RBI and John Mabry added a three-run homer for the Rockies, who salvaged the victory after managing just one run in each of the first two games of the series against the Mets.

Twice, Taveras beat out bunts to energize big innings for the Rockies.

"When I was benched, I worked real hard with the hitting coach," Taveras said. "It worked for the better. I was ready to play. You want to have good at-bats. You want to contribute."

Manager Clint Hurdle saw the difference.

"He was much more polished at the plate today," Hurdle said. "It's not many days you show up at the ballpark and have five hits."

For the Rockies, it was a welcome change. The team has been struggling offensively and a measure of that was Mabry's three-run homer in a five-run third inning against Mike Pelfrey (0-2).

It was just the eighth homer all season for Colorado, lowest team total in the major leagues. And the five runs in one inning were more than the Rockies had scored in any game in the last week. The team had scored more than five runs in a game just five times in 21 games before Wednesday

"We needed to come out and play a good game, bust out with the bats," Hurdle said. "Mabry's home loosened us up a bit, no doubt."

Josh Fogg (1-1) retired the first nine New York batters and contributed a pair of singles. He scored twice as the Rockies roughed up Pelfrey.

The Mets' first-round draft choice blamed himself.

"I just kept throwing fastballs," Pelfrey said. "They kept hitting it and I kept throwing it. Maybe I'm too stubborn."

The Rockies pushed across a run in the first when Troy Tulowitzki walked, stole second and scored on Helton's bloop single to center.

Colorado then tagged Pelfrey for five runs in the third, bunching four singles for two runs before Mabry broke open the game with his home run.

Fogg opened the inning with a single and Taveras beat out a bunt, setting up RBI singles by Matt Holliday and Helton. Mabry then hit his first home run.

Colorado was back for more in the fourth against reliever Aaron Sele. Again, Fogg opened with a single and Taveras beat out another bunt. The runners moved up on a sacrifice before Holliday drove in two runs with a single, and Helton's double made it 9-0.

In the fifth, Brad Hawpe opened with a double and scored on Taveras' two-out single. Helton doubled in the sixth and scored on a single by Mabry.

At 11-0, the Mets were in too deep a hole to climb out. They scored three runs in the sixth on a two-out, bases-loaded double by Shawn Green. Endy Chavez added a two-run double in the ninth.

Jose Reyes had two doubles and two singles for New York. He would've had a fifth hit, too, but Taveras sprinted into the left-center field gap and caught Reyes' first-inning drive near the wall.

Fogg took a shutout into the sixth inning, a turnaround from his last start when he was tagged for 11 hits and eight runs in just three innings against San Diego.


  • SS Tulowitzki made a diving catch to rob Ramon Castro of a hit in the third.
  • Pelfrey allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings.
  • Castro was thrown out trying to score on pinch-hitter Damion Easley's two-out double in the fifth.
  • The 11 runs matched a season-high for the Rockies.
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Willy Taveras gets out of a slump with five hits and sparks Colorado's season-high 20 hits in a game. (AP)
Willy Taveras gets out of a slump with five hits and sparks Colorado's season-high 20 hits in a game. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Helton
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

W. Taveras
AB 6
R 2
H 5
HR 0

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Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF6251000 .259
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4100115 .185
Matt Holliday, LF4223001 .393
    Jeff Baker, LF1010000 .286
Todd Helton, 1B5243001 .365
John Mabry, 3B5124023 .200
Brad Hawpe, RF5120011 .257
Chris Iannetta, C4020123 .167
Clint Barmes, 2B5000014 .105
Josh Fogg, P4220012 .250
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
   a- Steve Finley, PH1000000 .140
    Zach McClellan, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Martin in the 9th
2B - Todd Helton 2 (6, Sele, Burgos), Brad Hawpe (6, Sele)
HR - John Mabry (1, Pelfrey)
SH - Troy Tulowitzki (1)
RBI - Willy Taveras (2), Matt Holliday 3 (14), Todd Helton 3 (14), John Mabry 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Willy Taveras (1), Todd Helton (5)
SB - Troy Tulowitzki (1, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg (W,1-1) 7833150 5.79
Tom Martin 1100010 0.00
Zach McClellan 1322020 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 102-62, Tom Martin 11-10, Zach McClellan 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 5-10, Tom Martin 1-1, Zach McClellan 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 29, Tom Martin 4, Zach McClellan 6
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5240000 .356
Endy Chavez, LF5122002 .412
Carlos Beltran, CF5020001 .337
Carlos Delgado, 1B4000025 .193
David Wright, 3B3100103 .263
Shawn Green, RF4023011 .351
Ramon Castro, C4000022 .286
Jose Valentin, 2B4110011 .281
Mike Pelfrey, P0000000 .000
   a- David Newhan, PH1000010 .200
    Aaron Sele, P0000000 .000
   b- Damion Easley, PH1010001 .250
    Ambiorix Burgos, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1000000 .250
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   d- Moises Alou, PH1000011 .377
a-struck out for Pelfrey in the 3rd
b-doubled for Sele in the 5th
c-flied out for Burgos in the 7th
d-struck out for Smith in the 9th
2B - Jose Reyes 2 (6, Fogg, McClellan), Endy Chavez (2, McClellan), Carlos Beltran (8, Martin), Shawn Green (8, Fogg), Damion Easley (1, Fogg)
RBI - Endy Chavez 2 (3), Shawn Green 3 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Endy Chavez 2 (3), Shawn Green 3 (10)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Reyes-Valentin-Delgado, Valentin-Reyes
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,0-2) 3866111 7.90
Aaron Sele 2644110 6.00
Ambiorix Burgos 2311030 3.97
Pedro Feliciano 1200020 0.00
Joe Smith 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 61-38, Aaron Sele 34-22, Ambiorix Burgos 32-22, Pedro Feliciano 16-12, Joe Smith 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 3-4, Aaron Sele 2-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 17, Aaron Sele 12, Ambiorix Burgos 9, Pedro Feliciano 5, Joe Smith 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33522
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck