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New York at Colorado

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N.Y. Mets (46-36)200100000372
Colorado (41-43) «42041000x11181

Rockies 11, Mets 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Playing the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros on their last road trip, the Colorado Rockies were dreadful.

Against the New York teams at home? That's another story.

Former Met Kaz Matsui had a career-high five hits and Ryan Spilborghs hit his first grand slam to lead the Rockies to an 11-3 victory over New York on Tuesday night.

It was a combined fifth straight win for the Rockies over the Yankees and Mets. During that stretch Colorado has outscored them 32-10.

"It's all about New York," Matsui said of playing the Mets and Yankees, who the Rockies swept in a three-game series last month. "New York is center stage and the place everyone is aware of and watches."

In sharp contrast, Colorado was 1-9 against the Blue Jays, Cubs and Astros on its recently completed road trip and was outscored 78-50.

"To be a good team, you upgrade your game against the best," said Garrett Atkins, who added a two-run home run and had three RBI for the Rockies. "The Yankees and Mets are among the best."

Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said there is no good explanation.

"Those things runs in cycles against teams and we just hope it continues," he said.

Matsui, a second baseman who played for the Mets from 2004 to 2006, was 5-for-5, all singles. He was a last minute substitution for Jamey Carroll, who had a sprained wrist.

Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBI for Colorado.

The benefactor of the 18-hit attack was Aaron Cook (5-5), who won for the first time since May 26. Cook had been 0-4 over his previous six starts, but he limited the Mets to three runs, two earned, and seven hits over eight innings.

"I was able to keep the ball down and mix in the breaking ball," said Cook, who induced 18 ground ball outs. "My ball is always going to move. The last couple of games, I've been staying relaxed and focusing on my mechanics."

Colorado, losers of nine of their last 12, did much of its damage against Jason Vargas (0-1), who was called up from Triple A New Orleans to replaced injured starter Oliver Perez. Vargas gave up nine runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"Vargas didn't throw the ball well, obviously," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "It's tough coming into a situation like that when you get a spot start.

"You hope he gives you a little lift a little boost, but tonight from the beginning he didn't really have his good stuff," Randolph said. "He made too many pitches on the plate and any time he did he got hurt."

Ramon Castro was 2-for-3 with a home run for New York, which had won eight of 12.

The Mets scored an unearned run in the first. Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored when third baseman Atkins failed to catch Cook's throw on a comebacker by Ruben Gotay. David Wright's blooper to right over a drawn-in infield made it 2-0.

After Holliday drove in two runs with a single in the first, Atkins made up for his mistake with a two-run homer that barely cleared the fence near the foul pole in left.

Colorado made it 6-2 on Yorvit Torrealba's leadoff homer and a bases loaded walk to Todd Helton in the second.

"Some things didn't go my way but, they usually don't when you're not getting ahead in the count and leaving balls up in the strike zone," Vargas said.

Castro hit a solo shot to left, his fifth homer of the year, with two outs in the fourth inning to make it 6-3.

Joe Smith replaced Vargas after the Rockies loaded the bases with one out in their fourth and Spilborghs cleared the bases with a home run into the Colorado bullpen in right to put the Rockies ahead 10-3.

Atkins added a sacrifice fly in the fifth off Aaron Sele.

Notes

RHP Pedro Martinez threw a 50-pitch simulated game at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. ... In the 11 previous games, Mets starters were 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA. ... Sele's last appearance was June 19. ... Colorado placed RHP Jason Hirsh (sprained right ankle) on the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of RHP Matt Herges from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... The Rockies have four grand slams this season. ... Holliday has a 23-game hitting streak at home. ... Helton has drawn 22 walks in the last 17 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

K. Matsui
AB 5
R 2
H 5
HR 0
RBI 0
Colorado

A. Cook
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 0
K 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4110001 .315
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Ruben Gotay, 2B-SS4110000 .306
Carlos Beltran, CF4000002 .267
David Wright, 3B4011000 .290
Carlos Delgado, 1B4020010 .232
Shawn Green, RF4000012 .271
Ramon Castro, C3121000 .271
Carlos Gomez, LF3000010 .248
Jason Vargas, P1000001 .000
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH1000000 .192
    Aaron Sele, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Valentin, PH1000000 .259
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Damion Easley, 2B0000000 .255
Totals3337203  
a-grounded out for Smith in the 5th
b-lined out for Sele in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ruben Gotay (3, Cook)
HR - Ramon Castro (5, Cook)
RBI - David Wright (45), Ramon Castro (15)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Castro (10)
SB - Jose Reyes (41, 2nd base off Cook/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Gotay-Delgado
E - Damion Easley (5, Throwing), Carlos Gomez (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Jason Vargas (L,0-1) 3.11199222 12.19
Joe Smith 0.2211101 2.94
Aaron Sele 2211110 5.20
Guillermo Mota 1200010 5.00
Scott Schoeneweis 1100020 5.28
IBB - Holliday by Jason Vargas
WP - Jason Vargas (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 87-54, Joe Smith 18-8, Aaron Sele 39-25, Guillermo Mota 20-13, Scott Schoeneweis 25-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 2-6, Joe Smith 1-0, Aaron Sele 3-2, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 23, Joe Smith 4, Aaron Sele 9, Guillermo Mota 5, Scott Schoeneweis 5
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4330001 .320
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF2000002 .357
Kaz Matsui, 2B5250000 .316
Matt Holliday, LF4222102 .349
Todd Helton, 1B3011203 .308
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Garrett Atkins, 3B4223015 .251
Ryan Spilborghs, RF5114025 .301
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5020000 .280
Yorvit Torrealba, C4121100 .243
Aaron Cook, P4000022 .226
   b- Jeff Baker, PH-1B1000012 .229
Totals4111181146  
a-flied out for Taveras in the 7th
b-struck out for Cook in the 8th
Batting
HR - Garrett Atkins (12, Vargas), Ryan Spilborghs (4, Smith), Yorvit Torrealba (4, Vargas)
SF - Garrett Atkins (7)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (67), Todd Helton (41), Garrett Atkins 3 (48), Ryan Spilborghs 4 (23), Yorvit Torrealba (22)
SB - Matt Holliday (4, 2nd base off Vargas/Castro)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton, Matsui-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Garrett Atkins (9, Missed catch of throw)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,5-5) 8732011 4.54
Brian Fuentes 1000020 4.06
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 106-68, Brian Fuentes 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 19-3, Brian Fuentes 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 30, Brian Fuentes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48040
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Travis Reininger, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster