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Depleted Rockies drop slumping Mets

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DENVER -- John Maine on the mound facing essentially a Triple-A lineup. It appeared to be the perfect pick-me-up for Mets manager Willie Randolph.

Aaron Cook and Seth Smith would have none of it.

The Colorado Rockies beat New York 4-1 on Sunday when Smith hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot to back an impressive start by Cook (7-3). The right-hander allowed four hits, all singles, in his seventh career complete game and first since July 25.

"We're not up here filling space," said Smith, one of four recent call-ups in Colorado's starting lineup. "We're not up here just waiting until they get back. We're here to help this team win baseball games."

Awaiting the embattled Randolph back home Monday is a meeting with ownership amid speculation that his job is in jeopardy.

Randolph said he has no trepidation.

"No, just looking to win a ballgame," he said. "We got the Marlins coming in, they're in our division, looking forward to getting back on the right track."

Does he expect to still be the manager after his meeting?

"I don't see why not," he said.

After a losing streak that dropped the Mets (23-25) below .500, general manager Omar Minaya made a surprise visit Friday to Coors Field and issued a tepid statement of support for Randolph to reporters. Randolph, however, said his boss gave him no similar assurances behind closed doors.

The Mets have dropped six of seven and nine of 13. They averaged only 2.4 runs in their past seven games.

The Rockies know all about spoiled expectations. After winning their first pennant last year, the Rockies expected a strong start in 2008, but they've been foiled by poor pitching, lousy hitting and an injury bug that keeps claiming victims.

Prior to Sunday's game, the Rockies placed slugger Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He joined a crowded list of injured players for the defending NL champions, who put shortstop Clint Barmes (knee) and right fielder Brad Hawpe (hamstring) on the DL on Saturday.

Barmes was the team's leading hitter at .343 after taking over for Troy Tulowitzki, out until midseason with a torn left quadriceps tendon.

To make matters worse, third baseman Garrett Atkins was out of the lineup for the second straight day Sunday with a stiff neck, as was center fielder Willy Taveras (knee).

Maine (5-4) handled the makeshift lineup with ease at first, allowing no hits until Smith sent a 2-2 fastball over the right-field wall in the fourth following a walk and an error by shortstop Jose Reyes. Smith's drive gave Colorado a 3-1 lead.

Maine, who also gave up a sacrifice fly to Yorvit Torrealba in the sixth, allowed four runs, three earned, and three hits in six innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters.

The Mets' run came on Reyes' RBI single in the third. Otherwise, Cook was nearly untouchable. He walked one and struck out three in the first complete game by a Rockies pitcher since Jeff Francis did it last Aug. 29 against San Francisco.

The Rockies' lineup included four players who started the season at Triple-A: Smith, Jon Herrera, Ian Stewart and Omar Quintanilla, plus two players who aren't normally starters in Scott Podsednik and Ryan Spilborghs.

"That doesn't mean anything, they are ballplayers," Mets slugger Carlos Beltran said. "I know there's a lot of players in different positions that we didn't know, but that doesn't mean anything, they are capable of playing here and they won."

Back home, Randolph will get a chance to explain to Fred and Jeff Wilpon his recent comments about his portrayal on Mets broadcasts in which he raised the issue of race, Minaya said. Randolph has apologized for his comments.

"I think it's over," Minaya said Sunday. "Once Willie apologized, that's it."

Asked if the owners needed to say anything to Randolph about his comments, Minaya said: "I don't think so. We need to move forward and focus on getting the team better."

Minaya said he took Randolph and his coaching staff out to dinner after Saturday night's victory. He also said he appreciated Randolph's attitude when the manager joked about his boss' arrival in Denver by saying he spotted Minaya sharpening his machete.

"I'm a believer of being in a good mood and staying positive," Minaya said. "Be yourself and be positive. "I'm pretty sure he was joking. For me, joking about things, that's baseball."

None of the Mets were smiling as they trudged out of Coors Field for their flight home, having lost a series to an injury-riddled team that's 20-30.

As they left, Beltran said the Mets aren't fretting over Randolph's fate.

"What happens in the front office, there is nothing we can do about it," he said. "We just need to continue to come to the ballpark and play hard and try to win ballgames. Whatever happens, happens. We're employees here. We just need to basically forget about this road trip, it was a horrible road trip for us."

Notes

  • The seven combined hits matched the lowest output in Coors Field history.
  • Smith is 6-for-14 in nine regular-season major league games.
 
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The Rockies aren't intimidated by the more experienced Mets, taking two of three.  (AP)
The Rockies aren't intimidated by the more experienced Mets, taking two of three. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

A. Cook
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4011001 .272
Luis Castillo, 2B4000001 .252
David Wright, 3B4000010 .277
Carlos Beltran, CF4010000 .256
Carlos Delgado, 1B2000100 .219
Brian Schneider, C3010012 .266
Nick Evans, LF2000001 .500
   a- Ryan Church, PH1000012 .311
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Matt Wise, P0000000 .000
Endy Chavez, RF3110000 .188
John Maine, P1000000 .105
    Fernando Tatis, LF1000000 .364
Totals2914113  
a-struck out for Evans in the 7th
Batting
SH - John Maine (4)
RBI - Jose Reyes (21)
PK - Jose Reyes (2, Cook)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Castillo-Delgado
E - Carlos Delgado (6, Misplayed grounder), Jose Reyes (6, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
John Maine (L,5-4) 6343481 3.41
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1000100 1.42
Matt Wise 0.2000000 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 121-73, Scott Schoeneweis 21-11, Matt Wise 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 6-5, Scott Schoeneweis 3-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 26, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Matt Wise 2
Colorado Rockies
Scott Podsednik, CF-LF3000112 .265
Jon Herrera, 2B4000011 .263
Todd Helton, 1B3210101 .272
Ryan Spilborghs, LF-RF4100012 .291
Seth Smith, RF2113110 .167
    Cory Sullivan, CF1000000 .000
Ian Stewart, 3B3010010 .167
Yorvit Torrealba, C2001000 .216
Omar Quintanilla, SS2000122 .250
Aaron Cook, P1000110 .227
Totals2543458  
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (10, Maine)
HR - Seth Smith (1, Maine)
SF - Yorvit Torrealba (1)
SH - Aaron Cook (5)
RBI - Seth Smith 3 (3), Yorvit Torrealba (12)
CS - Scott Podsednik (1, 2nd base by Maine/Schneider)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cook-Quintanilla-Helton
E - Ian Stewart (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,7-3) 9411130 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 118-72
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 16-7
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 31
Game Information
Attendance - 42123
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Chad Fairchild