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Rockies' De La Rosa wins seventh consecutive start, beats Mets

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- For Johan Santana, it was just another outstanding July. To Jorge De La Rosa, it was a second month in a row to remember.

De La Rosa set a franchise record by winning his seventh consecutive start and the Colorado Rockies beat New York 4-2 on Thursday night, earning a split in the day-night doubleheader and snapping the Mets' five-game winning streak.

"I feel great. I feel more relaxed right now," De La Rosa (9-7) said. "I think I'm pitching very good so I just have to be focused every game I go out and pitch."

The Mets won the opener 7-0 behind Santana, who struck out eight in seven sharp innings. Angel Berroa had a two-run double in New York's five-run second and David Wright also drove in two runs.

  Game 1: Mets 7, Rockies 0

In the second game, Clint Barmes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and De La Rosa pitched 6 1/3 solid innings for the Rockies, who avoided a four-game series sweep with the victory in the makeup of Wednesday night's rainout. Troy Tulowitzki had a nice all-around night cap, robbing Luis Castillo of a hit with a great play at shortstop and contributing a couple of key at-bats.

"It was a big win, one of our bigger ones," Tulowitzki said.

Fernando Tatis had an outstanding diving catch in left and a solo homer for the Mets, who finished with just six hits.

Jeff Francoeur's fourth-inning sacrifice fly gave New York the lead but Ryan Spilborghs singled in Tulowitzki in the sixth, tying it at 1 and ending Colorado's scoreless streak at 27 innings. It was the Mets' longest shutout streak since a 28-inning stretch from May 22-26, 2004.

  Mets: GM Minaya apologizes, reporter accepts

The Rockies went ahead for good in the seventh. De La Rosa hit a leadoff double off Jonathon Niese (1-1). After Tatis robbed Seth Smith of his third hit, Barmes belted a drive to left for his 14th homer.

Niese departed after Todd Helton singled and Tulowitzki hit Brian Stokes' first pitch off the wall in left for a run-scoring triple, increasing Colorado's lead to 4-1.

"I made a few mistakes and they made me pay for them," Niese said.

De La Rosa surrendered Tatis' sixth homer in the bottom half and left after Daniel Murphy flied out. The left-hander yielded three hits to improve to 9-1 in his last 10 starts, the only loss coming on June 16 against Tampa Bay. He is 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in six games this month, including his only relief appearance of the year on July 12 against Atlanta.

"Jorge De La Rosa was terrific," manager Jim Tracy said. "He kept us in the game."

Four relievers combined to finish, with Huston Street working the ninth for his 26th save.

Notes

  • Mets general manager Omar Minaya has apologized to a beat reporter for questioning his motives and credibility during a bizarre news conference Monday. The writer accepted the apology, saying the GM's "remorse was sincere" when they met Wednesday.
  • Mets C Brian Schneider got a cortisone shot for his balky left knee on Wednesday and is expected to play Friday night against Arizona.
  • The Mets designated RHP Elmer Dessens for assignment and recalled C Robinson Cancel from Triple-A Buffalo for some insurance behind the plate.
  • Tulowitzki is batting .588 (10 for 17) over his last six games.
 
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Jorge De La Rosa makes sure the Rockies avoid a sweep and improves his July stats to 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA.  (AP)
Jorge De La Rosa makes sure the Rockies avoid a sweep and improves his July stats to 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

F. Tatis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4020011 .296
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Dexter Fowler, PH1000000 .252
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Clint Barmes, 2B4112011 .260
Todd Helton, 1B5110002 .321
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3111102 .264
Brad Hawpe, RF2000200 .314
Ryan Spilborghs, CF-LF4011002 .246
Garrett Atkins, 3B2010101 .223
    Ian Stewart, 3B1000000 .225
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010121 .244
Jorge De La Rosa, P3110014 .111
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .500
   b- Carlos Gonzalez, PH-CF1000010 .223
Totals3349456  
a-flied out for Betancourt in the 9th
b-struck out for Morales in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (9, Niese), Yorvit Torrealba (4, Niese), Jorge De La Rosa (1, Niese)
3B - Troy Tulowitzki (5, Stokes)
HR - Clint Barmes (14, Niese)
SH - Clint Barmes (3)
RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (51), Troy Tulowitzki (49), Ryan Spilborghs (36)
CS - Ryan Spilborghs (5, 2nd base by Niese/Santos)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,9-7) 6.1322351 4.68
Matt Daley (H,6) 0.1100000 3.41
Franklin Morales (H,3) 0.1000000 2.30
Rafael Betancourt (H,9) 1100000 3.24
Huston Street (S,26) 1100020 2.49
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 102-58, Matt Daley 9-5, Franklin Morales 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 16-11, Huston Street 17-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 6-7, Huston Street 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 24, Matt Daley 2, Franklin Morales 1, Rafael Betancourt 4, Huston Street 4
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4010000 .301
Luis Castillo, 2B3000110 .302
David Wright, 3B4120012 .325
Jeff Francoeur, RF3001002 .260
Fernando Tatis, LF4111020 .242
Daniel Murphy, 1B2000200 .247
Angel Berroa, SS3000012 .128
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1010000 .261
Omir Santos, C4010012 .264
Jonathon Niese, P2000010 .125
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeremy Reed, PH0000000 .262
   c- Robinson Cancel, PH1000001 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals3126237  
a-singled for Berroa in the 9th
b-announced for Stokes in the 7th
c-popped out for Reed in the 7th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (6, De La Rosa), David Wright (29, De La Rosa), Omir Santos (9, Daley)
HR - Fernando Tatis (6, De La Rosa)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (7)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (52), Fernando Tatis (25)
SB - Angel Pagan (7, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Torrealba), David Wright (22, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Torrealba)
CS - Angel Pagan (1, Home by De La Rosa/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Castillo-Murphy
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese (L,1-1) 6.1844431 4.50
Brian Stokes 0.2100100 3.40
Sean Green 1000020 4.73
Bobby Parnell 1000010 3.86
IBB - Hawpe by Brian Stokes
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 100-65, Brian Stokes 9-3, Sean Green 18-10, Bobby Parnell 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-10, Brian Stokes 1-0, Sean Green 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 30, Brian Stokes 3, Sean Green 3, Bobby Parnell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38962
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mike Estabrook