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Helton drives in three as Rockies snap five-game slide

CBSSports.com wire reports

DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez can't tell whether he's lucky or cursed -- or if his left palm is healed or not.

Gonzalez and Todd Helton both homered into the smoky sky as the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night in a game that featured a wild first inning with Gonzalez right in the middle of it.

The NL wild-card leaders moved a game ahead of San Francisco, which lost 1-0 at Philadelphia, as they started a 10-game homestand against losing teams.

Gonzalez's left palm isn't swollen anymore but it's still purple after he jammed it last week. And it still has the stitches he needed to close a gash from a steak knife a few days earlier.

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But he said he'll put up with the pain for the playoff push.

Gonzalez didn't want to dive again, however, as he did last week when he re-injured the hand. So when Luis Castillo hit a sinking liner to center field in the first inning, Gonzalez let it drop in front of him - then threw the lead runner out at second base.

Angel Pagan, who led off with a single, was running on the pitch and didn't see Castillo's one-hopper to Gonzalez. He mistakenly thought Gonzalez caught the ball on the fly, and started sprinting back to first.

Gonzalez threw him out, which denied Castillo a single and rendered the play a fielder's choice.

"That kind of helped bail us out a little bit," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We'd have had a much deeper hole to climb out of."

The Mets ended up with two runs that inning, a lead that was erased in the second when Gonzalez hit a two-run homer that sliced through the haze that meteorologists blamed on the California wildfires more than 800 miles away and landed in the second deck in right field for a 3-2 Colorado lead.

"He's back and he's the Carlos Gonzalez that we had before he hurt his hand," Tracy said.

It helped that Pagan goofed up.

"He lost sight of the ball and didn't pick up the coaches," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "Just his brain locked up on him. Had a good jump on it, stolen base, Luis puts the ball in play. It could have been a really potential big inning for us."

Gonzalez's luck didn't last long.

David Wright, fresh off the disabled list, put runners at the corners with a single and Jeff Francoeur lined out to Gonzalez, whose throw to the plate appeared to have Castillo nailed by several steps before hitting the pitching rubber and sailing over the head of catcher Yorvit Torrealba, allowing Castillo to score easily on the sacrifice fly.

"That was a great throw. I think I had a chance to get the guy out at home plate and save a run," Gonzalez said. "That was really hard for me when the ball hit the mound."

Gonzalez was charged with an error because Wright advanced to second base on the wild hop, and he came around to score on a double by Fernando Tatis, making it 2-0.

"Oh, it was a crazy inning because they got four hits and they could have not scored any runs but for the throw," Gonzalez said. "But there's nothing you can do about that. That's baseball."

The Rockies got a run back in the bottom half when Garrett Atkins drew a bases-loaded walk off right-hander Mike Pelfrey (9-10), who lasted just four innings.

"I thought that was a really big at-bat," Helton said. "It made us kind of relax a little and say, 'You know what, we can score some runs off this guy."'

Jorge De La Rosa (13-9) settled down from his shaky start, allowing just one unearned run and four hits in six innings, and the Rockies chased Pelfrey early, tagging him for seven runs, six earned, on six hits in four innings, including Helton's 14th homer.

His three-run shot in the fourth made it 7-2.

Wright was activated from the 15-day disabled list and played his first game for the Mets since getting hit in the head by a pitch from San Francisco's Matt Cain on Aug. 15. Wright went 1 for 3.

"I felt surprisingly good considering I missed the last couple of weeks," Wright said.

Wearing his bulky, new protective batting helmet, Wright helped New York take a 2-0 lead in the wild first inning when he singled and scored.

"Obviously, I don't care what I look like," said Wright, razzed by fans and players alike. "If it provides more safety I'm all for that. Maybe I've got an odd-shaped head."


  • Torrealba extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Jason Giambi made his Rockies -- and NL -- debut in the seventh when he batted for the pitcher with the bases loaded and drew a four-pitch walk from Sean Green.
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It's a picture-perfect looking swing ... and it is, as Todd Helton powers one out of the park. (AP)
It's a picture-perfect looking swing ... and it is, as Todd Helton powers one out of the park. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Helton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. De La Rosa
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 6

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New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4021001 .298
Luis Castillo, 2B4100013 .308
David Wright, 3B3110122 .324
Jeff Francoeur, RF3001021 .269
Fernando Tatis, 1B4011001 .263
Nick Evans, LF3010100 .235
Omir Santos, C4000023 .263
Anderson Hernandez, SS3000000 .255
   a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .259
Mike Pelfrey, P1000000 .093
   b- Wilson Valdez, PH0000100 .244
    Lance Broadway, P0000000 .000
   c- Cory Sullivan, PH1110000 .267
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Ken Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   d- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .243
a-lined out for A. Hernandez in the 9th
b-walked for Pelfrey in the 5th
c-tripled for Broadway in the 7th
d-grounded out for Takahashi in the 9th
2B - Fernando Tatis (17, De La Rosa), Nick Evans (5, De La Rosa)
3B - Angel Pagan (8, Daley), Cory Sullivan (5, Daley)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (8)
RBI - Angel Pagan (27), Jeff Francoeur (65), Fernando Tatis (37)
2-OUT RBI - Fernando Tatis (6)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Wright-Castillo-Tatis, Tatis
E - Anderson Hernandez (9, Misplayed grounder), Angel Pagan (2, Throwing)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,9-10) 4676542 5.03
Lance Broadway 2200020 4.71
Sean Green 0.1211200 5.15
Ken Takahashi 1.2100010 2.82
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 96-55, Lance Broadway 27-18, Sean Green 20-8, Ken Takahashi 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-3, Lance Broadway 4-0, Ken Takahashi 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 23, Lance Broadway 8, Sean Green 5, Ken Takahashi 5
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4212113 .289
Seth Smith, LF4330110 .303
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF0000000 .254
Todd Helton, 1B4123100 .327
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5010003 .283
Brad Hawpe, RF4000112 .296
Garrett Atkins, 3B3121100 .229
Clint Barmes, 2B4010014 .243
Yorvit Torrealba, C3110120 .279
Jorge De La Rosa, P1000010 .149
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1000000 .250
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH0001100 .193
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for De La Rosa in the 6th
b-walked for Daley in the 7th
2B - Seth Smith (12, Broadway)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (9, Pelfrey), Todd Helton (14, Pelfrey)
SH - Jorge De La Rosa (5)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (21), Todd Helton 3 (73), Garrett Atkins (40), Jason Giambi (41)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins (22)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (10, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Santos)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1
E - Carlos Gonzalez (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,13-9) 6421360 4.60
Matt Daley 1211010 3.89
Rafael Betancourt 1000000 3.05
Huston Street 1000000 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 100-50, Matt Daley 28-22, Rafael Betancourt 12-7, Huston Street 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 7-5, Matt Daley 2-0, Huston Street 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Matt Daley 5, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26190
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Brian Knight