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Rockies' Iannetta hits walk-off HR in 10th to sink Mets

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DENVER -- Chris Iannetta handed the New York Mets a chance to win the game. The Mets, though, handed it right back.

The Colorado catcher's throwing error in the ninth inning let the Mets tie it. But once again, New York let a scoring opportunity pass, leaving runners on second and third in the top of the 10th.

Ianetta led off the bottom half with a home run to give Colorado a 6-5 win Wednesday night.

"For him it's great because he's a guy that works so hard," said Ryan Spilborghs, who also homered. "For him to see results like that, it's great."

In the ninth, Gary Matthews Jr. began with a single off closer Franklin Morales, stole second and took third when Iannetta's throw went into center. After Jose Reyes struck out, Luis Castillo scored Matthews with a sacrifice fly.

"I tried to put it around the bag and I threw it short," Iannetta said. "Nine out of 10 times the middle infielders get that, that's why I don't mind bouncing the ball to second base.

"I showed emotion but at soon it was over I let it go. It's part of being a catcher. It's tough at times."

It's been tough at the plate for the catcher, too. Iannetta entered the game 1 for 12 but broke out of the early-season slump with three hits. He capped the night when he sent a pitch from Jenrry Mejia (0-1) into the centerfield bleachers to give the Rockies their third straight win and send the Mets to their fourth loss in a row.

"You're going to go through 12 at-bats over the course of the year where you're not going to have success," he said. "My biggest thing was try not to make too much of it. I was just looking for something over the plate and put a good swing on it."

Iannetta got the chance to win it when Randy Flores (1-0) came on for Manny Corpas and retired pinch-hitter Alex Cora with runners on second and third in the top of the 10th.

"I didn't mind that matchup at all," said manager Jerry Manuel, whose Mets are 12 for 72 (.167) with runners in scoring position.

"We haven't done well hitting with runners in scoring position," Manuel said. "We have to do better in that area."

Jeff Francoeur and David Wright homered for the Mets.

New York cut the lead to 5-4 on Rod Barajas' two-out RBI single in the eighth.

The Mets took a 3-1 lead in the third when Castillo singled with one out and Wright hit his third homer of the season off Aaron Cook.

Colorado answered in the bottom of the third off Mets starter Jonathon Niese. Todd Helton doubled with one out, Troy Tulowitzki walked and Spilborghs drove Niese's 2-2 fastball over the centerfield wall to make it 4-3.

The Rockies made it 5-3 in the fourth when Cook scored on Dexter Fowler's single. He also led off the sixth with a double but was stranded.

Cook was in line for his first win of the season after giving up three runs on four hits and striking out four in six innings.

"I didn't have a great sinker today," Cook said. "I just tried to keep the team in the game as long as I could."

Niese allowed five runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked one in five innings.

The Mets scored first when Francoeur hit Cook's first pitch in the top of the second down the left-field line for his third home run of the season. The Rockies tied it in the bottom half of the inning on Clint Barmes' one-out double that scored Ian Stewart from second base.

"These are frustrating loses," Wright said. "We fought back, didn't get the hit when we needed it and it's another loss."

Notes

  • Francoeur has hit safely in all eight of New York's games this season and has seven extra-base hits.
  • Colorado OF Brad Hawpe didn't start because of tightness in his left thigh but pinch-hit in the eighth. He could return to the starting lineup Friday in Atlanta.
  • Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (left hamstring tightness) missed his second straight game.
  • The Mets have not allowed an unearned run this season.
 
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Entering the game with just one hit on the season, Chris Iannetta's (3 for 5) bat finally comes to life.  (AP)
Entering the game with just one hit on the season, Chris Iannetta's (3 for 5) bat finally comes to life. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000012 .222
Luis Castillo, 2B3111100 .211
David Wright, 3B5112033 .308
Jason Bay, LF5110022 .258
Mike Jacobs, 1B3010203 .167
    Fernando Tatis, PR-1B0000000 .267
Jeff Francoeur, RF3111202 .429
Rod Barajas, C5021002 .241
Angel Pagan, CF3000002 .250
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000001 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Cora, PH1000002 .190
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
Jonathon Niese, P2000001 .000
    Gary Matthews Jr., CF2110000 .176
Totals3858556  
a-flied out for Nieve in the 8th
b-lined out for Igarashi in the 10th
Batting
2B - Mike Jacobs (1, Corpas)
HR - David Wright (3, Cook), Jeff Francoeur (3, Cook)
SF - Luis Castillo (2)
RBI - Luis Castillo (3), David Wright 2 (6), Jeff Francoeur (7), Rod Barajas (6)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (1)
SB - Jose Reyes (1, 3rd base off Cook/Iannetta), Jason Bay (1, 2nd base off Betancourt/Iannetta), Gary Matthews Jr. (1, 3rd base off Morales/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Jacobs-Reyes
E - Mike Jacobs (1, Throwing)
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese 5955121 6.55
Raul Valdes 1100020 0.00
Fernando Nieve 1100010 5.06
Pedro Feliciano 1000100 0.00
Ryota Igarashi 1000010 0.00
Jenrry Mejia (L,0-1)0111001 4.50
HBP - Smith (by Jonathon Niese), Stewart (by Jonathon Niese)
WP - Fernando Nieve (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 99-61, Raul Valdes 19-12, Fernando Nieve 18-12, Pedro Feliciano 20-11, Ryota Igarashi 15-9, Jenrry Mejia 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 5-7, Fernando Nieve 2-1, Pedro Feliciano 2-1, Ryota Igarashi 1-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 26, Raul Valdes 4, Fernando Nieve 5, Pedro Feliciano 4, Ryota Igarashi 3, Jenrry Mejia 1
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF4000004 .200
Dexter Fowler, CF4010112 .214
Todd Helton, 1B5120013 .333
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4100111 .212
Ryan Spilborghs, RF5123010 .333
Ian Stewart, 3B4110000 .367
Chris Iannetta, C5131002 .235
Clint Barmes, 2B4011024 .250
Aaron Cook, P3120002 .400
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Brad Hawpe, PH1000000 .333
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
Totals39612526  
a-grounded out for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (2, Niese), Clint Barmes (3, Niese), Aaron Cook 2 (2, Niese, Valdes)
HR - Ryan Spilborghs (1, Niese), Chris Iannetta (2, Mejia)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 3 (4), Chris Iannetta (2), Clint Barmes (6)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Todd Helton (1, Misplayed grounder), Chris Iannetta (1, Throwing), Ian Stewart (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 6433442 5.56
Matt Daley (H,3) 1000010 0.00
Rafael Betancourt (H,3) 1211000 1.80
Franklin Morales (BS,1) 1110010 2.25
Manuel Corpas 0.2100100 1.59
Randy Flores (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Francoeur by Manuel Corpas
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 103-58, Matt Daley 18-12, Rafael Betancourt 14-11, Franklin Morales 15-9, Manuel Corpas 16-7, Randy Flores 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 9-5, Matt Daley 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-2, Manuel Corpas 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 26, Matt Daley 4, Rafael Betancourt 5, Franklin Morales 4, Manuel Corpas 4, Randy Flores 1
Game Information
Attendance - 26310
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Ron Kulpa