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Beltran's career-high 3 HRs help Mets rip Rockies

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DENVER -- Carlos Beltran delivered three big blows and fueled a New York Mets offense that was missing some of its biggest bats.

Beltran hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to help the Mets beat scuffling Ubaldo Jimenez and the Colorado Rockies 9-5 on Thursday in a game delayed more than two hours by rain.

Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and reached all parts of the ballpark with his three two-run homers: straightaway center in the first, deep left in the seventh and into the right-field seats in the ninth.

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This was quite a gratifying afternoon for a player who's been hampered in recent seasons with knee injuries. He felt like a kid again.

"I never smile a lot, but I was smiling," Beltran said. "It's going to be a day I'll never forget."

The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Mets player to hit three in a game, and first since Jose Reyes on Aug. 15, 2006, at Philadelphia.

And the Mets needed all his offense, too, especially with first baseman Ike Davis going on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained left ankle and bone bruise, and with third baseman David Wright sitting out to rest a sore neck and back.

"He was a one-man wrecking crew today," Wright said. "That's a monster day."

Reyes hit a two-run single in the fourth that chased Jimenez (0-3) from the game and kept the Rockies ace searching for his elusive first win of the season. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his shortest stint of the season, surrendering five runs and three hits while tying a career high with six walks.

"I was trying to be a little bit too fine," Jimenez explained. "I was trying to hit the corners instead of throwing the ball down the middle and making them swing the bat."

With San Francisco beating Arizona earlier in the day, Colorado fell out of at least a tie for the lead in the NL West for the first time since April 5. The Rockies have now dropped six of their last seven contests, including two of three against the Mets, a team they swept in a four-game series at Citi Field last month.

"We deserved to fall out of first place today with the way we played," Todd Helton said. "Hopefully, it will be a wake-up call for us and we'll turn it around soon."

Relying on his curveball, Jonathon Niese (2-4) was solid for 6 1/3 innings, allowing solo homers to Jonathan Herrera and Helton.

Niese was pulled with one out in the seventh as the lefty gave up three straight singles, including a run-scoring liner up the middle by pinch-hitter Alfredo Amezaga. Michael O'Connor came in and allowed a two-run double to Seth Smith, cutting New York's lead to 7-5.

Former Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz stopped the rally by getting Troy Tulowitzki to line out to deep left with two outs and two on.

Tulowitzki had been swinging a hot bat against the Mets, too -- five of his nine homers this season have been against New York hurlers.

Jason Isringhausen pitched a rocky eighth, giving up a walk and a single to begin the inning.

Dexter Fowler, sore left knee and all, bunted the runners into scoring position. But Isringhausen settled down, striking out Jose Morales and inducing pinch-hitter Jason Giambi to fly out to center.

Beltran's third homer of the game in the ninth gave the Mets a four-run cushion, making Francisco Rodriguez's appearance a non-save situation.

The game was delayed for 2 hours, 10 minutes as a spring storm moved through the area for a second straight day. The mixture of rain and snow that fell Wednesday led to the finale of the three-game series being pushed back 24 hours, keeping the Mets in the Mile High City an extra night and leaving the team scrambling to locate an extra night's lodging as they switched hotels.

The Mets were forced to juggle around their lineup Thursday with Davis out and Wright resting.

Daniel Murphy, who has been playing second, moved to first, and Justin Turner took over Murphy's spot. Willie Harris started in place of Wright and helped set the table for Beltran's blasts. He was on base ahead of Beltran each time, finishing the game with three walks and a single.

It didn't take long for the Mets to jump all over a struggling Jimenez. After Harris walked in the first, Beltran drove a 93-mph fastball to deep center.

Beltran was just getting started, crushing a pitch from Franklin Morales into the bleachers in left and another off Matt Lindstrom in the ninth.

This was the fifth time Beltran has homered from the left and right side in a game as a member of the Mets, tying him with Todd Hundley for the most in team history.

"To hit a home run to all fields, from both sides, I've never seen anything like it," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Jimenez has hardly been his All-Star self this season. His blazing fastball has been very hittable and his pinpoint command spotty, in part because of a bothersome cracked cuticle on his pitching thumb.

Jimenez showed signs of getting back on track in his first quality start of the season last Friday at San Francisco, but then struggled against the Mets.

"The only thing I can do is keep working hard every day," Jimenez said. "I'm not going to get frustrated. I'm not doing anything good for the team, but hopefully there's a time where I'll start doing good."

Notes

  • The Mets recalled OF Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo to take Davis' spot on the roster.
  • Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez had a season-high three walks.
 
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Carlos Beltran connects for a two-run homer in the ninth inning in Colorado. (AP)
Carlos Beltran connects for a two-run homer in the ninth inning in Colorado. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 6
Colorado

J. Herrera
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5012001 .315
Willie Harris, 3B2310311 .222
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Carlos Beltran, RF5336001 .295
Jason Bay, LF4110101 .215
Daniel Murphy, 1B3100122 .255
Justin Turner, 2B-3B3100110 .269
Josh Thole, C2001100 .234
Jason Pridie, CF4000022 .231
Jonathon Niese, P1000210 .077
    Mike O'Connor, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   a- Fernando Martinez, PH1000000 .000
    Chin-lung Hu, 2B0000000 .056
Totals3096997  
a-popped out for Isringhausen in the 9th
Batting
HR - Carlos Beltran 3 (8, Jimenez, Morales, Lindstrom)
SF - Josh Thole (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (14), Carlos Beltran 6 (24), Josh Thole (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (9), Carlos Beltran 4 (9)
SB - Jason Bay 2 (2, 2nd base off Jimenez/Morales, 3rd base off Jimenez/Morales)
CS - Jose Reyes (3, 2nd base by Mortensen/Morales)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Turner-Reyes-Murphy
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,2-4) 6.1755232 5.03
Mike O'Connor (H,1) 0.1100100 0.00
Taylor Buchholz (H,4) 0.1000000 1.42
Jason Isringhausen (H,8) 1100110 2.38
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 1.04
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 88-55, Mike O'Connor 7-2, Taylor Buchholz 3-2, Jason Isringhausen 24-13, Francisco Rodriguez 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 10-5, Mike O'Connor 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 27, Mike O'Connor 3, Taylor Buchholz 1, Jason Isringhausen 5, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Seth Smith, RF5012010 .272
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5121011 .283
Carlos Gonzalez, LF2000300 .230
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000005 .242
Todd Helton, 1B3111101 .311
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4020010 .182
Jose Lopez, 3B3110001 .155
   a- Dexter Fowler, PH0000000 .256
    Ian Stewart, 3B0000000 .064
Jose Morales, C4110013 .233
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000010 .000
    Clayton Mortensen, P1000000 .000
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
   b- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1111000 .357
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Giambi, PH1000002 .120
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals3459545  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for J. Lopez in the 8th
b-singled for Morales in the 7th
c-flied out for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (10, O'Connor)
HR - Jonathan Herrera (2, Niese), Todd Helton (4, Niese)
SH - Dexter Fowler (2)
RBI - Seth Smith 2 (16), Jonathan Herrera (8), Todd Helton (16), Alfredo Amezaga (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jimenez-Helton
E - Jose Morales (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,0-3) 3.2355631 6.67
Clayton Mortensen 2.1000110 0.55
Franklin Morales 1122111 3.21
Matt Belisle 1000120 3.45
Matt Lindstrom 1222001 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 81-46, Clayton Mortensen 24-15, Franklin Morales 23-14, Matt Belisle 17-9, Matt Lindstrom 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-5, Clayton Mortensen 2-3, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 19, Clayton Mortensen 7, Franklin Morales 5, Matt Belisle 4, Matt Lindstrom 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21422
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt