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Rockies have to start cooking at home

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The Rockies are only 8-7 at home and in a stretch where they can, and need, to establish their usual dominance at Coors Field.

After splitting the first two games of a series with the Mets, the teams were rained out Wednesday and will try to complete the series Thursday.

The Rockies won the series opener, 2-1, but lost, 4-3, on Tuesday.

The Mets will be followed into Denver by the Padres for three games and Giants for two, the beginning of a stretch from May 9-29 when the Rockies are scheduled to play 15 of 20 games at Coors Field.

That stretch includes two games at Philadelphia and three at Milwaukee followed by six games at home, three apiece with the Diamondbacks and Cardinals.

The current homestand comes in the wake of a 1-5 trip to Arizona and San Francisco that saw the Rockies' 4 1/2-game in the NL West lead dwindle to one game. The lead is half a game entering play Wednesday.

"We've got to be able to win at home, especially after a bad road trip," left fielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "It's not the end of the world if we don't, but you need to win at home."

The Rockies went 52-29 at Coors Field last season, 51-30 in 2009 when they reached the postseason and 51-31 in 2007 when they also made it to the playoffs.

"When you have 15 out of 20 games at home, absolutely you have to capitalize on that, and I think we will," closer Huston Street said. "That's going to happen."

The Rockies are 19-15, but have lost five of their last six games, and after an 11-2 start, they have gone 8-13.

Lately, their starting pitching has been strong. Their bullpen has had trouble recently but has been generally good. But the offense has been an on-going problem. The Rockies have scored three runs or fewer in six straight games.

"There are so many aspects of our game that are there, and one very important aspect of it is not," manager Jim Tracy said after Tuesday's 4-3 defeat. "If the other aspects of our game were not there, I promise you we wouldn't be 19-15 and in first place.

"If there were other things we were faltering on bullpen-wise, or ... faltering starting pitching, or we were sloppy defensively with as few scoring opportunities as we've had the last week or so and create additional scoring opportunities for the other side of the field -- that would be a monumental task for us right now."

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