Bruce, Lugo power Mets to 9-3 win over reeling Rockies

NEW YORK (AP) Jay Bruce and the rest of the Mets knew they needed to come out of the All-Star break with a bang.

That's exactly what they've done.

Bruce and pitcher Seth Lugo homered during an early burst that sent New York past Colorado 9-3 on Saturday night for its second straight blowout of the reeling Rockies.

Jose Reyes also went deep and Lucas Duda had a two-run double as the Mets took full advantage of a calf injury that knocked wild Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood from the game in the first inning. Lugo (4-2) worked into the seventh with a big lead, but New York slugger Yoenis Cespedes left in the sixth with a sore hip .

''I doubt he's going to be in there tomorrow, just as a precaution,'' manager Terry Collins said .

Speaking through a translator, Cespedes said he has ''a little'' discomfort but the doctor told him ''there's nothing serious going on.''

''I think I could have definitely kept on playing, it's just because of the score of the game we just decided to play it safe,'' he explained.

Chatwood (6-11) said his right calf began bothering him while he was warming up in the bullpen, but he tried to pitch through it. He got only one out and threw just five of 19 pitches for strikes while walking three of the five batters he faced.

After giving up Bruce's three-run shot to straightaway center field and a four-pitch walk, the right-hander was checked on the mound by manager Bud Black and a trainer. Chatwood made three wide practice pitches and was replaced by lefty Chris Rusin.

The quick departure stressed Colorado's bullpen once again after starter Jon Gray lasted only two-plus innings in a 14-2 defeat the night before.

''I couldn't get the ball down. I couldn't push off of it, so I was essentially using all arm, which isn't ideal for a guy who's had two Tommy John (operations),'' Chatwood said . ''I thought we needed innings tonight and I was trying to provide some of it, but I didn't do a very good job of that at all.''

Black said Chatwood has a strained calf and it's too early to tell how long he might be sidelined.

After leading the NL West on June 20, the struggling Rockies have hit the skids. They have a 5 1/2-game lead for the league's second wild card, but have dropped 15 of 20 overall.

The Mets came out of the break well aware they needed to make up ground immediately to dissuade general manager Sandy Alderson from shipping off veterans before the July 31 trade deadline. Off to an excellent start, they moved within 8 1/2 games of Colorado (six in the loss column) for the final NL playoff spot.

''I think the next five series, we've got to really take advantage of the teams we're playing and do what we do,'' Lugo said.

POWER HITTER

Lugo hit his first home run since college to make it 8-0 in the third, driving an 89 mph slider from Rusin to left-center on fireworks night at Citi Field. ''Jogging around the bases was pretty surreal. I always looked forward to that moment when I was little kid, you know? That was pretty killer,'' Lugo said.

A career .200 hitter in the majors (5 for 25) coming into the game, Lugo got the silent treatment from teammates when he returned to the dugout with a sheepish grin. They completely ignored him as he feigned high-fives before excited Mets finally swarmed him in celebration on the bench. ''That just came naturally,'' Lugo said. ''I knew I was going to get a home run sometime, but had to give it to myself.''

New York has won 18 straight games in which a Mets pitcher has homered, a streak that began in 1996.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LF-1B Ian Desmond could be activated Sunday. He's been on the DL since July 3 with a strained right calf but came out of Saturday's pregame workout ''very well,'' Black said. ... All-Star 3B Nolan Arenado was back in the lineup after leaving Friday night's blowout in the fifth inning with a tight hip. ... OF David Dahl (ribs) was scheduled to play for Triple-A Albuquerque again after going 1 for 4 on Friday in his first game since his rehab assignment was moved from Class-A Lancaster. Black said Dahl has ''a long way to go'' before returning to the Rockies because he just started getting competitive at-bats. ... RHP Chad Bettis is scheduled to make his second rehab start Tuesday for Double-A Hartford as he works his way back from testicular cancer. After that outing, he's projected to go to Triple-A, Black said.

Mets: Cespedes left after he landed hard on his right knee and dislodged a huge divot in left field while trying to make a sliding catch. The slugger returned from the DL on June 10 after missing six weeks with a strained left hamstring.

UP NEXT

Rookie RHP Jeff Hoffman (5-1, 4.15 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday for Colorado against LHP Steven Matz (2-2, 3.05). Hoffman, drafted ninth overall by Toronto in 2014, is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four road starts this year. Matz had lasted at least six innings in 10 consecutive starts before getting chased in the fifth Sunday during a 6-0 loss at St. Louis.

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  • W: S. Lugo (4-2)L: T. Chatwood (6-11)
  • HR: NYM - J. Reyes (9), J. Bruce (24), S. Lugo (1)
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N. Arenado 3B41200011.304.354.556.9103.5
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R. Tapia LF30110010.320.376.490.8663.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000022.215.294.330.624-1.0
T. Story SS40100020.222.300.395.6951.0
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  • a-lined out for Freeland in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Ottavino in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Conforto CF-LF41000140.283.405.545.9500.0
A. Cabrera 2B31000100.250.335.398.7332.0
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J. Bruce RF42131021.264.333.538.8718.0
T. Rivera 3B22110200.304.350.464.8146.0
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L. Duda 1B40120022.243.355.523.8783.0
J. Reyes SS41211001.225.292.389.6819.0
T. d'Arnaud C40110010.224.284.437.7211.5
S. Lugo P31111002.250.250.667.9176.0
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M. Reynolds 3B10000000.184.244.316.5600.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Arenado (29), R. Tapia (7), T. Story (12)
    • 3B - C. Blackmon (11)
    • SF - G. Parra (4)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon (62), G. Parra (35), R. Tapia (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (30), R. Tapia (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Duda (18)
    • HR - J. Bruce (24), J. Reyes (9), S. Lugo
    • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (62), T. Rivera (25), L. Duda 2 (32), J. Reyes (31), T. d'Arnaud (30), S. Lugo (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Rivera (5), L. Duda 2 (16), T. d'Arnaud (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Reyes (11)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. LeMahieu (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Reyes, A. Cabrera, L. Duda
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Chatwood (L, 6-11)0.11443014.741.45-13.0
    C. Rusin2.26410312.361.030.5
    K. Freeland3.00001403.671.3710.0
    J. McGee1.00000202.630.984.0
    A. Ottavino1.01110115.851.611.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Chatwood (L, 6-11)0.1
    C. Rusin2.2
    K. Freeland3.0
    J. McGee1.0
    A. Ottavino1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Lugo (W, 4-2)6.27332504.501.4518.5
    P. Sewald0.20000204.251.311.0
    J. Blevins0.20000203.451.361.0
    A. Reed1.00000202.471.054.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Lugo (W, 4-2)6.2
    P. Sewald0.2
    J. Blevins0.2
    A. Reed1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 19-5, C. Rusin 56-38, K. Freeland 43-26, J. McGee 11-8, A. Ottavino 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rusin 5-1, K. Freeland 4-1, A. Ottavino 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 5, C. Rusin 15, K. Freeland 10, J. McGee 3, A. Ottavino 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Blevins
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 97-66, P. Sewald 10-8, J. Blevins 12-7, A. Reed 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 8-6, A. Reed 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 28, P. Sewald 2, J. Blevins 3, A. Reed 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Blackmon CF40110000.320.372.587.9594.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B41200011.309.367.390.7572.5
    N. Arenado 3B41200011.304.354.556.9103.5
    G. Parra 1B30010011.333.356.494.8500.5
    R. Tapia LF30110010.320.376.490.8663.5
    C. Gonzalez RF40000022.215.294.330.624-1.0
    T. Story SS40100020.222.300.395.6951.0
    T. Wolters C21000200.264.361.315.6763.0
    T. Chatwood P0000-000.167.167.200.000-
    C. Rusin P10000010.429.429.429.857-0.5
    K. Freeland P10000012.216.237.324.561-0.5
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    J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-lined out for Freeland in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Ottavino in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Conforto CF-LF41000140.283.405.545.9500.0
    A. Cabrera 2B31000100.250.335.398.7332.0
    Y. Cespedes LF31100002.281.337.506.8432.0
    C. Granderson CF10000010.231.329.470.799-0.5
    J. Bruce RF42131021.264.333.538.8718.0
    T. Rivera 3B22110200.304.350.464.8146.0
    J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Reed P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    L. Duda 1B40120022.243.355.523.8783.0
    J. Reyes SS41211001.225.292.389.6819.0
    T. d'Arnaud C40110010.224.284.437.7211.5
    S. Lugo P31111002.250.250.667.9176.0
    P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Reynolds 3B10000000.184.244.316.5600.0
    Total3398934108-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Arenado (29), R. Tapia (7), T. Story (12)
      • 3B - C. Blackmon (11)
      • SF - G. Parra (4)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (62), G. Parra (35), R. Tapia (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (30), R. Tapia (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Duda (18)
      • HR - J. Bruce (24), J. Reyes (9), S. Lugo
      • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (62), T. Rivera (25), L. Duda 2 (32), J. Reyes (31), T. d'Arnaud (30), S. Lugo (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Rivera (5), L. Duda 2 (16), T. d'Arnaud (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Reyes (11)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. LeMahieu (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Reyes, A. Cabrera, L. Duda
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Chatwood (L, 6-11)0.11443014.741.45-13.0
      C. Rusin2.26410312.361.030.5
      K. Freeland3.00001403.671.3710.0
      J. McGee1.00000202.630.984.0
      A. Ottavino1.01110115.851.611.5
      Total8.08964103---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Chatwood (L, 6-11)0.1
      C. Rusin2.2
      K. Freeland3.0
      J. McGee1.0
      A. Ottavino1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Lugo (W, 4-2)6.27332504.501.4518.5
      P. Sewald0.20000204.251.311.0
      J. Blevins0.20000203.451.361.0
      A. Reed1.00000202.471.054.0
      Total9.07332110---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Lugo (W, 4-2)6.2
      P. Sewald0.2
      J. Blevins0.2
      A. Reed1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 19-5, C. Rusin 56-38, K. Freeland 43-26, J. McGee 11-8, A. Ottavino 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rusin 5-1, K. Freeland 4-1, A. Ottavino 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 5, C. Rusin 15, K. Freeland 10, J. McGee 3, A. Ottavino 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Blevins
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 97-66, P. Sewald 10-8, J. Blevins 12-7, A. Reed 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 8-6, A. Reed 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 28, P. Sewald 2, J. Blevins 3, A. Reed 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Reyes homered to right39
      • 7TH INNING
        Blackmon tripled to deep right, Wolters scored38
      • 6TH INNING
        Tapia doubled to right center, Arenado scored28
        Parra hit sacrifice fly to left, LeMahieu scored18
      • 3RD INNING
        Lugo homered to left center08
      • 2ND INNING
        Duda doubled to deep right, Bruce and Rivera scored07
        Rivera singled to shallow left, Cespedes scored, Bruce to second05
      • 1ST INNING
        d'Arnaud singled to shallow center, Rivera scored, Reyes to second04
        Bruce homered to center, Conforto and Cabrera scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Addison Reed relieved Jerry Blevins
        • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to pitcher
        • Alexi Amarista hit for Adam Ottavino
        • A. Amarista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Amarista struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • P. Sewald Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
        • Jerry Blevins pitching
        • Matt Reynolds at third
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Ball, Tapia hit by pitch
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Ottavino relieved Jake McGee
        • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes homered to right
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud grounded out to second
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds flied out to shallow left
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Story grounded out to third
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
        • Mark Reynolds hit for Kyle Freeland
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds lined out to right
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon tripled to deep right, Wolters scored
        • Paul Sewald relieved Seth Lugo
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jake McGee pitching
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Bruce struck out on foul tip
        • T. Rivera: Rivera flied out to deep center
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • N. Arenado: Arenado doubled to left, LeMahieu to third
        • Curtis Granderson in center
        • G. Parra: Parra hit sacrifice fly to left, LeMahieu scored
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia doubled to right center, Arenado scored
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tapia popped out to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Story doubled to shallow left
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wolters walked
        • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to pitcher
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
        • S. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to center
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kyle Freeland relieved Chris Rusin
        • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Cespedes popped out to second
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
        • T. Rivera: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rivera walked
        • L. Duda: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Wolters flied out to center
        • C. Rusin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rusin struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
        • S. Lugo: Lugo homered to left center
        • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Foul, Cespedes singled to shallow left
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bruce safe at first on 2nd baseman LeMahieu fielding error, Cespedes to third
        • T. Rivera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rivera singled to shallow left, Cespedes scored, Bruce to second
        • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Duda doubled to deep right, Bruce and Rivera scored
        • J. Reyes: Ball, Reyes flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to left
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to third
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado singled to center
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Parra grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera walked, Conforto to second
        • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cespedes flied out to center
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce homered to center, Conforto and Cabrera scored
        • T. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rivera walked
        • Chris Rusin relieved Tyler Chatwood
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes singled to shallow right, Rivera to second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud singled to shallow center, Rivera scored, Reyes to second
        • S. Lugo: Ball, Reyes stole third, Lugo reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, d'Arnaud out at second
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)