Desmond 2 HRs, Rockies win 5th in row, beat sagging Mets 3-2

NEW YORK (AP) ��� Ian Desmond's home runs helped more than the Colorado Rockies. They also benefited a cause that means a lot to him.

Desmond hit a pair of solo homers, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning that sent the Rockies over the sagging New York Mets 3-2 Sunday for their season-high fifth straight win.

In 2012 as a member of the Washington Nationals, Desmond met Ethan Brown, who as a 16-year-old was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to develop on nerve tissue.

Since then, the 32-year-old veteran has kept a close relationship with Brown and has been involved in different ways to create awareness of the condition, partnering with the Children's Tumor Foundation.

"May is Neurofibromatosis Month and it's something that I care a lot about," Desmond said. "My family and I have made donations of $1,000 per run and this year we (added) RBI, so today was an expensive day but going to a good cause."

The Mets finished an 0-6 homestand, getting swept by Atlanta and Colorado, in which they were outscored 34-11 and shut out three times.

It's the first time New York has lost all six games of a homestand of six or more contests since dropping all six in September 2012 against Washington and Atlanta.

"I don't think it's a surprise, I don't think I'm concerned, it's just part of the game," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

Desmond homered off Noah Syndergaard's 98 mph fastball in the second. He hit his sixth homer with two outs in the eighth off Hansel Robles (2-1). Robles was called up from Triple-A on Saturday when former Mets ace Matt Harvey was designated for assignment.

"I think with Ian you got to look at the real big picture, where this has led based on what he has done in the past," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "But those were two big swings to get us going. When they jumped out 2-0, that home run off Syndergaard, now that gave us some life like, 'Hey, we took him deep.'"

Black was equally impressed with Kyle Freeland's outing, in which the lefty gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, walked one and retired 21 of the last 23 batters he faced.

Freeland (2-4) had his third straight quality start. The Rockies have thrown a team record-tying eight in a row.

This came all on the heels of what Freeland described as a bullpen session that "didn't go good" before his ineffective first inning. A mid-inning chat with his batterymate Tony Wolters eased the rest of his day.

"We kind of got on the same page on what we were going do because there were a few sequences in there that we kind of didn't agree upon in the first inning where I was shaking him," Freeland said.

Adam Ottavino walked Wilmer Flores and gave up a hit to Adrian Gonzalez in the ninth before striking out pinch-hitter Tomas Nido for his first save.

Syndergaard allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, walking four and striking out five. He is 0-2 in his last five starts.

The 25-year-old righty has not won a start since April 9 at Miami and is tied for the NL lead with five no-decisions.

"We're struggling a little bit right now, but we can go on a run tomorrow just like we did to start the season," Syndergaard said.

After a 11-1 start, the Mets have now lost 14 of 20 and can't afford to have slugger Yoenis Cespedes out for an extended time. He left the game after the first inning for what the team originally said was right hip tightness.

Cespedes singled in his only at-bat and then raced from first to third before scoring the Mets' second run. He clarified the situation after the game, saying he felt some discomfort in his right quad while trying to beat out a double play on Saturday night.

Cespedes missed two weeks during the 2016 season due to strained right quadriceps muscle.

"This one hasn't been like in years past," Cespedes said in Spanish. "I just wanted to take a little more precaution. I took myself out before something severe could happen."

The Rockies scored in the third on consecutive hits by Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl and walks to Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra.

The Mets took a 2-0 in the first on an RBI single from Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly.

MOVES

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom was put on the 10-day disabled list as a precaution after hyperextending his right elbow last Wednesday. The move is retroactive to May 3. ... LHP P.J. Conlon was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

QUALITY CONTROL

Rockies starters last had eight consecutive quality starts in June 2009.

"We're feeding off each other big time," Freeland said. "It's like every single day someone is trying to one-up the next guy from the night before, and that's going to create a lot of very good winning atmosphere and it's going to generate a lot of wins."

UP NEXT

Rockies: Jon Gray (3-4, 4.99 ERA) opens up a two-game interleague series at home on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Mets: Conlon will be making his big league debut Monday at Cincinnati. Conlon was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five Triple-A starts this season.

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  • W: K. Freeland (2-4)L: H. Robles (2-1)S: A. Ottavino (1)
  • HR: COL - I. Desmond 2 (6)
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T. Story SS40000024.222.313.444.757-1.0
I. Desmond 1B42222013.188.232.385.61711.5
D. Castro 2B40100000.188.188.188.3751.0
T. Wolters C10000201.136.278.205.4825.0
K. Freeland P30000023.071.071.071.143-1.0
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A. Ottavino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Lagares CF41100011.319.365.340.7061.5
Y. Cespedes LF11100000.246.306.451.7572.0
B. Nimmo LF20000120.256.448.442.8900.0
A. Cabrera 2B40110011.333.382.577.9601.5
T. Frazier 3B30010010.248.370.431.8020.5
W. Flores 1B20000201.213.304.377.6812.0
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J. Bruce RF40000023.236.306.373.679-1.0
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a- A. Gonzalez PH10100000.231.311.372.6831.0
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c- T. Nido PH10000012.147.194.176.371-0.5
A. Rosario SS30000011.230.267.300.567-0.5
  • a-singled for Lobaton in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Ramos in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Robles in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dahl, G. Parra (6)
  • HR - I. Desmond 2 (6)
  • RBI - G. Parra (5), I. Desmond 2 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond (6)
BATTING
  • SF - T. Frazier (3)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (21), T. Frazier (21)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dahl, T. Wolters
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Lagares (2)
  • E - N. Syndergaard
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 2-4)7.04221803.951.1728.0
B. Shaw (H, 6)0.20000206.061.711.0
J. McGee (H, 8)0.10001005.681.11-1.0
A. Ottavino (S, 1)1.01001300.470.589.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 2-4)7.0
B. Shaw (H, 6)0.2
J. McGee (H, 8)0.1
A. Ottavino (S, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard6.06224513.091.2011.5
J. Blevins0.20000105.871.570.5
A. Ramos0.10000103.001.080.5
H. Robles (L, 2-1)2.02111213.601.20-2.0
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard6.0
J. Blevins0.2
A. Ramos0.1
H. Robles (L, 2-1)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 103-64, B. Shaw 10-6, J. McGee 8-3, A. Ottavino 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 4-9
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, B. Shaw 2, J. McGee 2, A. Ottavino 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - N. Syndergaard (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 95-57, J. Blevins 12-7, A. Ramos 5-4, H. Robles 27-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 6-5, H. Robles 1-2
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 27, J. Blevins 2, A. Ramos, H. Robles 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF51100022.289.391.605.9961.0
D. Dahl RF50200001.300.349.500.8495.0
N. Arenado 3B20000211.315.409.6111.0211.5
G. Parra LF30210101.263.327.358.6855.0
T. Story SS40000024.222.313.444.757-1.0
I. Desmond 1B42222013.188.232.385.61711.5
D. Castro 2B40100000.188.188.188.3751.0
T. Wolters C10000201.136.278.205.4825.0
K. Freeland P30000023.071.071.071.143-1.0
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  • a-struck out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Lagares CF41100011.319.365.340.7061.5
Y. Cespedes LF11100000.246.306.451.7572.0
B. Nimmo LF20000120.256.448.442.8900.0
A. Cabrera 2B40110011.333.382.577.9601.5
T. Frazier 3B30010010.248.370.431.8020.5
W. Flores 1B20000201.213.304.377.6812.0
J. Reyes PR00000000.139.184.222.4060.0
J. Bruce RF40000023.236.306.373.679-1.0
J. Lobaton C30100011.154.267.231.4970.5
a- A. Gonzalez PH10100000.231.311.372.6831.0
N. Syndergaard P20000022.059.059.118.176-1.0
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Conforto PH10000010.184.344.263.607-0.5
H. Robles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Nido PH10000012.147.194.176.371-0.5
A. Rosario SS30000011.230.267.300.567-0.5
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  • a-singled for Lobaton in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Ramos in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Robles in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Dahl, G. Parra (6)
  • HR - I. Desmond 2 (6)
  • RBI - G. Parra (5), I. Desmond 2 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond (6)
BATTING
  • SF - T. Frazier (3)
  • RBI - A. Cabrera (21), T. Frazier (21)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Dahl, T. Wolters
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Lagares (2)
  • E - N. Syndergaard
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 2-4)7.04221803.951.1728.0
B. Shaw (H, 6)0.20000206.061.711.0
J. McGee (H, 8)0.10001005.681.11-1.0
A. Ottavino (S, 1)1.01001300.470.589.5
Total9.05223130---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 2-4)7.0
B. Shaw (H, 6)0.2
J. McGee (H, 8)0.1
A. Ottavino (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard6.06224513.091.2011.5
J. Blevins0.20000105.871.570.5
A. Ramos0.10000103.001.080.5
H. Robles (L, 2-1)2.02111213.601.20-2.0
Total9.0833592---
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard6.0
J. Blevins0.2
A. Ramos0.1
H. Robles (L, 2-1)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 103-64, B. Shaw 10-6, J. McGee 8-3, A. Ottavino 21-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 4-9
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, B. Shaw 2, J. McGee 2, A. Ottavino 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - N. Syndergaard (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 95-57, J. Blevins 12-7, A. Ramos 5-4, H. Robles 27-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 6-5, H. Robles 1-2
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 27, J. Blevins 2, A. Ramos, H. Robles 8
  • 8TH INNING
    Desmond homered to right center32
  • 3RD INNING
    Parra walked, Blackmon scored, Dahl to third, Arenado to second22
  • 2ND INNING
    Desmond homered to left12
  • 1ST INNING
    Frazier hit sacrifice fly to right, Cespedes scored02
    Cabrera singled to left center, Lagares scored, Cespedes to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • H. Robles Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • Carlos Gonzalez hit for Jake McGee
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Flores walked
    • Jose Reyes ran for Wilmer Flores
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Adrian Gonzalez hit for Jose Lobaton
    • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to left, Reyes to second
    • Tomas Nido hit for Hansel Robles
    • T. Nido: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nido struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Hansel Robles pitching
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra singled to shallow center, Parra out at second
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • I. Desmond: Desmond homered to right center
    • D. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Kyle Freeland
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • Jake McGee relieved Bryan Shaw
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Noah Syndergaard
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dahl fouled out to first
    • AJ Ramos relieved Jerry Blevins
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lobaton grounded out to second
    • Michael Conforto hit for AJ Ramos
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • D. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wolters hit by pitch
    • K. Freeland: Strike swinging, Ball, Wolters stole second, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike (foul tip), Cabrera flied out to deep left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Dahl doubled to right center
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Parra: Ball, Dahl out at third, Dahl out at third, Parra doubled to deep right center
    • T. Story: Story lined out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Lagares popped out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • D. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to center
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Wolters flied out to left
    • K. Freeland: Castro to second on Syndergaard fielding error, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Flores walked
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce grounded out to first, Flores to second
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lobaton struck out swinging
    • N. Syndergaard: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon singled to right
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Dahl singled to shallow right, Blackmon to third
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Dahl stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra walked, Blackmon scored, Dahl to third, Arenado to second
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond grounded into double play second to first, Parra out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Brandon Nimmo in left
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Desmond homered to left
    • D. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to first
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Freeland grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, Wolters out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Ball, Lobaton singled to right
    • N. Syndergaard: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rosario fouled out to third
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lagares grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Dahl lined out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra fouled out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Lagares singled to left
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cespedes singled to center, Lagares to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left center, Lagares scored, Cespedes to third
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Frazier hit sacrifice fly to right, Cespedes scored
    • W. Flores: Foul, Flores popped out to shortstop
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)