Arenado homers, drives in 5 as Rockies beat Mets, 6-4

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado should have no trouble getting to sleep now.

Arenado homered for the third straight game and drove in five runs to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday. After hitting .171 while the Rockies lost eight of 10 over the last two weeks, Arenado hit .538 in the last three games.

''When you're losing and you're not getting hits it hurts,'' Arenado said. ''It keeps me up at night.''

Arenado also doubled to back another strong outing from Kyle Freeland (7-6). Freeland has pitched at least six innings in 10 of his last 11 starts and has emerged as the team's most reliable starter.

Arenado had just two home runs in his first 15 games of June, but has four in his last seven. He put the Rockies ahead 3-1 with a three-run homer in the first off Steven Matz (3-5), his 16th of the season.

He delivered a two-run double in the second to drive in five for the second time this season. He also had five RBIs at the Chicago Cubs on May 2.

''Today was a special day. I'm not going to drive in five every game,'' he said.

Todd Frazier gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first with his eighth homer. New York has lost three in a row after winning three straight.

The Mets got within two runs when Frazier and Michael Conforto led off the eighth with singles. Yency Almonte, making his major league debut, relieved Chris Rusin and allowed one inherited runner to score that made it 5-3 before getting an inning-ending double play.

It was the fifth double-play grounder by New York on the afternoon. The Rockies tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game by inducing five ground-ball double plays. It's only the third time in any game the Rockies induced five groundout double plays.

Freeland got out of three jams with double plays.

''He made some really good pitches down,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''I've seen Freeland in the past, he does a good job of executing the balls just down under the zone. If you chase one and put it in play, it becomes a double play.''

Gerardo Parra's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth restored the three-run lead. New York got one back when Kevin Plawecki tripled in the ninth and came home on a groundout. Dominic Smith doubled with two outs, but Jake McGee struck out Brandon Nimmo to get his first save of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: INF Asdrubal Cabrera was out of the lineup, but Callaway said he was fine a day after hitting his left elbow making a tag. ... Callaway said OF Yoenis Cespedes (right hip flexor) did some stretching and the hope is he progresses in the next few days.

NUMBERS GAME

Arenado has only 14 career at-bats against Matz but he's made them count. He is hitting .357 with four home runs and 12 RBIs against the Mets' lefty after Thursday.

''I threw a couple of bad pitches and Arenado beat me twice,'' Matz said. ''That really sums up the whole game.''

Matz struck out Arenado looking in the fourth and settled down to go 5 2-3 innings.

''When you put your team in a hole like that you gotta look ahead and go as deep as you can,'' Matz said.

ROSTER MOVE

Before the game, the Rockies recalled Almonte from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned INF Ryan McMahon to their top farm team. Almonte said he was struggling with nerves when he jogged to the mound in the eighth.

''I came in and it was first and third and I thought, `I need to do something, get a ground ball or a fly out,''' Almonte said. ''That was huge for me.''

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.82) will open a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Wheeler has gone six or more innings in nine of his 13 starts.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (6-7, 5.89) takes the mound in the opener of a weekend series against Miami. Gray has allowed 12 earned runs in three June starts and holds a 6.75 ERA for the month.

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  • W: K. Freeland (7-6)L: S. Matz (3-5)S: J. McGee (1)
  • HR: NYM - T. Frazier (8), COL - N. Arenado (16)
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T. Frazier 3B42211011.225.319.405.7237.5
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K. Plawecki C41200002.227.363.333.6965.0
J. Reyes 2B30110110.174.268.244.5122.5
A. Rosario SS41100004.249.276.369.6452.0
S. Matz P10000000.083.120.125.2450.0
D. Smith LF20200000.300.323.567.8893.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for Peterson in the 8th
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N. Arenado 3B41251012.317.403.584.98711.5
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I. Desmond 1B11000300.213.291.429.7204.0
C. Iannetta C40100023.235.344.392.7370.0
G. Parra LF30010003.300.340.395.7361.0
N. Cuevas RF40100012.277.306.362.6680.5
K. Freeland P20000021.100.156.133.290-1.0
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J. McGee P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-walked for Almonte in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Smith (3)
  • 3B - K. Plawecki
  • HR - T. Frazier (8)
  • SF - W. Flores (4)
  • SH - S. Matz (2)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo (25), T. Frazier (29), W. Flores (17), J. Reyes (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (15), N. Arenado (18), T. Story (18)
  • HR - N. Arenado (16)
  • SF - G. Parra
  • RBI - N. Arenado 5 (51), G. Parra (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. LeMahieu (4), C. Blackmon (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Reyes-Flores)
FIELDING
  • DP - 5 (Story-LeMahieu-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond; Story-LeMahieu-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 3-5)5.28552613.681.28-2.0
T. Peterson1.10000201.170.914.0
P. Sewald0.01111004.851.26-3.0
J. Blevins0.20001104.961.71-0.5
C. Flexen0.100000011.574.710.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 3-5)5.2
T. Peterson1.1
P. Sewald0.0
J. Blevins0.2
C. Flexen0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 7-6)6.05224413.551.2619.0
J. Hoffman (H, 1)0.220000012.462.77-2.0
C. Rusin (H, 5)0.12110107.581.62-2.5
Y. Almonte (H, 1)1.00000000.000.003.0
J. McGee (S, 1)1.02110105.341.367.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 7-6)6.0
J. Hoffman (H, 1)0.2
C. Rusin (H, 5)0.1
Y. Almonte (H, 1)1.0
J. McGee (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Matz (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 97-67, T. Peterson 16-13, P. Sewald 10-5, J. Blevins 12-6, C. Flexen 4-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-3, T. Peterson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, T. Peterson 4, P. Sewald 2, J. Blevins 3, C. Flexen
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 102-63, J. Hoffman 15-9, C. Rusin 13-9, Y. Almonte 12-9, J. McGee 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 9-2, J. Hoffman 1-0, Y. Almonte 1-1, J. McGee 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, J. Hoffman 3, C. Rusin 3, Y. Almonte 2, J. McGee 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Frazier 3B42211011.225.319.405.7237.5
M. Conforto CF40200010.231.354.394.7471.5
W. Flores 1B20010101.250.322.417.7392.0
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K. Plawecki C41200002.227.363.333.6965.0
J. Reyes 2B30110110.174.268.244.5122.5
A. Rosario SS41100004.249.276.369.6452.0
S. Matz P10000000.083.120.125.2450.0
D. Smith LF20200000.300.323.567.8893.0
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Peterson in the 8th
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D. LeMahieu 2B52200013.286.332.452.7846.5
C. Blackmon CF32200000.281.363.488.8507.0
N. Arenado 3B41251012.317.403.584.98711.5
T. Story SS40100023.266.336.524.8611.0
I. Desmond 1B11000300.213.291.429.7204.0
C. Iannetta C40100023.235.344.392.7370.0
G. Parra LF30010003.300.340.395.7361.0
N. Cuevas RF40100012.277.306.362.6680.5
K. Freeland P20000021.100.156.133.290-1.0
a- T. Wolters PH10000000.153.276.224.5000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-walked for Almonte in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Smith (3)
  • 3B - K. Plawecki
  • HR - T. Frazier (8)
  • SF - W. Flores (4)
  • SH - S. Matz (2)
  • RBI - B. Nimmo (25), T. Frazier (29), W. Flores (17), J. Reyes (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (15), N. Arenado (18), T. Story (18)
  • HR - N. Arenado (16)
  • SF - G. Parra
  • RBI - N. Arenado 5 (51), G. Parra (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. LeMahieu (4), C. Blackmon (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rosario-Reyes-Flores)
FIELDING
  • DP - 5 (Story-LeMahieu-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond; Story-LeMahieu-Desmond; Arenado-LeMahieu-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (L, 3-5)5.28552613.681.28-2.0
T. Peterson1.10000201.170.914.0
P. Sewald0.01111004.851.26-3.0
J. Blevins0.20001104.961.71-0.5
C. Flexen0.100000011.574.710.0
Total9.19664111---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (L, 3-5)5.2
T. Peterson1.1
P. Sewald0.0
J. Blevins0.2
C. Flexen0.1
Total9.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 7-6)6.05224413.551.2619.0
J. Hoffman (H, 1)0.220000012.462.77-2.0
C. Rusin (H, 5)0.12110107.581.62-2.5
Y. Almonte (H, 1)1.00000000.000.003.0
J. McGee (S, 1)1.02110105.341.367.5
Total9.01144461---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 7-6)6.0
J. Hoffman (H, 1)0.2
C. Rusin (H, 5)0.1
Y. Almonte (H, 1)1.0
J. McGee (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Matz (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 97-67, T. Peterson 16-13, P. Sewald 10-5, J. Blevins 12-6, C. Flexen 4-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 7-3, T. Peterson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, T. Peterson 4, P. Sewald 2, J. Blevins 3, C. Flexen
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 102-63, J. Hoffman 15-9, C. Rusin 13-9, Y. Almonte 12-9, J. McGee 22-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 9-2, J. Hoffman 1-0, Y. Almonte 1-1, J. McGee 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 24, J. Hoffman 3, C. Rusin 3, Y. Almonte 2, J. McGee 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Reyes grounded out to second, Plawecki scored46
  • 8TH INNING
    Parra hit sacrifice fly to center, Desmond scored36
    Flores hit sacrifice fly to right, Frazier scored35
  • 3RD INNING
    Nimmo singled to right center, Rosario scored25
  • 2ND INNING
    Arenado doubled to deep right, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored15
  • 1ST INNING
    Arenado homered to left, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored13
    Frazier homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jake McGee pitching
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Plawecki tripled to left center
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second, Plawecki scored
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to right
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith doubled to left center
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to center
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Conforto singled to left center, Frazier to third
    • Yency Almonte relieved Chris Rusin
    • W. Flores: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Flores hit sacrifice fly to right, Frazier scored
    • Devin Mesoraco hit for Timothy Peterson
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mesoraco grounded into double play third to second to first, Conforto out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Paul Sewald pitching
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond walked
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Iannetta singled to left, Desmond to third
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Paul Sewald
    • G. Parra: Parra hit sacrifice fly to center, Desmond scored
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Cuevas struck out on foul tip
    • Carlos Gonzalez hit for Yency Almonte
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Iannetta to second
    • Chris Flexen relieved Jerry Blevins
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jeff Hoffman pitching
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reyes singled to center
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rosario grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reyes out at second
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Smith singled to right
    • Chris Rusin relieved Jeff Hoffman
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Peterson Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado popped out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto singled to right center
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores grounded into double play third to second to first, Conforto out at second
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Plawecki grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Cuevas lined out to center
    • Tony Wolters hit for Kyle Freeland
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to third
    • Dominic Smith in left field
    • Timothy Peterson pitching
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Matz grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta flied out to deep center
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores walked
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
    • K. Plawecki: Plawecki singled to left center, Flores to second
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked, Flores to third, Plawecki to second
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Rosario popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to left
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Blackmon singled to left, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking, LeMahieu stole third
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Story grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Matz: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Matz hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rosario to second
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Nimmo singled to right center, Rosario scored
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded into double play third to second to first, Nimmo out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra lined out to left
    • N. Cuevas: Foul, Cuevas grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Desmond out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bautista out at second
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas singled to left
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeland struck out bunting foul
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, LeMahieu reached on fielder's choice to second, Cuevas out at second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon singled to center, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado doubled to deep right, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo flied out to deep center
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier homered to left
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to second
    • W. Flores: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Flores grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu doubled to deep right
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon hit by pitch
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado homered to left, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Story doubled to left center
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Parra grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Desmond out at second
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)