The Rockies came from behind Monday to beat the Mets 7-6, scoring two runs in the sixth to tie the game at 4 and three in the eighth to go ahead 7-4. The victory improved Colorado's record to 7-2. That equals the best record after nine games in franchise history. The Rockies also were 7-2 in 1995 and 1997.
It was the Rockies' second consecutive come-from-behind win on the road, where they went 31-50 last season but are 4-1 this year after winning three of four from the Pirates before coming to New York. Sunday, the Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first against the Pirates, who took a 5-4 lead in the fourth. But the Rockies, showing a resilience on the road that was missing last year, scored two in the seventh to win 6-5.
The Rockies got six innings from starter Jason Hammel. It was the sixth time in nine games that a Rockies starter has pitched at least six innings. And in Jorge De La Rosa's two starts, a blister on the middle finger of his left hand forced him to leave after 5 1/3 innings April 2 and after five innings April 8. The other game when the starter failed to pitch six innings was Hammel's five-inning outing April 6.
In the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field, where the Rockies had lost five of the seven games they had played in the ballpark's first two years of existence, the Rockies won despite going 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Two of those three clutch hits came from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who began the season 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, including a pop up to end the first with a runner on second base.
Tulowitzki singled home a run with two out in the third. After drawing a walk in the fifth, he flied out to end the two-run seventh with runners on first and second. But Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer with one out in the eighth, putting the Rockies ahead 7-4 and scoring what proved to be the winning run. The home run was Tulowitzki's fourth of the year but first since Thursday at Pittsburgh, when he hit his third in three games. In the interim, Tulowitzki had gone 1-for-10 in three games and 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. His game-winning three-run homer Monday also gave Tulowitzki a team-leading nine RBI.
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