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  • Mets @ Rockies: 09/18 3:10 PM ET; SNY, AT&TSN; WCBS, ESPN, KOA



    GAME 152, ROAD GAME 78

    Wednesday, 18th September
    3:10 PM ET
    Coors Field





    METS -- STANDINGS



    ROCKIES -- STANDINGS



    METS -- LEADERS -- ROCKIES



    METS -- BATTING -- ROCKIES



    METS -- PITCHING -- ROCKIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    ROCKIES -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- ROCKIES

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    Mets' Syndergaard Gets First Start at Coors Field



    Noah Syndergaard has pitched well against the Colorado Rockies over his five-year career, but he's never been tested in the thin air in Denver.

    He'll get his first taste of it when the New York Mets take on the Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field on Wednesday. Syndergaard (10-8, 4.15 ERA) will try to keep New York's dwindling playoff hopes alive in the hitter-friendly park.

    New York sits four games back of the second NL wild card with 11 games remaining.

    The Mets beat Colorado 6-1 on Tuesday night, so the teams have split the first two games of the series. Rockies will send Jeff Hoffman to the mound in search of his second straight win.

    Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four career starts against Colorado, all of them coming at Citi Field. His first start at Coors Field will come with the Mets granting one of his requests -- that Rene Rivera or Tomas Nido serve as his batterymate. Syndergaard has lobbied to have one of them catch his games, as opposed to Wilson Ramos.

    Syndergaard wanted the arrangement based on performance. In 16 starts with Ramos as his catcher, Syndergaard has a 5.20 ERA. In 11 combined starts with Nido (10) and Rivera, he has a 2.22 ERA.

    It took some pleading by Syndergaard for the Mets to finally agree to work with him. Even last week, the team was reluctant to grant his request.

    "Noah obviously understands at this point that whoever is in the lineup, he's going to go ahead and compete (with). He's recognized that to me," manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think that he's recognized that to everybody, and I'm proud of him for that."

    Nido was behind the plate when Syndergaard went seven innings in a 6-1 win over Colorado on June 9. Jeff Hoffman was on the business end of that game, allowing all six runs in 4 2/3 innings. The loss was during Hoffman's stretch of eight major league starts without a win, but the right-hander snapped out of it against San Diego on Friday night.

    Hoffman (2-6, 7.03 ERA) beat the Padres despite walking six and giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He hopes to ride the momentum into his outing against the Mets on Wednesday.

    It will be the sixth appearance and fourth start against the Mets in Hoffman's career. He is 1-1 with an 8.66 ERA in the first five outings against them. New York has hit him hard, getting 23 hits and 17 runs in just 17 2/3 innings in those games.

    The Rockies are headed to an early offseason for the first time since 2016. They reached the playoffs two consecutive years as a wild card and in 2018 advanced to the divisional round before being swept by Milwaukee.

    This September, they are trying to damage New York's playoff hopes.

    "When you're out of it, that's the only thing you can look forward to is trying to play spoiler," Colorado utility man Garrett Hampson said. "It's a little bit sweeter when you beat a team that's in the playoff hunt."

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Nimmo lined out to third baseman Arenado. McNeil homered to right on a 1-2 count. Alonso grounded out, first baseman McMahon unassisted. Canó lined out to right fielder Blackmon.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Rockies first. Story struck out. McMahon struck out. Arenado singled to center. Arenado stole second. Blackmon struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Frazier grounded out, pitcher Hoffman to first baseman McMahon. Conforto grounded out, second baseman Hampson to first baseman McMahon. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman McMahon.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Rockies second. Desmond lined out to center fielder Nimmo. Hilliard homered to right on a 1-2 count. Hampson fouled out to right fielder Conforto. Nuñez popped out to shortstop Rosario.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. R.Rivera flied out to left fielder Desmond. Syndergaard flied out to center fielder Hilliard. Nimmo singled to center. McNeil singled to right, Nimmo to third. Alonso was hit by a pitch, McNeil to second. Canó grounded out, first baseman McMahon to pitcher Hoffman.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 3:
        Rockies third. Hoffman singled to left. Story grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Hoffman out. McMahon singled to right. Arenado singled to left, McMahon to third. On shortstop Rosario's throwing error, Arenado to second. Blackmon grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 3

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Frazier grounded out, second baseman Hampson to first baseman McMahon. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman McMahon. Rosario lined out to shortstop Story.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Rockies fourth. Desmond struck out. Hilliard homered to left on a full count. Hampson grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Nuñez struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. R.Rivera struck out. Syndergaard grounded out, second baseman Hampson to first baseman McMahon. Nimmo struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Rockies fifth. Hoffman hit an infield single to first. Story singled to center, Hoffman to second. McMahon walked on a full count, Hoffman to third, Story to second. Arenado fouled out to first baseman Alonso. Blackmon hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder McNeil, Hoffman scored. Desmond grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, McMahon out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. McNeil struck out. Alonso homered to left on a 1-2 count. Canó doubled to center. Frazier walked on four pitches. Diehl pitching. On Diehl's wild pitch, Canó to third, Frazier to second. Conforto walked. Almonte pitching. Rosario popped out to second baseman Hampson. R.Rivera grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman McMahon.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 6:
        Rockies sixth. Hilliard flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Hampson singled to right. Hampson stole second. Hampson stole third. Nuñez struck out. Tapia pinch-hitting for Almonte. Tapia singled to right, Hampson scored. Tapia stole second. Story walked. Familia pitching. On Familia's wild pitch, Tapia to third. Story stole second. McMahon struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Pazos pitching. Davis pinch-hitting for Familia. Davis grounded out, second baseman Hampson to first baseman McMahon. Nimmo singled to left. McNeil flied into a double play, left fielder Desmond to first baseman McMahon, Nimmo out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Rockies seventh. Brach pitching. Arenado struck out. Blackmon lined out to center fielder Nimmo. Desmond flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Tinoco pitching. Alonso singled to left. Canó grounded out, pitcher Tinoco to first baseman McMahon, Alonso to second. Frazier walked. Haggerty pinch-running for Frazier. J.Díaz pitching. Hilliard in as left fielder. Daza in as center fielder. On Nuñez's passed ball, Alonso to third, Haggerty to second. Conforto grounded out, third baseman Arenado to first baseman McMahon, Alonso scored. Rosario struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits:

        Bottom of 8:
        Rockies eighth. McNeil in as third baseman. Lugo pitching. Davis in as left fielder. Hilliard struck out. Hampson struck out. Alonso pinch-hitting for Nuñez. Alonso popped out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Wolters in as catcher. Ramos pinch-hitting for R.Rivera. Ramos walked. Lagares pinch-running for Ramos. Davis singled to right, Lagares to third. Nimmo singled to right, Lagares scored, Davis to second. McNeil walked on a full count, Davis to third, Nimmo to second. Harvey pitching. Alonso walked on four pitches, Davis scored, Nimmo to third, McNeil to second. Canó grounded into a double play, shortstop Story to second baseman Hampson to first baseman McMahon, Nimmo scored, McNeil to third, Alonso out. Lugo singled to center, McNeil scored. Conforto lined out to center fielder Daza.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 9:
        Rockies ninth. Nimmo in as left fielder. Lagares in as center fielder. Nido in as catcher. Murphy pinch-hitting for Daza. Murphy grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Story hit an infield single to second. McMahon struck out. Arenado grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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        • #5


          Alonso Hits 49th HR, Helps Mets Rally in 9th to Beat Rockies


          by MICHAEL KELLY

          DENVER, CO -- Pete Alonso didn't need a big swing in the ninth inning - just a good eye.

          Alonso hit his major league-leading 49th homer, then drew a bases-loaded walk during a four-run rally in the ninth that sent the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday.

          New York closed to three games behind the Cubs and Brewers for the second NL wild card when both teams lost later in the day. After winning two of three at Coors Field, the Mets have 10 games left this season starting with a three-game series in Cincinnati that opens Friday.

          "We would've liked to have a sweep at this point, but taking a series is huge for us. We're going to grab as many games as we can and see where the dust settles," Alonso said. "We still have an outside shot."

          Alonso hit a long solo home run to left field in the sixth. He moved within three homers for the most by a rookie, a mark set by Aaron Judge with 52 for the New York Yankees in 2017.

          Jeff McNeil also went deep for the Mets, who set a franchise record with 225 home runs this season.

          "We've still got some ball left so hopefully we can extend that a little bit," Alonso said.

          Trailing 4-3 going into the ninth, the Mets tied it on Brandon Nimmo's third hit, an RBI single off Jairo Diaz (5-4). After a walk to McNeil loaded the bases, Joe Harvey relieved and walked Alonso on four pitches to put New York ahead.

          "They don't want to have to groove a fastball to him when they fall behind," New York manager Mickey Callaway said. "He puts the fear in guys and he should because he's a great hitter. That allows him to be a little more patient."

          Another run scored on a double-play grounder, and Seth Lugo (7-4) hit an RBI single in his first plate appearance of the season.

          Lugo said he was waiting for an at-bat all year but his enthusiasm waned a bit when Harvey's first pitch to Alonso was high and inside.

          "I saw him miss around Pete's face and with those shadows I wasn't too comfortable out there the first couple of pitches," Lugo said. "I just didn't want to look dumb. I was staying short and see what happens."

          Rookie Sam Hilliard hit two home runs for the last-place Rockies, connecting both times off Noah Syndergaard. Hilliard's first homer went an estimated 447 feet to right-center and his second drive gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. Hilliard was recalled on Aug. 27 and homered in his debut that night.

          "It was a pitch I could handle and those are the ones you're not supposed to miss. I was fortunate enough to get a good swing on it," Hilliard said of his first home run.

          Syndergaard went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and striking out six. Rene Rivera started at catcher - Syndergaard recently expressed his interest in pitching to someone other than regular starter Wilson Ramos.

          Ramos pinch-hit for Rivera and drew a leadoff walk in the ninth to begin the Mets' rally.

          McNeil hit his 22nd homer, tagging Jeff Hoffman in the first inning. Hoffman allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (right triceps tightness) will throw off a mound again, Callaway said. Gsellman was scheduled to play catch Wednesday.

          TOUGH ENDING

          Diaz moved into the closer's role after Wade Davis was ineffective and Scott Oberg went on the injured list, and he converted his previous four save opportunities before Wednesday's blown chance.

          "Unfortunately, we've been here before, so we know how to handle it," third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "Jairo has been really good for us but this is one of those hiccups. They had really good at-bats towards the end. You just have to give them credit."

          UP NEXT

          Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA) pitches Friday night in Cincinnati. He is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.

          Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (3-6, 6.98) goes for his second consecutive win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. Lambert had gone without a victory in 15 straight starts before beating San Diego on Saturday.

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