Charlie Blackmon appears to hit a home run to left-center, but the ball is ruled in play and Blackmon hustles for an inside-the-park homer
The offense came early and often for the Rockies, with four runs off Mets starter Steven Matz in the first inning. In his first game back from the disabled list, Ian Desmond made it 2-0 with a two-out, two-run single through the right side. Two batters later, Trevor Story doubled down the left-field line to make it 4-0 before the Mets even came to bat. Nolan Arenado's three-run home run in the second inning upped the lead to 7-0, and Matz faced just one more batter after that for the shortest and worst outing of his career.
Arenado's blast KOs Matz: Matz entered with a 7-3 record and a 1.99 ERA in 11 career starts during the day, but the Rockies quickly disregarded those numbers. Already cushioned with a 4-0 lead, Colorado's offense went back to work in the second. A Blackmon double and a LeMahieu single brought up Arenado, who parked one 419 feet to left-center. Matz lasted one more batter, allowing a single to Mark Reynolds, before receiving the hook. The average exit velocity of those final four hits was 96.8 mph, according to - With Matz unable to record an out in the second, it marked the briefest outing from a Mets starter since Sean Gilmartin recorded just two outs on Sept. 24, 2016.
- Sunday's game was just the third time since 2008 the Rockies have scored 13 or more runs on the road. They also did it in 2011 in Houston (a 19-3 win) and in '16 in San Francisco (a 17-7 win). In that same span, they've scored 13 or more 19 times at Coors Field.
- Both Blackmon and T.J. Rivera extended their hitting streaks to 11, which is tied for the longest active streak in the Majors.
Blackmon got credit for his second inside-the-park home run of the season, even though it appeared that his seventh-inning fly ball cleared the wall in center field. Replays appeared to show that the ball hit above the orange home-run line, but umpires ruled the ball in play and Blackmon circled the bases, unaware that the ball actually hit above the line. Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson, who was close enough to see the ball hit above the line, didn't pursue it after it bounced past him. Because Blackmon scored, there was no need to review the play, although Blackmon said he would have preferred to have it scored as a regular home run.
Rockies: Right-hander German Marquez makes his first start since July 7 when the Rockies open a three-game series with the Padres Monday night at Coors Field. Right-hander Luis Perdomo starts for San Diego, with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m. MT.
Mets: After taking two of three against the Rockies, the Mets will stay home and look to rebound against the Cardinals in the opener of a four-game set Monday. Right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-6, 4.86 ERA) will start opposite the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (10-5, 5.20 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York who covered the Rockies on Sunday.
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