Series: Game 1 of 3

Colorado leads 1-0 (as of 8/17)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 17
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 18
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Game 2: Thursday, August 19
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Game 3: Thursday, August 19
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in 10

Mets 4

(56-61, 25-36 away)

Rockies 6

(54-65, 30-31 home)

    9:05 PM ET, August 17, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: J. Jennings (11-10)

    L: D. Wheeler (3-1)

    S: S. Chacon (30)

    Holliday homers in sixth to boost Rockies

    DENVER (AP) -- His breaking balls squirting in all directions and his fastball riding up in the strike zone, Jason Jennings appeared to be headed for another bad outing.

    Not this time.

    Jennings overcame a slow start to pitch seven solid innings and Matt Holliday drove in the go-ahead run with a solo homer in the sixth, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the New York Mets 6-4 Tuesday night.

    "Some days it takes you a little while to find your rhythm and it took me two or three innings to find myself today," Jennings said. "I was able to do some damage control early on and get into a rhythm after that. It was ugly early on. I was kind of all over the place, and making bad pitches. I finally found my rhythm and was able to get going."

    Jennings (11-10) gave up 11 runs in 11 innings his previous two starts and wasn't much better at the start of this one. He gave up a leadoff double to Eric Valent in the first inning followed by Danny Garcia's single. Jennings struck out Cliff Floyd on a sinker in the dirt, but Richard Hidalgo lined a two-run double to the gap in right-center to put the Mets up 2-0.

    Hidalgo also had an RBI double in the third inning, but Jennings settled in after his rough start. The right-hander retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, leaving after giving up three runs and seven hits. He also struck out six, including Floyd four times.

    Jennings also helped himself with two hits, including a run-scoring single in the second inning.

    "He needed to take a step forward today," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "Yeah, he spun his wheels a little bit early, but he settled down and pitched a pretty good ballgame."

    He got plenty of help.

    Aaron Miles drove had three hits and two RBIS, Vinny Castilla eclipsed the 100-RBI mark and the Rockies had 12 hits to end a seven-game losing streak to the Mets. This after managing just nine singles no runs their final 16 innings against Pittsburgh last weekend.

    "It is good to see the guys swinging the bats, getting hits and pushing guys across the plate after those two games in Pittsburgh," Miles said

    Hidalgo had two doubles and three RBI, but the Mets couldn't overcome the early loss of starter Victor Zambrano to a sore elbow.

    The right-hander is questionable for his next scheduled start, Sunday against San Francisco, not good news for a team that's already missing catcher Mike Piazza (knee), second baseman Jose Reyes (leg) and shortstop Kaz Matsui (back).

    "They said it couldn't get any worse. It can," Mets manager Art Howe said.

    Zambrano has pitched well since being acquired from Tampa Bay -- four earned runs in 12 innings of a pair of victories -- but couldn't make it out of the second inning. He gave up a two-out double to Matt Holliday and walked J.D. Closser in the inning before leaving with elbow inflammation -- a problem he said bothered him before the trade.

    "I haven't been feeling very good," Zambrano said. "I was all right, feeling that I can pitch every game, but today it really was sore. I tried to keep battling and stay in the game, but I couldn't."

    The Rockies quickly took advantage of his departure.

    Jennings hit Dan Wheeler's first pitch between first and second for a run-scoring single, giving the Rockies their first run in 17 2-3 innings since Castilla's solo homer in the second inning against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Miles then beat out a single up the middle, scoring Closser to tie the game at 2.

    The Mets went back up in the third inning on Hidalgo's RBI double, but the Rockies tied it in the bottom half on Castilla's run-scoring single.

    Holliday made it 4-3 in the sixth, lifting his 11th homer over the wall in right-center off Wheeler (3-1). The Rockies added two runs in the eighth inning on Miles' RBI single off Pedro Feliciano and Royce Clayton's bases-loaded groundout against Ricky Bottalico.

    New York scored an unearned run in the ninth and had two runners on before Shawn Chacon struck out Garcia and got pinch-hitter Todd Zeile on a popup to join Jose Jimenez and Dave Veres as the only Colorado pitchers to save 30 games in a season.

    "There's probably a few in here who thought he'd never see 30," Hurdle said. "He picked up his 30th. That's a testament to his perseverance and obviously some patience on the organization's part."

    Game notes

    Colorado 1B Todd Helton made a spectacular catch in the second inning, reaching in the stands to snare Jason Phillips' popup down the line in right. ... Castilla has 100 RBI in a season for the first time since driving in 102 runs at the end of his first stint with Colorado in 1999. ... The Rockies' two runs in the second inning were their first in 14 2-3 innings against the Mets. ... Colorado RHP Steve Reed appeared in his 50th game, matching Lee Smith's major league record of 12 consecutive seasons with 50 appearances.

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