DENVER (AP) -- David Wright hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in
the ninth inning and the New York Mets completed a doubleheader
sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday
New York won the opener 10-3 behind Kris Benson's pitching and
Mike Cameron's four RBIs.
The Mets tied the second game in the eighth inning against Tim
Harikkala, when Eric Valent led off with his seventh homer.
Richard Hidalgo opened the ninth inning with a popup behind the
mound and reached first when Steve Reed (3-3) was charged with an
error after colliding with shortstop Royce Clayton. Wright followed
with his fifth homer, sending a drive over the wall in left-center.
After the teams labored through the first game in 3 hours, 26
minutes, Jeff Fassero and Al Leiter had things going at a brisk
pace in the nightcap -- until the lights went out. The game was
delayed 13 minutes in the fourth inning after most of the lights
around Coors Field went dark.
Fassero worked quickly and effectively before and after the
break, allowing two hits in the first three innings before giving
up a run on Hidalgo's sacrifice fly in the fourth. Fassero didn't
yield much after that, leaving after allowing a run and four hits
in six innings.
Colorado had the bases loaded with none out in the fourth inning
against Leiter, but managed just one run. That came when Matt
Holliday slid into second baseman Joe McEwing to break up a
potential inning-ending double play.
The Rockies went up 2-1 on another hard slide in the sixth
inning, with J.D. Closser taking out McEwing this time. Shortstop
Wilson Delgado made a nice play in the hole on Jorge Piedro's
chopper, but his throw was low and McEwing couldn't get out of the
way in time.
McEwing stayed on the field clutching his left leg and remained
there for several minutes before being helped off by New York's
trainers. He was replaced by Danny Garcia.
McEwing was sent to a hospital for X-rays on his shin and ankle.
Mets manager Art Howe said McEwing definitely wouldn't play Friday
against San Francisco and wasn't sure when he would return.
New York placed right-hander Victor Zambrano on the 15-day
disabled list earlier in the day and lost reliever Mike DeJean in
the eighth inning of the first game when he was hit on the shin by
Aaron Miles' liner. This for a team that's already missing slugger
Mike Piazza (knee), second baseman Jose Reyes (leg) and shortstop
Kaz Matsui (back).
Reliever Braden Looper hit Closser on the leg with a pitch in
his next at-bat in the eighth inning and was immediately ejected by
plate umpire Lance Barksdale. Manager Art Howe came charging out of
the dugout and argued with Barksdale for several minutes, finally
heading back to the dugout after Mike Stanton started warming up.
Stanton (1-5) worked the final 1 1-3 innings for the win. Leiter
allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He also walked five.
New York won the opener by roughing up Rockies starter Shawn
The Mets batted around against the left-hander in the first
inning, capped by Cameron's career-high 26th homer, a three-run
shot to center.
Estes had difficulty keeping the ball down after that, allowing
six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He lost for the first time
since June 29 against Milwaukee and matched a season high with six
Benson (10-9) did a better job of working out of trouble,
allowing three runs and seven hits in six solid innings. It was his
second win in four starts with New York since being traded from
Cameron's 26 homers match the team record for a center
fielder, set by Tommie Agee in 1969. ... Cameron stole second in
the eighth inning of the first game, becoming the sixth Mets player
to hit 20 homers and have 20 stolen bases in a season. ... Hidalgo
hit his 20th homer in the first game.