Series: Game 3 of 3

Colorado won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, July 25
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 26
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 27
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Mets 9

(52-49, 20-28 away)

Rockies 3

(36-64, 26-24 home)

    9:05 PM ET, July 27, 2005

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    W: V. Zambrano (5-9)

    L: J. Wright (5-11)

    Mets seize victory with six-run fifth inning

    DENVER (AP) -- Their bats unusually quiet in their first two games at baseball's highest-scoring ballpark, the New York Mets needed someone to get them going.

    Marlon Anderson and Ramon Castro -- two unlikely sources -- did just that.

    Anderson hit two homers, Castro homered and had three RBI and Victor Zambrano pitched seven strong innings to help the Mets avoid a three-game sweep to baseball's worst team with a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

    "I feel like those guys are supposed to do that, really in a lot of ways," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "They have stepped up and done a tremendous job, maybe a little step above."

    New York had five runs and 15 hits the first two games at Coors Field before finally breaking out at the hitter-friendly park. The Mets had 13 hits, batted around in a six-run fifth inning and scored at least nine runs for the ninth time to avoid their first sweep by Colorado in eight years.

    Everyone had a hand in it. David Wright had a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, Jose Reyes had three hits to push his hitting streak to 10 and every starter had at least one hit.

    But it was Anderson and Castro who got it all started.

    Anderson hit his second homer of the season into Colorado's bullpen in right-center in the second inning, then lifted another solo shot out to right for his first multihomer game. Castro hit the next pitch out to left for his third homer, putting the Mets up 3-1 and in position for their seventh win in 10 games.

    "It's always good to get the offense going," said Anderson, who had never hit two homers on any level as a professional. "The main thing was to get the win, however we had to."

    The Rockies were looking for their third sweep of the season and fourth win in six games. Starter Jamey Wright (5-11) didn't give them much of a chance.

    The right-hander gave up the two homers to Anderson, then allowed six runs in the fifth before being lifted without getting an out. Wright gave up 11 hits and matched a career high with nine runs, the sixth time in 20 starts he's allowed at least six earned runs.

    "It was hard to repeat pitches," Wright said. "I'd throw a good sinker in the zone and then throw one belt high or well outside. It was hard to get pitches down at the knees. It seems like it's been getting harder with each start."

    Colorado managed just five hits off Zambrano in seven innings and stranded 10 runners to match its worst record after 100 games (36-64 in 1993) in franchise history.

    "Their guy came out firing strikes, mixing good breaking balls to our right-handed hitters with changeups to left-handed hitters," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "And we didn't do much against him."

    Shaky in his last outing -- six runs in 4 2-3 innings Friday against Los Angeles -- Zambrano (5-9) was back in form against the Rockies.

    Colorado strung together three two-out singles for a run in the first, capped by Eric Byrnes' flare to center that ended his 0-for-10 slump. Zambrano didn't allow another hit until Cory Sullivan hit a two-out single in the fifth and scored on Aaron Miles' double to the corner in right that made it 9-2.

    Zambrano was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth after allowing two runs -- the 17th time in 19 starts he's allowed three earned runs or less. And he did it at Coors Field, where he had a 13.50 ERA in his previous two appearances.

    "I didn't think it was hard to pitch here, I liked the mound here," Zambrano said. "I didn't pitch differently here at all."

    Zambrano wasn't bad with the bat, either, starting New York's rally in the fifth inning with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line. Wright and Castro each had two-run doubles in the inning, Carlos Beltran had an RBI double and Miguel Cairo knocked in a run with a single to put the Mets up 9-1.

    "I guess he thinks he's an athlete," Randolph said of Zambrano. "He does that every once in a while."

    Game notes

    Mets 1B Doug Mientkiewicz was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez in the fifth inning for arguing a called third strike. ... New York has hit homers in consecutive at-bats twice this season. The other came April 10 at Atlanta, when Beltran and Cliff Floyd did it. ... Colorado SS Desi Relaford was 0-for-3 and is 2-for-34 in July.

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