Holliday nails 3-run HR, Hirsh leaves hurt in 6th as Rockies roll

" Turning point: Holliday sent a 3-2 fastball from Tom Glavine into the middle of the left-field seats for his 14th homer and a 3-0 lead.

" Hero: Hirsh pitched six solid innings and added two singles before spraining his right ankle on a pickoff attempt at third base.

" Goat: Glavine, who was denied his 298th career win, allowed six hits in the third inning.

" Quotable: "I've never been on third base, it's kind of far away from the dugout." -- Hirsh

-- ESPN.com news services

Rockies 6, Mets 2

DENVER -- Right-hander Jason Hirsh was a scary sight on the
mound and on the bases Monday night.

Hirsh threw six shutout innings but left Colorado's 6-2 win over
the New York Mets after spraining his right ankle at third base
while trying to avoid a pick-off throw from the catcher.

"I've never been on third base, it's kind of far away from the
dugout," Hirsh said. "I was taking my lead. I didn't think I was
really dancing around or doing anything kind of fancy out there.
It's just when [Tom] Glavine wound up, I took the lead and when he
threw the pitch I got back."

He beat the throw but his night was over.

"I remember hitting the bag and then I remember just falling
over. I have to go back and look at the super slow-mo, but I heard
it was fairly disgusting," Hirsh said.

Hirsh said the team doctor told him he avoided a more serious
injury because he already had that ankle taped because of
tendinitis from the way he drags the leg in his follow-through.

A hobbled Hirsh said he expected to be OK in a couple of days
but with the All-Star break coming up, the Rockies can afford to
skip his next start as a precaution and give him more than a week's

Hirsh gave the Rockies more than they could have hoped for both
on the mound and at the plate, where he collected the first two-hit
game of his career and drove in two runs, the first RBIs of his

Coming off a 1-9 trip, their worst ever for that many games away
from home, the Rockies celebrated their return to Coors Field by
winning for the 10th time in their last 12 games at home.

Led by Matt Holliday's three-run homer, they scored six times in
the third off Glavine (7-6), who was denied his 298th career win,
and the lanky right-hander Hirsh (4-7) capitalized on the early
lead to throttle the Mets, who had won eight of 10.

Hirsh allowed three hits, walked one and struck out two in a
strong bid to keep his spot in the rotation.

"That was excellent. That was nothing but top-shelf stuff,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's a good lineup. He got
outs with his fastball. He was able to get it where he wanted it.
That was his centerpiece. The breaking ball and changeup came into
play at the right times. Great game plan. He controlled bat speed
the entire time he was out there."

Hirsh, who said his pitches were moving better than they had all
year, added two singles, including a two-run chopper down the
right-field line in the third, when Glavine labored through a
38-pitch inning in which he allowed six hits.

"The pitcher had one hit all year or something like that, finds
a hole right down the first base line which obviously didn't help
any," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

While his first hit hurt the Mets, Hirsh's second hit ultimately
pained the Rockies.

"Before I went to that at-bat, Clint told me, 'Either strike
out or hit a home run. Don't do anything stupid,"' recounted
Hirsh, who instead legged out an infield single off Glavine to
start the sixth.

He was sacrificed to second, took third on a single and then he
got hurt.

"I know the bullpen really needed a night off and I really felt
like I had good enough stuff where I could have gone eight or nine
innings," Hirsh said. "And I think I was more upset that I wasn't
going to be able to stay in the game and continue pitching than I
was about rolling the ankle."

Glavine tied his season high with five walks to go with three
strikeouts in six innings. He allowed nine hits.

Holliday, who received the most votes in the players' All-Star
balloting, followed singles by Willy Taveras and Jamey Carroll by
sending an inside 3-2 fastball from Glavine 415 feet into the
middle of the left-field seats for his 14th homer that gave
Colorado a 3-0 lead.

"I guess the pitch to him stands out. It was the
difference-maker," Glavine said. "I'm still not convinced it was
that bad a pitch."

Brad Hawpe followed with an RBI single and, after Chris Iannetta
was intentionally walked to load the bases, Hirsh chopped a two-run
single down the right-field line just out of first baseman
Carlos Delgado's reach to make it 6-0. It was his second hit and first
RBIs of his career.

The Mets scored twice off Jorge Julio in he eighth. Ruben Gotay
singled and Jose Reyes doubled with nobody out. Gotay scored on a
wild pitch and Reyes came across on Carlos Beltran's groundout.

Game notes
LHP Oliver Perez will be eligible to return to the Mets for
their first game after the All-Star break. He was placed on the
15-day DL Monday retroactive to June 27 because of persistent lower
back stiffness. The Mets recalled LHP Jason Vargas, who will start
against the Rockies on Tuesday night. ... At 95 degrees, this was
the second-hottest night game in Coors Field history, two degrees
cooler than it was on July 1, 2002.