Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/19)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 17
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Colorado6
Game 2: Wednesday, August 18
NY MetsPostponed
Colorado
Game 2: Thursday, August 19
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Colorado3
Game 3: Thursday, August 19
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in 10
Colorado2

Mets 10

(57-61, 26-36 away)

Rockies 3

(54-66, 30-32 home)

    3:05 PM ET, August 19, 2004

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    NYM 301112011 10 15 0
    COL 100200000 3 12 0

    W: K. Benson (10-9)

    L: S. Estes (13-5)

    Cameron notches HR, four RBI

    DENVER (AP) -- Mike Cameron never thought the ball would clear the wall.

    He didn't have to worry. This is Coors Field, after all.

    Cameron lined a three-run homer over the center-field fence in the first inning and drove in four runs, and Kris Benson pitched six solid innings to lead the New York Mets past the Colorado Rockies 10-3 Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader.

    "It was just a fastball up and I stayed on top of it," Cameron said. "I didn't think it was going to go out because of how low it was hit. It carried out, so that's a good thing."

    Richard Hidalgo hit his 20th homer and Vance Wilson had three hits and two RBI for the Mets, who roughed up Shawn Estes to win for the fourth time in six games.

    The teams were forced to play two after Wednesday night's game was rained out. Colorado's Jeff Fassero was set to face Al Leiter in the nightcap.

    New York had 15 hits and Colorado 12, but the difference was that the Mets capitalized on their scoring chances and the Rockies didn't. Colorado stranded 12 baserunners, including seven in the first four innings when the game was still close.

    "It wasn't a good day for us. We were outpitched," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "It wasn't as close at 9-3 or 10-3. It wasn't that close."

    Estes (13-5) had pitched well the past six weeks, going eight starts without losing. But he certainly wasn't as sharp in this one.

    The Mets batted around against the left-hander in the first inning, with Gerald Williams and Joe McEwing starting things off with a pair of singles.

    Estes appeared as if he would get out of the inning after Todd Zeile hit into a double play, but he walked Hidalgo and left a fastball up in the zone to Cameron, who lined it over the wall in center for his career-high 26th homer.

    Estes kept having trouble keeping the ball down after that, giving up an RBI single to Benson in the third, Hidalgo's solo homer in the fourth and Williams' run-scoring triple in the fifth that made it 6-3.

    The left-hander allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings, his first loss since June 29 against Milwaukee. He also matched a season high with six walks.

    "Some days are just like this. There are no excuses," Estes said. "I didn't make pitches when I had to. It's one thing to get into some situations where they have runners in scoring position and just get hit. You have to make pitches to get out of them."

    Benson (10-9) worked through trouble as well, allowing at least two baserunners in three of the first four innings. He just did a better job of limiting the damage.

    Benson gave up a run in the first inning when Cameron misplayed Vinny Castilla's flyball near the wall in center, twisting around as the ball dropped over his head for an RBI double.

    Benson started the fourth inning by hitting Matt Holliday with a pitch and walking Charles Johnson, leading to two more runs. Royce Clayton knocked in Holliday with a single, and Johnson scored from third on a wild pitch to cut New York's lead to 5-3.

    But that was it for the Rockies. Benson left after giving up three runs and seven hits in his second win in four starts with New York since being traded from Pittsburgh.

    "I felt pretty good out there, I feel I pitched pretty well," Benson said. "Anytime you can get out of here with a win and hold those guys under five or six runs, it's always a good day."

    Mike Stanton, Mike DeJean, Ricky Bottalico and Pedro Feliciano combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

    New York scored two more runs off Allan Simpson in the sixth on Wilson's RBI double and a groundout by Danny Garcia that made it 8-3. Wilson added another RBI double in the eighth, and Cameron had an RBI double in the ninth.

    Game notes


    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, becoming the sixth Mets player to hit 20 homers and have 20 stolen bases in a season. ... DeJean had to leave in the eighth inning after being hit on the leg by Aaron Miles' line drive. ... It was the 29th doubleheader in Rockies history.

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