August 23, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Collin McHugh (36) throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. McHugh is making his major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Mets Vs. Rockies: New York Wastes Collin McHugh's Impressive Debut Start

Collin McHugh struck out nine batters in seven innings in his MLB debut on Thursday, but the Mets fell, 1-0, to Colorado at Citi Field.

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Mets Vs. Rockies Final Score: New York Wastes Collin McHugh's Debut Gem In 1-0 Loss

The New York Mets lost to the Colorado Rockies, 1-0, on Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets dropped all four games in the four-game set.

Collin McHugh got the first start of his career for the Mets and went seven innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out nine batters. McHugh's debut was ultimately wasted as the Mets' seven hits and six walks were scattered by a handful of Rockies pitchers. The Mets finished 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.

Bobby Parnell replaced McHugh and gave up three hits and an earned run in the eighth inning. Parnell was charged with the loss. The Rockies pitched by committee for the game. Tyler Chatwood started but only went three innings, giving up no runs, three hits and three walks. Four other pitchers combined to finish the game, giving up four hits and three walks, but no runs. Rex Brothers got the win for Colorado for pitching two scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh innings. Matt Belisle picked up the save for pitching a scoreless ninth.

Chris Nelson plated the only run in the game with an RBI single off of Parnell in the eighth inning. The Mets got a runner on base in the bottom of the ninth when pinch hitter Justin Turner got a single. Andres Torres was a pinch runner for Turner and got to second base on a sacrifice fly, but was stranded there as the game ended.

The Mets (57-68) will begin their next series on Friday against the Houston Astros (39-85) at Citi Field.


Final - 8.23.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Mets Waste Solid Matt Harvey Start, Fall To Rockies, 5-2

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Wilin Rosario belted the tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, as the Colorado Rockies continued their domination of the New York Mets with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

Tyler Colvin had two hits and scored twice for the Rockies, who will aim for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon. Colorado, which has won four in a row and eight of its last 10 contests, has won eight straight road games against the Mets.

Scott Hairston and Ike Davis each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have been held to two runs or less in five consecutive contests, their longest stretch since Sept. 15-19, 2003.

"Each one of us is going out and taking our jobs seriously. We don't take it lightly," Hairston said. "We play our hearts out. Our best wasn't good enough today."

Colorado lost center fielder Dexter Fowler with a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the fourth inning.

Ruben Tejada doubled leading off the bottom of the first, With men on first and third and one out, Hairston lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.

Colorado didn't get its first hit until the fourth inning when Jonathan Herrera lined a leadoff single to left field.

Fowler then grounded a single into right field. The throw to first base went awry and Fowler cruised into second base. As he touched the base, Fowler's right foot bent awkwardly and he collapsed to the ground in pain, holding his ankle.

Fowler was helped off the field by two trainers and Jordan Pacheco entered as a pinch-runner.

Rosario's sacrifice fly to center field plated Herrera.

Ramon Ramirez (2-3) gave up Rosario's 20th homer of the year, a leadoff blast to left field. Colvin followed with a double and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on DJ LeMahieu's squeeze bunt that was overrun by Ramirez.

Hairston doubled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, and Davis greeted reliever Matt Reynolds with a line drive RBI single to right-center field.

In the ninth, Chris Nelson's soft liner to right field plate Colvin, and pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge added an RBI double into the right field corner, with both hits coming off Frank Francisco. After coming back to the dugout, a frustrated Francisco threw a water cooler to the ground.

Rafael Betancourt ran into trouble in the bottom half, but notched his 25th save of the year. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter singled with one out, and with two down pinch-hitter Justin Turner drew a walk after a 10-pitch at-bat. Betancourt then retired Ronny Cedeno on a fly ball to the edge of the warning track in left field.

Jeff Francis pitched the first five innings before yielding to Carlos Torres (2-1), who gave up one hit over 2 2/3 frames.

Mets starter Matt Harvey allowed three hits and had nine strikeouts over six innings.

"I feel like there's more I could have done and more I could have helped the team with," Harvey said. "Going eight innings and not giving up a run would have been nice."

Game Notes

New York has lost 14 of its last 16 home games ... The Mets are 10 games under .500 (57-67) for the first time since the end of the 2009 season ... Both teams announced roster moves prior to the game. The Mets placed Johan Santana on the 15-day disabled list and announced the left-hander would not pitch again this season due to lower back inflammation ... The Rockies reinstated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from the bereavement list and also optioned pitcher Guillermo Moscoso to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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Mets Vs. Rockies Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets probably can't wait to get on the field Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies, if for no other reason than to put Tuesday's game behind them.

The Amazins were anything but, throwing the ball all over the park in what might have been their ugliest loss of the 2012 season.

Now, the Mets turn to rookie Matt Harvey in hopes of a shot in the arm.

Despite being 2-3, Harvey has been excellent since he was called up in July. The 23-year-old has a 3.00 ERA and shut down the powerful Cincinnati Reds in his most recent start. Harvey went 7 2/3 innings and only allowed one run on four hits while striking out eight.

Opposing Harvey will be Jeff Francis, who has been knocked around all year. Francis is 4-4 even with an ERA of 6.07 on the campaign. Since making his way back to Colorado after toiling in Cincinnati's farm system in April and May, Francis hasn't pitched deeper than six innings in any contest.

The Mets still have a chance to salvage a split in this four-game series with Harvey hoping to turn his team's fortunes.

TV: SNY

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

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Rockies lead the series 2-0

Mon 08/20 WP: Rex Brothers (7 - 2)
SV: Rafael Betancourt
LP: Josh Edgin (1 - 1)
1 - 3 loss
Tue 08/21 WP: Jhoulys Chacin (1 - 3)
LP: Chris Young (3 - 7)
2 - 6 loss

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@ New York Mets

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
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Jeff Francis vs Matt Harvey

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Mets Vs. Rockies Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

After spoiling a start for this season's ace R.A. Dickey, the New York Mets will look for a bounce-back performance against the visiting Colorado Rockies Tuesday, when the pair square of in the second of a four-game series at Citi Field (7:10 p.m. ET).

Veteran right-hander Chris Young will get the start for the Mets, who dropped Game 1 by a score of 3-1. Young (3-6), a part of New York's new six-man pitching rotation, will be tossing with two extra days of rest, as he opposes the Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin (0-3).

Chacin is making his first start after a rehab stint that has kept him out since May 6.


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Colorado Rockies
@ New York Mets

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Jhoulys Chacin vs Chris Young

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Mets Bats Unable To Support Dickey In Loss To Rockies

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Jonathan Herrera scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning on a passed ball as the Colorado Rockies downed the New York Mets, 3-1, in the opener of a four-game set.

Herrera reached on a bunt single and moved to second on Josh Edgin's (1-1) throwing error to first. He scampered to third on Chris Nelson's sacrifice bunt and scored when Kelly Shoppach was unable to hang onto an Edgin slider.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the home half. Jordany Valdespin bounced one down the first-base line, but Tyler Colvin made a backhanded stab and flipped to the covering Matt Belisle, who just got to the bag in time to nab the sliding Valdespin.

[Related: Johan Santana having MRI on back]

Colorado added an insurance run in the ninth on Ramon Hernandez's RBI single to left field and Rafael Betancourt tossed a scoreless home half to notch his 24th save of the season.

Colvin smacked a solo homer, while Rex Brothers (7-2) struck out two over 1 1/3 scoreless frames to pick up the win.

Alex White started the game for Colorado and allowed a run on three hits and two walks in four innings.

R.A. Dickey fanned six and surrendered a run on three hits and two walks in seven innings for the Mets, who have lost five of their last seven games. With a no decision, Dickey still has 15 wins on the year, one behind Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto and Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the National League lead.

"When you get a well-pitched game like he gave us it's frustrating and the guys are frustrated by it," Mets manager Terry Collins said about the loss. "We're just not producing runs."

Daniel Murphy lined a two-out RBI single in the opening frame before Colvin crushed a homer to right field in the fifth to knot the contest at 1-1.

"I was fortunate enough to hit it. It was a nice little knuckleball there with two strikes that I could handle," Colvin said about his home run.

Game Notes

The Mets were 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base, while Colorado finished 1-for-5 with RISP and stranded five ... Colvin's homer was his 14th of the year.

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