The New York Mets had to wait over 24 hours to play the final game of their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, but it was definitely worth the wait. Playing without David Wright (rest) and Ike Davis (DL), the Mets beat the Rockies 9-5 behind one of the most impressive offensive outbursts in team history from Carlos Beltran.
Jon Niese wasn't great for New York, giving up five runs over 6.1 innings, but he was still able to earn his second victory of the season thanks to the bat of his right fielder.
Beltran provided all the offense the Mets would need, delivering two-run home runs in the first, seventh and ninth innings. He becomes just the eighth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, the first in five years and all eight have done it on the road. It is the first time in Beltran's career he has had three home runs in a game.
Niese was pulled by Terry Collins on the seventh inning after giving up an RBI single to Alfredo Amezaga. His line was closed when Mike O'Connor came in and gave up a two-run double. O'Connor recorded the second out of the ining before Taylor Buchholz got Met killer Troy Tulowitzki to line out to left field.
Jason Isringhausen labored through 24 pitches, but was able to get through the eighth inning unscathed. Francisco Rodriguez made quick work of Colorado in the ninth to help the Mets take the series.
The Mets are back in action Friday night against the Houston Astros. Dillon Gee (2-0) will look to keep his record perfect against Bud Norris.
|Final - 5.12.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|New York Mets||2||0||0||3||0||0||2||0||2||9||6||0|
|WP: Jon Niese (2 - 4)
LP: Ubaldo Jimenez (0 - 3)