LeMahieu, Wolters have 2 RBIs apiece, Rockies beat Mets 7-4
DJ LeMahieu and Tony Wolters had two hits and two RBIs apiece and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 7-4 on Saturday night.
Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also had two hits for Colorado, which has won three straight at home for the first time this season.
Mets starter Logan Verrett (3-1) struggled in the same place where he earned his first win in his major league debut. Verrett gave up just one run in eight innings on Aug. 23, 2015, but was pulled in the third inning Saturday. Mets manager Terry Collins also was ejected for arguing in the third inning.
Neil Walker had three hits, including a solo home run, for the Mets, who have lost three straight and four of their last five.
Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-1) allowed four runs on nine hits in five-plus innings for the loss. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
The game turned in the third inning. Colorado sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning, with the big hits coming on a two-run double by Wolters and Charlie Blackmon's single that drove in two more to make it 7-1.
It was during Wolter's at-bat that Collins was tossed. He was upset when home plate umpire Carlos Torres ruled Wolters had fouled off a ball with two strikes. Replays showed Wolters didn't make contact, and he later doubled in the at-bat.
Walker's leadoff homer in the fourth - his 10th and first since April 27th - and two more runs in the sixth made it 7-4. Gonzalez German relieved starter Eddie Butler after the first two batters reached in the inning and worked out of the jam.
Mets: Collins said 3B David Wright will probably sit out Sunday's game. It is a normal day of rest for Wright, who has struggled at the plate. He has struck out 45 times this season. He was 2 for 4 Saturday night.
Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (strained left groin) made a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque. De La Rosa allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings.
Rockies: Struggling OF Carlos Gonzalez was moved from third to fifth in the lineup. Gonzalez has not hit a home run in 24 games, his longest streak since 2012. Gonzalez has not had an RBI since April 24, a span of 17 games. Manager Walt Weiss said moving the All-Star outfielder down in the lineup was to ease the pressure on him.
"I think he's putting a lot of pressure on himself being in that three hole and he's struggling right now," Weiss said. "And I know he's wearing it. He's grinding right now."
Gonzalez was 0 for 4 and saw his average drop to .287.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.12 ERA) is 2-0 in two starts against Colorado. He has not allowed a run to the Rockies in 15 innings against them.
Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 3.09) will try to change his fortunes at Coors Field. Chatwood is 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA in four home starts this season.
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