Rusin roughed up in Rockies 14-9 loss to Mets
DENVER (AP) -- Chris Rusin went from a memorable outing to one he can't wait to forget.
Coming off his first career shutout, Rusin was roughed up for 11 runs in two-plus innings and the New York Mets went on to beat the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night by a 14-9 score for the second straight day.
Juan Uribe homered off Rusin to start an eight-run burst in the third inning. In all, the NL East leaders got a season high-tying 21 hits, including 10 for extra bases. Every New York starter had at least one hit, with pitcher Jonathon Niese (8-9) delivering a two-run single in the big third.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said unlike his previous outing, Rusin's pitching location was off. Rusin (4-6) allowed 12 hits, including eight doubles.
"His pitches were elevated," Weiss said. "Everything was down the last time out. And the ball is flying right now. That's the way the park has played the last couple nights."
It was 14-3 in the fifth inning before Colorado began a comeback that fell short.
A day after Yoenis Cespedes homered three times, got five hits and drove in seven runs for the Mets, he singled twice and drove in a run.
Curtis Granderson, who had three hits, and Travis d'Arnaud each had two doubles for the Mets.
Uribe gave the Mets a home run in a season-high nine straight games. Rusin faced eight batters in the third without recording an out before being lifted in favor of reliever Justin Miller.
"That third inning, I definitely missed my spots and left the ball up," Rusin said. "It was just one of those games as a starter, it's one of a starter's worst nightmares. You don't ever wish it upon anybody, you don't wish it upon yourself. It's one of those things you have to forget about, wipe away, have a short term memory and get started on the next team you're about to face."
Kyle Parker tripled, doubled and drove in four runs for Colorado. Charlie Blackmon and Jose Reyes hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth.
Niese went 5 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs and 11 hits.
Down 3-0, the Rockies evened the score on Parker's bases-loaded triple in the second.
The Mets quickly broke open the game when Uribe drove an 0-2 offering from Rusin over the center field fence.
Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick, nearing a return from a right shoulder injury that put him on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 1, is scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Sunday. "He's feeling good," Weiss said. "He is progressing. So the simulated game is next; try to build him back up and get him out there." ... C Nick Hundley was lifted in the bottom of the sixth inning after a foul tip came straight back and hit him in the head. "He was a little woozy so we got him out of there," Weiss said. Hundley is being examined for a possible concussion.
Mets: With Matt Harvey getting a planned one-start break from the rotation, Logan Verrett (0-0) will get the start in his place.
Rockies: RHP David Hale (3-4) gave up a season-high six runs in his last start, though he escaped with a no-decision.
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