Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Curtis Granderson's three-run homer snapped a 5-5 tie in the sixth inning to rally the Mets from an early 5-0 deficit. New York scored two runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and six more in the sixth.
2) Amed Rosario made several nice plays at short and picked up his first career RBI with a triple in the fifth inning. He scored his first run on Travis d'Arnaud's RBI groundout. Jay Bruce slugged his 29th home run while Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera -- who went 3-for-5 -- each doubled in a run. Michael Conforto had two hits, including an RBI single.
3) Chris Flexen allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings in his second Major League start. The right-hander pitched two scoreless frames but allowed six consecutive hits and all five runs in the third, punctuated by Carlos Gonzalez's two-run homer to center. Flexen was removed from the game after developing a blister on his right index finger and was replaced by Chasen Bradford in the fourth.
4) The Mets bullpen combined to allow three hits while striking out seven over six scoreless innings. Bradford (1-0) struck out two over two perfect frames to pick up his first Major League win.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
After a rocky debut for Flexen, I'm going to be honest, I didn't expect much better in his second start. Well, his first inning was much better, giving up only one hit and getting a strikeout, and his second went pretty well too. But in the third, things went downhill quickly with Flexen giving up five runs on six hits.
To no one's surprise, Flexen was taken out after the inning, but it also turns out he had a blister on his index finger. Because it truly never fails when it comes to this team and any sort of injury. Nevertheless, Bradford came in to start the bottom of the fourth and pitched two perfect innings.
On the bright side though, we got to see more of Rosario's defense. Whereas in his debut, he misjudged Trevor Story's speed and took his time making the play, tonight was a different story. He made a quick routine play in the bottom of the second and was able to get Story out and also made a very nice play in the bottom of the third when he snapped a low liner hit by Blackmon.
Rosario also showed off his speed in the top of the fifth when he hit his first triple and got his first Major League RBI. We may all have thought that Jose Reyes was fast when he debuted, but Rosario is giving him a run for his money. The Mets did come back after Rosario's RBI and Bruce's home run. Cespedes hit an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and Granderson belted a three-run homer to give the Mets the lead.
It was quite a comeback, and it continued to get better. Cespedes had a great catch to end the sixth, Paul Sewald pitched two scoreless innings, and AJ Ramos kept the Rockies from scoring at all in the bottom of the ninth.
You've gotta give props where props are due -- the bullpen was beautiful in tonight's game. It was definitely refreshing to see. As was the big come from behind victory. >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak at Coors Field. The five-run deficit was the second-largest they have overcome this season. New York rallied from 7-1 down to defeat the Marlins, 8-7, on May 5.
Conforto has 28 multi-hit efforts this season, including 11 in 19 games since the All-Star break.
Jose Reyes entered the game at second base during a double-switch in the fourth. It was his first time playing the position since 2004.
Cespedes threw out a runner at the plate in the third and made a nice leaping catch near the wall in the sixth.
Through his first two big league starts, Flexen has allowed eight earned runs on 13 hits and five walks in six innings (12.00 ERA).
In 19 games since the All-Star break, Jacob deGrom (four), Seth Lugo (two) and Rafael Montero (two) are the only Mets starters to complete six innings.
The Mets (49-56) go for a series win and close out their road trip against the Rockies (61-47) at Coors Field on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (1-7, 5.56 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) takes aim at his first victory since June 25 after a no-decision extended his winless streak to four. The right-hander was effective early against the Mariners on Friday, but came apart in the fifth inning and ultimately allowed five runs in 4 2/3. Montero earned his first big league win against the Rockies in his only career appearance against them in 2014.
German Marquez (9-4, 4.08 ERA 1.29 WHIP) looks to win his fifth consecutive start as he closes out the three-game set. The 22-year-old allowed two runs and struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings during a 4-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday. Marquez has never faced the Mets.