Rockies batter Pedro, Mets in 7-1 win
DENVER ” Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe homered on Pedro Martinez’s first two pitches in the fifth inning, touching off a six-run burst that led the Colorado Rockies over the New York Mets, 7-1, on Saturday night.
Martinez (2-1) cruised through the first four innings before the Rockies broke loose.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7) pitched eight strong innings for his first win in more than two months. He limited the Mets to one run and two hits ” he also singled twice and scored a run.
Martinez lasted just 41⁄3 innings, his shortest outing since coming off the disabled list June 3. He’d struck out five before Atkins homered over the left-field wall and Hawpe hit a drive to right.
Troy Tulowitzki, who returned from the disabled list Friday night, followed with a double. Jimenez singled to deep shortstop and Willy Taveras hit an RBI single that put Colorado ahead, 3-1.
Jeff Baker, trying for a home run in his fifth straight game, hit an RBI double off the right-field wall. Matt Holliday delivered a two-run single up the middle for a 6-1 lead.
Claudio Vargas relieved Martinez and got Todd Helton to ground into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, Helton doubled home Taveras.
The Mets, playing for the fourth time under new manager Jerry Manuel, got off to a quick start. Jose Reyes led off the game with a triple into the right-field corner and scored on Luis Castillo’s sacrifice fly.
Notes: Taveras stole his NL-leading 35th base. He also set his single-season high in steals. … The Rockies announced that a seventh-inning error charged to Holliday on Friday night was taken away. As a result, Carlos Beltran’s single was changed to a double. … Rockies RHP Kip Wells threw 60 pitches in a simulated game Saturday. Manager Clint Hurdle said Wells, who had a blood clot removed from his right hand May 6, will travel with the team to Kansas City and throw out of the bullpen. … The Mets signed OF Javier Rodriguez, their second-round pick in this month’s draft. He will be assigned to the rookie level Gulf Coast Mets.
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