NEW YORK (AP) — The skidding New York Mets fell under .500 for the first time since early April as Brenton Doyle’s first big league home run capped a seven-run fifth inning in the Colorado Rockies’ 13-6 win on Sunday.
The Mets are 3-11 since opening 14-7. New York didn’t spend a day under .500 last season on its way to winning 101 games, second-most in franchise history, and their only time with a losing record this year had been at 3-4.
The six runs were as many as the Mets scored in their previous four games combined, but the 13 runs allowed were a season high.
New York entered with six first-inning runs this season and scored three times in the first against Ryan Feltnerr. The Mets missed a chance at a bigger inning when Daniel Vogelbach overran second and was tagged for the final out by shortstop Ezequiel Tovar just before Brett Baty crossed home plate.
Jurickson Profar and Kris Bryant had RBI hits in the third, and Bryant’s two-run homer sparked the big fifth inning against Jimmy Yacabonis (1-2), who allowed five runs while recording one out. Tovar had a two-run double and Austin Wynns delivered an RBI single before Doyle’s two-run shot.
Randal Grichuk homered in the first and Doyle had an RBI infield single in the seventh, his third hit of the game. Wynns lofted a sacrifice fly in the ninth and Doyle raced home on a wild pitch.
Brent Suter (1-0) allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.
Baty, the rookie third baseman batting fifth for the Mets for the first time, had a two-run single in the first. Jeff McNeil added a pair of RBI singles while Luis Guillorme had a run-scoring hit in the fifth. Vogelbach homered leading off the seventh.
Feltner gave up four runs but walked six in 3 1/3 innings for the Rockies. Joey Lucchesi, starting on three days rest for the Mets, allowed three runs in four innings.
BARTOLO’S HOMER ANNIVERSARY
Popular former pitcher Bartolo Colon threw out the ceremonial first pitch to celebrate the seventh anniversary of his lone big league homer, a 365-foot shot off San Diego’s James Shields. The Mets aired the clip of Colon’s homer before the former pitcher, dubbed “Big Sexy” near the end of his career, walked to the mound to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.”
Colon, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2017 and turns 50 on May 24, laughed after bouncing a pitch to Francisco Lindor and later hugged Rockies manager Bud Black, his pitching coach when Colon won the AL Cy Young Award for the Angels in 2005.
Wynns made his first start for the Rockies, the third NL West team he’s played for this season. Wynns appeared in one game for the Giants before he was designated for assignment and was claimed by the Dodgers, his team for five games before he was cut.
Rockies: DH/RF Charlie Blackmon received a planned day off. Manager Bud Black said 1B C.J. Cron will likely get the night off Monday, when Colorado begins a three-game series against Pittsburgh.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow), whose rehab plans were paused due to a bout with flu-like symptoms, will likely need two minor league starts before returning to the rotation. … LHP Brooks Raley (left elbow) is expected to make a rehab appearance Wednesday.
Rockies: A six-game trip continues as LHP Kyle Freeland (3-3, 3.76 ERA) opens a three-game series in Pittsburgh. Freeland has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his seven starts this season.
Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (2-2, 5.56 ERA) takes the mound in Cincinnati on Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series. Scherzer’s ERA through five starts is the second-highest of his career, ahead of only 2012, when he began the season with a 7.77 ERA.