Playing in front of a few hundred fans (literally) in frigid Denver, the Mets lost game one of a doubleheader Tuesday with the Rockies despite two home runs from David Wright.
The Mets were apparently chomping at the bit to play again after two snow days. In the first inning Daniel Murphy walked and Wright followed with his first home run of the season to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.
But Dillon Gee could not hold it — he allowed a run in the second and in the third Carlos Gonzalez connected with a tremendous homer into the second level in right to tie the score at two.
The Mets regained the lead in the fourth. John Buck singled, Lucas Duda walked and Ruben Tejada singled to score Buck to make it a 3-2 game.
David Wright then connected again in the fifth — a long solo shot to dead center field to extend the lead to 4-2.
Gee lost it in the bottom of the inning. A single, walk and hit batter loaded the bases. Gee then walked Michael Cuddyer to force in a run. Todd Helton followed with a single to center to plate two to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead. That ended Gee’s day — 4.2 innings, five runs on seven hits. It was Gee’s second straight poor start. His ERA stands at 8.36 for the season.
Brandon Lyon cleaned up Gee’s mess, but them got into one of his own in the sixth, allowing a double and a single as the Rockies took a 6-4 lead. Scott Rice bailed him out with a double play.
Greg Burke allowed two runs in the ninth as the Mets lose 8-4. Onto game two. Maybe more fans will show up.