June 27, 2013: Byrd's Homer in 8th Jolts Rockies

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Date: June 27, 2013
Mets starter: Jeremy Hefner
Mets: 3
Rockies: 2
Winning pitcher: LaTroy Hawkins
Key player(s): Marlon Byrd
Key play: Byrd’s home run

The Mets faced the Rockies on a late Thursday afternoon in Denver. The teams played a makeup game after being snowed out earlier in the season. Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 3-2 win over Colorado.

After a scoreless first inning, Rockies’ starter Tyler Chatwood retired the side in order in the top of the seceond. Michael Cuddyer singled against the Mets’ Jeremy Hefner to lead off the bottom half. Cuddyer advanced to third base on Wilin Rosario’s double and came home on Todd Helton’s sacrifice fly. Nolan Arenado was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Zach Lutz. On the play, first baseman Josh Satin made a throwing error that allowed Rosario to score for a 2-0 Colorado lead. Hefner then got Jonathan Herrera to fly out to center fielder Juan Lagares and end the inning.

Chatwood and Hefner each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. Satin drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. Lutz and Lagares followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Anthony Recker hit a grounder on which third baseman Arenado threw to catcher Rosario for an out at home on Satin. Hefner followed with a force play ground ball to shortstop Herrera that brought home Lutz with the Mets’ first run of the game. Chatwood retired Eric Young on an inning-ending fly ball to left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Hefner then shut down the Mountain Men in the bottom half.

The Mets failed to score after loading the bases against Chatwood in the top of the sixth. Hefner hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled off Rockies’ reliever Rob Scahill with one out in the top of the seventh. Young hit a ground ball to Herrera for an inning-ending double play and the Mets’ LaTroy Hawkins struck out Helton to begin the bottom half. Arenado reached base on a wild pitch third strike. Hawkins then got Herrera to hit a grounder to Lutz for a double play that closed out the inning.

Colorado’s Matt Belisle threw a called third strike past Omar Quintanilla to open the top of the eighth. Daniel Murphy singled and stole second base. Byrd followed with a homer to put the Mets ahead by a run. Satin hit a single and Lutz went down on strikes. Belisle retired Lagares on a grounder to first baseman Helton for the inning’s third out. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

Rockies’ reliever Rex Brothers gave up just a single to Young in the top of the ninth. Cuddyer singled against New York’s Bobby Parnell to lead off the bottom of the inning. On his own hit, Cuddyer was out at second base via a throw by right fielder Byrd to shortstop Quintanilla. Parnell followed up with a strikeout of Rosario. Bobby then got Helton to ground out to second baseman Murphy and end the game. The Mets had a comeback victory.