May 12, 2011: Beltran Hits Three Home Runs

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Date: May 12, 2011
Mets starter: Jon Niese
Mets: 9
Rockies: 5
Winning pitcher: Jon Niese
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Willie Harris
Key play: Beltran’s three home runs, Reyes’ two-run single

The Mets and Rockies played the finale of a three-game series on a Thursday afternoon at Denver’s Coors Field. The teams made up the game after being rained out the previous day. Carlos Beltran hit three home runs to lead the Mets to a 9-5 win over Colorado.

Rockies’ starter Ubaldo Jimenez walked Willie Harris with one out in the top of the first inning. Beltran followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Jimenez walked Jason Bay and got Daniel Murphy for a double play on a line drive back to the mound. The Mountain Men scored with one out in the bottom half on a solo homer by Jonathan Herrera. Mets’ starter Jon Niese retired the next two batters to end the inning. Jimenez and Niese then pitched scoreless ball in the second and third.

Bay led off the top of the fourth inning with a single to left-center field. Jason stole second base and Murphy drew a walk. After Bay’s steal of third with Murphy moving to second on an error, Jimenez walked Justin Turner to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Josh Thole scored Bay and advanced Murphy to third. Jason Pridie grounded out and Niese walked to reload the bases. Jose Reyes singled to right field to bring home Murphy and Turner for a 5-1 Mets lead. Reyes was then caught on a pickoff throw by Colorado reliever Clayton Mortensen and thrown out at second base.

In the bottom of the fourth, Niese yielded a leadoff homer to Todd Helton and retired the next three Rockie batters. Mortensen and Niese pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings and the Rockies’ Franklin Morales walked Harris with two outs in the top of the seventh. Beltran’s ensuing home run extended the Mets’ lead to 7-2. Bay then lined out to second baseman Herrera to end the inning.

Niese gave up consecutive one-out singles to Jose Lopez and Jose Morales in the bottom of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Alfredo Amezaga singled to bring home Lopez from second base. Against Mets’ reliever Michael O'Connor, a double by Seth Smith plated Jose Morales and Amezaga for two more Colorado runs. Herrera grounded out to shortstop Reyes and a walk to Carlos Gonzalez put the tying runs on base. Taylor Buchholz then came out of the bullpen and retired Troy Tulowitzki on a liner to left fielder Bay for the third out.

Rockies’ reliever Matt Belisle shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth inning. Helton walked and Ryan Spilborghs singled off Jason Isringhausen to begin the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Dexter Fowler advanced the runners to second and third. Isringhausen fanned Jose Morales for the second out of the inning. Jason then got pinch-hitter Jason Giambi to fly out to center fielder Pridie.

Harris singled off Colorado’s Matt Lindstrom with two outs in the top of the ninth. Beltran followed with his third two-run homer of the game (all of which came with Harris on base.) Bay hit a grounder to shortstop Tulowitzki for the third out. Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez then set down the Rockies 1-2-3 in the bottom half. The Mets closed the series in Denver with a victory as Beltran became the eighth player in team history with a three-homer game.