May 5, 1997: Hundley Slugs Rockies

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Date: May 5, 1997
Mets starter: Bobby Jones
Mets: 6
Rockies: 1
Winning pitcher: Bobby Jones
Key player(s): Todd Hundley
Key play: Hundley's home run in 3rd

The Mets faced the Rockies at Coors Field on a Monday night. Todd Hundley led the way for the Mets with four hits and five runs batted in against the Colorado pitching. The Mets came out with a 6-1 win.

Hundley led off the top of the second inning with a single. Rockies' starter Kevin Ritz retired Bernard Gilkey, but then threw a wild pitch to advance Hundley to second base. Todd then came home on a two-out single by Butch Huskey to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Ritz set down the Mets' first two batters in the third inning. He then gave up singles to Edgardo Alfonzo and John Olerud. Hundley followed up with a three-run homer to increase the Mets' lead to 4-0. The Rockies got a run in the fourth on Vinny Castilla's RBI single off Mets' starter Bobby Jones.

In the fifth, Jones led off with a single. Bobby moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and Olerud drew a two-out walk. Hundley doubled to center field to score Jones with the Mets' fifth run of the game. Bobby then shut down the Rockies through the end of the seventh inning.

For Colorado, Mike Munoz came in to relieve Ritz in the top of the eighth. Munoz retired Olerud to start the inning before giving up Hundley's second home run of the game. Mets' reliever Greg McMichael then retired the Rockies in order in the bottom of the inning.

In the ninth, Takashi Kashiwada set down the first two Colorado hitters. He then gave up a single to Castilla, but got Kirt Manwaring on a fly ball to right fielder Carl Everett to end the game. The Mets had a victory with solid pitching and Hundley's slugging.