Late inning heroics give Rox win

When your All-Stars play like All-Stars, you win games. The Rockies happen to have three All-Stars at the top of their lineup with Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, and Nolan Arenado. Between those three the Rockies had six hits, four of their five runs were scored from those players, and Nolan drove in four runs.

The Rockies also got a nice bounce back performance from Jeff Hoffman who posted a quality start. He allowed a run in the first which looked like a bad sign for things to come, but luckily he calmed down and got through six innings. Hoffman walked three and allowed five hits, but also struck out five to hold the Mets to only two runs.

In the sixth inning and down by two runs, the Rockies were failing to do anything against Steven Matz. But, the third time through the lineup they figured him out. Blackmon started the inning with a single and DJ followed that up with a double down the left field line. Nolan then did what he does best, drive in runs. On a full count and with a base open, the Mets and Matz decided to challenge Nolan and he made them pay. Arenado drove the pitch to right-center field over the high wall for a three-run homer. It extended his RBI lead and gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

The lead was short lived as the bullpen struggled just a bit. Pat Neshek came on for the seventh and probably would have gotten out of it without any runs, had Ryan Hanigan not dropped a third strike call. That would hurt the Rockies as the Mets got a single and sac fly to tie the game up. They would then take the lead in the eighth on a Jay Bruce moonshot against Chris Rusin.

The Rockies were determined to tie the game up and did just that in the eighth when Cargo cued a ball for an RBI single, probably his softest hit ball of the game. But it goes as a line drive in the scorebook and it gave the Rockies a chance to walk off against the Mets.

After a terrific catch by Blackmon in the top of the ninth, he got on base with a walk to set the Rockies up. Then a hit-and-run that allowed both him and LeMahieu to reach gave Nolan all the help he needed to drive in the winning run. On an 0-2 pitch, Nolan flipped a ball into center to score Charlie for the walk-off victory.

The Rockies will now try and win the series quickly with a win on Wednesday. They send Tyler Chatwood to the hill, which is not always the best sign, but perhaps Chatty will show some new life getting a chance to pitch in the rotation again.

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