NEW YORK — The Rockies needed a victory. Even a drama-filled, white-knuckle win would have been just fine with them.
What they got instead was a most welcome 13-4 cruiser over the New York Mets Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The Rockies cranked out 10 extra-base hits and it marked just the third time since 2008 that they scored 13 or more runs on the road.
Jeff Hoffman provided a solid start, while Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra provided fireworks: Blackmon hit an inside-the-park homer in the seventh inning, his second of the season; LeMahieu tied his career high with four hits; Arenado hit a three-run homer and a double; Reynolds batted 4-for-5; and Parra was 2-for-4, including a two-run homer in the eighth.
Colorado entered the game having lost 15 of its last 20 game, including the first two here against the Mets. Getting swept in the first series after the all-star break would have spelled big trouble. Instead, the long flight home to Denver was no doubt a happy one.
Hoffman’s performance was key. After a two-inning start by Jon Gray on Friday and a start of less than one inning from the injured Tyler Chatwood on Saturday, Colorado was in dire need of quality innings. Hoffman delivered.
The rookie right-handed blanked the Mets for three innings before Lucas Duda ripped a solo homer to right with two outs in the fourth. Asdrubal Cabrera added a two run home in the fifth, but thanks to a big lead, Hoffman was never in trouble.
He finished his six innings allowing four runs on seven hits and he walked only one.
The Rockies jumped on Mets starter Steve Matz in the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits.
LeMahieu singled, Reynolds doubled and Ian Desmond, fresh off the disabled list, poked a two-run single to right. A single by Parra and a line-shot, two-run double into the left-field corner by Trevor Story gave Hoffman a safety net right off the bat.
Colorado knocked Matz out of the game with a three-run second to take a 7-0 lead. A double by Blackmon and a single by LeMahieu set the table for Nolan Arenado’s three-run homer to right. Arenado’s homer was his 18th and he leads the Rockies with 73 RBIs.
A leadoff double by LeMahieu, RBI single by Reynolds and sacrifice fly by Parra put Colorado in front 9-0 in the fourth.
Blackmon’s inside-the-park homer came in the seventh. The ball hit above the orange line in center field and should have been ruled a home run. But the umpires missed the call and when center fielder Curtis Granderson failed to chase down the ball, Blackmon sprinted for home with his home run.
Blackmon’s first inside-the-parker came on April 21 vs. San Francisco at Coors Field. The only other Rockies player with two-or-more inside-the-park home runs in one season was Brandon Barnes in 2014. He also had two. In fact, the last major-leaguer with two-or-more in a season was Barnes in 2014.