DENVER — The leads at Coors Field are as flimsy as the wind, and on Wednesday night the Mets blew two of them in the brutal ballpark. Seth Lugo had his shortest start of the season and the Mets could not hold off the Rockies, who rallied for a 10-8 victory.
The Mets dropped their second straight and the 14th in their last 18 games. The Rockies clinched the season series, 5-1.
The Rockies put the game away with a three-run, pinch-hit homer off the usually reliable Robert Gsellman.
The righty hung a changeup over the plate to Ryan McMahon, never a good thing at the home run-happy Coors Field.
“It’s just another ballpark. Need to make pitches and get outs and I didn’t do that,” Gsellman said. “Gave up that three-run home run. So I turn the page and get after it tomorrow.”
Lugo had allowed five runs in 15 innings as a starter over his three previous starts. The right-hander allowed six runs (three earned) in just three innings, but two were especially stressful. He had the bases loaded in the second and third, but only gave up a solo homer in the first. It was the shortest of his four starts this season.
The Mets gave Lugo a 3-0 lead before he even threw a pitch when Michael Conforto singled in Asdrubal Cabrera and Devin Mesoraco drove in Conforto and Dom Smith with a double.
After Nolan Arenado’s solo homer in the bottom of the first put Colorado on the board, the Mets made it 4-1 on Todd Frazier’s RBI single but couldn’t hold the lead.
The Rockies scored three in the bottom of the second with the help of Frazier’s error and RBI singles by Gerardo Parra and DJ LeMahieu. Rockies righty Chad Bettis helped himself by plating a run with a ground-out RBI.
The Rockies took the lead in the third, scoring two on RBI singles from Parra and Tom Murphy.
The Mets rallied for four in the fifth with a Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly, a Brandon Nimmo bases-loaded walk and Cabrera’s two-run single.
Their offense had plenty of chances in the game but left the bases loaded three times and went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The double play that Asdrubal Cabrera started and Amed Rosario turned in the fourth inning, keeping Paul Sewald out of trouble.
Pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon’s three-run home run off Robert Gsellman in the fifth inning. It was the fourth HR Gsellman has given up this season and the first since May 7.
STAR OF THE GAME
Asdrubal Cabrera extended his hitting streak to five games, with four multi-hit games in that stretch, going 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Mets pinch-hitters drew two walks Wednesday night for a major league-leading 24 on the season.
Dom Smith snapped an 0-for-12 streak with his first three-hit game in the big leagues and his first career triple.
Seth Lugo had the shortest of his four starts this season, lasting just three innings.