A quick take on the Mets' 6-5 loss in Game 1 of a single-admission doubleheader at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon:
WHAT IT MEANS: The reeling Mets (4-8) have now lost four straight, and seven of their past eight games, following a 3-1 start. The Rockies (9-2) -- who have the best record in the majors, and are off to the best start in franchise history -- have now won three straight in Queens for the first time since 1994, and will go for a four-game sweep in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Each of the Mets' three losses in this series have come by a single run.
THE SKINNY: The Mets broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. David Wright led off with a double, Ike Davis walked, and both came around to score -- courtesy of an Angel Pagan sacrifice fly and a Scott Hairston bloop single. The Rockies bounced back with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth -- the pair scoring on a Jose Morales double over Hairston's head in right field. Then Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki put some distance between the teams with back-to-back homers in the seventh, making it 6-2 Rockies.
Jose Reyes hit a solo home run in the eighth, and then Hairston made things really interesting witha two-run shot off Colorado closer Huston Street with one out in the ninth. Josh Thole and pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran knocked back-to-back singles, which knocked Street out of the game. Reyes then grounded into a fielder's choice off Matt Lindstrom, Daniel Murphy walked, and Wright hit a long fly ball, deep to right field ... that was caught at the warning track by Seth Smith.
IN THE FIELD: The Mets' outfield play in this game left a lot to be desired. Pagan appeared to be tracking a catchable ball hit to deep center in the fifth, but then suddenly lost it at the warning track -- that led to the Rockies' first run. On the Morales hit in the sixth, Hairston was going back for the ball and then suddenly stopped -- and the ball didn't even hit the wall. And in the seventh, Pagan misplayed a ball off the wall in left-center that turned a double into a triple.
ON THE MOUND: R.A. Dickey had his second straight subpar start, giving up five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He wasn't helped by his fielders, but he also didn't help himself with four walks. Bobby Parnell replaced Dickey after the two-run shot by Gonzalez in the seventh, and Parnell subsequently gave up the Tulowitzki homer immediately after entering the game. Tim Byrdak and Ryota Igarashi pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.
AT THE PLATE: On the bright side, Reyes had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games -- and his shot off the facade in front of the upper deck in the eighth was his first round-tripper of the season. Hairston was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. And Thole had two hits. Davis and Pagan were the only two starting position players without a hit, but Davis walked twice, and Pagan drove in a run with the sac fly.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets and Rockies begin today's second game at 4 p.m. Lefty Chris Capuano (1-0, 6.75) will make his second start of the season for the Mets. Fellow southpaw Jorge De La Rosa (1-0, 1.74) will throw for the Rockies.