Rapid Reaction: Rockies 18, Mets 9

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The Mets matched franchise records by surrendering 11 runs and committing four errors in a debacle of a fifth inning as the good feelings of a three-game home sweep of the Marlins dissipated in Denver's thin air.

The Rockies turned a four-run deficit into a seven-run lead while facing Chris Schwinden and Manny Acosta in the disastrous frame. The Mets ultimately lost 18-9 on Friday night at Coors Field.

The Mets committed six errors overall, one shy of matching the franchise record -- seven against Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, 1996.

The 18 runs allowed were the most since an 18-6 loss to San Diego on May 31, 2010.

Scott Hairston did hit for the 10th cycle in franchise history in the loss. The other cyclists:

Scott Hairston

Scott Hairston

#12 RF
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM17
  • HR2

  • RBI6

  • R5

  • OBP.306

  • AVG.265

Jose Reyes (June 21, 2006 vs. Cincinnati);
Eric Valent (July 29, 2004 at Montreal);
John Olerud (Sept. 11, 1997 vs. Montreal);
Alex Ochoa (July 3, 1996 at Philadelphia);
Kevin McReynolds (Aug. 1, 1989 at St. Louis);
Keith Hernandez (July 4, 1985 at Atlanta);
Mike Phillips (June 25, 1976 at Chicago);
Tommie Agee (July 6, 1970 vs. St. Louis);
Jim Hickman (Aug. 7, 1963 vs. St. Louis).

Schwinden, who had picked up his first pro RBI in a four-run top of the fifth, opened the bottom half with a throwing error. Zach Lutz, who had his first major league hit that previous half-inning, committed an error, too. Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas also had errors as a 6-2 lead turned into a 13-6 deficit.

The final tally for the bottom of the fifth: 11 runs, 10 earned runs, seven hits, four errors, two Terry Collins arguments with umpires, three-run homers by Carlos Gonzalez (off Schwinden) and Dexter Fowler (off Acosta), three walks and a hit by pitch among the 15 Rockies batters.

The other times the Mets allowed 11 runs in an inning: at Atlanta on April 7, 2004; at San Diego on April 1, 1997; vs. Houston on July 30, 1969; and at St. Louis on July 18, 1964.

The other times the Mets committed four errors in an inning: vs. St. Louis on April 4, 1996; vs. San Diego on May 1, 1991; and at Chicago on June 9, 1987.

Hairston's and Tejada's four hits apiece set/matched career highs.

Schwinden was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk in four-plus innings.

How strange was the game? Josh Thole was charged with catcher's interference in the seventh inning -- on a pitchout.

WHAT'S NEXT: Collins said pregame that this was not intended to be one start and done for Schwinden in Mike Pelfrey's vacated rotation spot.