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Recap: Rockies , Mets
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Game: 1
Venue: Citi Field
Date: April 11, 2011 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Even with Jason Isringhausen back on the Mets in their modified bullpen, New York couldn't find a way to get those crucial outs late in the game.

Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove in three runs, Carlos Gonzalez also had three RBIs and Colorado took advantage of New York's struggling relievers in a 7-6 victory Monday night.


``Everybody is as frustrated in this room as I am, but we've been in every single game but one,' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ``The fight is still there, but we've got to stop making mistakes.'

David Wright hit his second homer and Willie Harris had a two-run double for New York, which has lost four of five following a three-game winning streak.

Jose Reyes tripled twice for the fifth time in his career and struggling starter Mike Pelfrey threw 113 pitches in 5 1-3 innings - though he did leave with a 4-2 lead.

``It's a step in the right direction. I would like to pitch a lot deeper into a game, but it was better,' Pelfrey said.

New York's overworked bullpen entered the day with a 4.98 ERA, which ranked 26th in the majors. The relievers threw 11 innings during a three-game series against Washington over the weekend, allowing 10 hits and 11 walks.

Looking for help, the Mets brought up Isringhausen and Ryota Igarashi before the game. Isringhausen, making his first major league appearance since June 2009 with Tampa Bay - and first for the Mets since 1999 - escaped a jam in the seventh, pumping his fist.

``Yeah, my heart was pumping a little bit. I was nervous, but that's what makes it fun,' he said.

Trailing by three, the Mets mounted a rally in the eighth. Wright led off with a homer against Rafael Betancourt and Carlos Beltran doubled. A run-scoring single by Ike Davis cut it to 7-6, but Betancourt retired the next three batters.

Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in five chances. Matt Belisle (2-0) got the final two outs in the seventh, with some help from Tulowitzki.

Reyes tripled with two outs and Daniel Murphy hit a grounder toward the hole at shortstop. Tulowitzki fielded the ball on his backhand and jumped, twisting his body in the air to make a strong, accurate throw to first for the third out, keeping the score tied at 4.

``It's weird. It just kind of happens when you've played this game for a long time,' said Tulowitzki, who signed a contract in the offseason that guarantees the All-Star shortstop $157.75 million through 2020. ``It's a big momentum shift.'

First baseman Ty Wigginton had another description.

``Unbelievable,' he said. ``I was thinking as soon as he threw it I was going to have to dig it. That ball still had something on it. It wasn't like it just floated over there like you see a lot of guys. I mean, it was impressive.'

Dexter Fowler singled off Bobby Parnell (0-1) to open the eighth and moved to third on a sacrifice and a wild pitch. Gonzalez hit a comebacker and Parnell had a good chance to get Fowler at the plate, but he threw over the head of catcher Josh Thole.

``I rushed it and I threw it to the backstop,' Parnell said. ``I knew Fowler was a good runner, so I tried to get rid of it as fast as I could and executed poorly.'

Gonzalez was credited with an RBI on the fielder's choice and he went to second on the error. Tulowitzki followed with a loud shot to left for his fourth homer and a 7-4 lead.

``It wasn't a composure thing. I just made a bad pitch,' Parnell said.

It was the second time in the game that a Mets reliever threw high to home plate on a key play.

Igarashi, just called up from Triple-A Buffalo, had a chance for an inning-ending double play in the sixth, but he made a wayward throw. Gonzalez followed with a two-run single, breaking his bat on a two-strike pitch, to tie it at 4.

The Rockies improved to 7-2, with the only two losses coming in extra innings, to match the best nine-game start in franchise history.

Colorado took the opener of a four-game series, winning its third straight road game. The Rockies are 4-1 away from Coors Field after going 31-50 on the road last year.

The NL West leaders even found a way to win in New York. They are 5-23 on the road against the Mets since 2003, dropping eight consecutive series.

``Our history here is not very good,' pitcher Jason Hammel said. ``It's nice to get one finally.'

NOTES: Mets LF Jason Bay, on the disabled list with a strained left rib cage, took batting practice again in Florida and Collins said ``in a perfect world' he'd love to have Bay back by this weekend in Atlanta. ``I can't say that's going to happen, certainly,' Collins said, ``but I can dream, like anybody else.' ... The last time Reyes hit two triples was May 2, 2008, at Arizona. ... Attendance was 24,865.

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