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It was a lousy Thursday in the Big Apple for the road-woeful Rockies.
Not only did they get swept in a doubleheader by the Mets at Citi Field, but all-star shortstop Trevor Story was removed in the fourth inning of the second game because of an arm injury. The Rockies said Story was taken out of the game as a precaution for arm tightness.
As has been the case on the road all season, Colorado’s offense was AWOL, scoring three runs over the two games. Colorado is now 3-20 away from Coors Field and has been outscored 117-59 on the road.
They lost the second game, 4-2, with Connor Joe driving in a run in the fourth inning, snapping a 17-inning drought in which the Rockies had failed to score, and Raimel Tapia scoring Charlie Blackmon with a two-out single in the seventh.
The game got really ugly for Colorado in the sixth. Reliever Jordan Sheffield gave up a double to James McCann, walked three batters, hit another and walked in two runs.
Starter Antonio Senzatela pitched well enough, giving up two runs on four hits, but the fourth inning was his undoing. The Mets loaded the bases when Billy McKinney doubled, Dominic Smith was hit by a pitch and McCann walked. Senzatela struck out Patrick Mazeika but José Peraza, the Mets’ Game 1 hero, scored McKinney with a single to left.
The Rockies lost the opener, 1-0, on a solo home run by Peraza off German Marquez in the third inning. Peraza smacked Marquez’s first-pitch slider into the left-field seats.
The game took only 1 hour, 54 minutes to complete.
The Rockies were shut out for the eighth time on the road this season and the fifth time in May. New York starter Marcus Stroman pitched six innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking two. He induced the Rockies into 10 groundball outs.
Colorado’s three hits: A one-out single by Ryan McMahon in the first, a two-out single by Marquez in the fifth, and a one-out bloop single to center by Story in the sixth.
Reliever Edwin Diaz set down the Rockies in order in the seventh, striking out two.
Marquez was excellent, giving up just three hits and striking out six. He needed only 62 pitches to get through six innings. Marquez now has 702 career strikeouts, making him the sixth pitcher in Rockies history to reach 700 strikeouts, and he became the fastest to reach 700.
The Rockies open a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Friday.