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Colorado Rockies skip by New York Mets

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Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
Nolan Arenado got past the New York Mets in a close one Thursday. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Nolan Arenado got past the New York Mets in a close one Thursday. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth Thursday, enabling the Colorado Rockies to fight off the New York Mets and win the rubber game of their series 5-4.

Hansel Robles (6-3) hit Jonathan Lucroy with a 1-2 pitch to open the ninth, and pinch hitter Pat Valaika sacrificed him to second. After Charlie Blackmon was intentionally walked, DJ LeMahieu walked on five pitches to load the bases.

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Robles walked Arenado on six pitches, throwing a 3-2 pitch over Arenado's head to the backstop.

Closer Greg Holland (2-1) worked the ninth, pitching for the first time since he cut his right index finger reaching for a knife in soapy water Tuesday.

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The Mets tied the game three times before falling. Arenado beat them 5-4 with a walkoff single in the series opener Tuesday.

Pat Neshek blew his second save in his fourth appearance with the Rockies. He gave up a leadoff single in the seventh to Michael Conforto, who scored to tie the game at 4 when Asdrubal Cabrera followed with double to the gap in right-center field.

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Rockies starter German Marquez gave up three runs in six innings on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. It was the fifth straight start in which the 22-year-old rookie has pitched at least six innings.

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Rafael Montero worked 5 2/3 innings for the Mets, allowing 10 hits and four runs with one walk and six strikeouts.

Mark Reynolds gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead when he opened the sixth with his 23rd home run and 17th at Coors Field.

Rene Rivera's two-out single in the sixth tied the game at 3. The hit scored Curtis Granderson, who led off with a walk and took second when third baseman Arenado made a charging, bare-handed pickup of Amed Rosario's slow roller and threw him out.

Blackmon put the Rockies in front 3-2 lead in the fifth when he led off with his 25th home run, an opposite-field shot to left on Montero's 1-1 84 mph slider.

The Mets tied the game at 2 with a run in the fifth, an inning that could have been much more fruitful. The speedy Rosario led off with a stand-up triple, his second such hit in two games. After Rivera walked, Montero singled for his first career RBI as second baseman LeMahieu wasn't able to handle his hard grounder.

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With one out, Carrera walked to load the bases for Yoenis Cespedes, who had homered on his previous at-bat. Marquez struck him out and retired Jay Bruce on a liner to left.

Cespedes led off the fourth with his 11th home run, driving Marquez's 2-2 fastball an estimated 440 feet into the left-field stands to cut Colorado's lead in half.

Four straight two-out hits in the third gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Blackmon doubled, and LeMahieu followed with a run-scoring single. After Arenado singled, Gerardo Parra flared a single to short center that scored LeMahieu.

NOTES: Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez's season-high 11-game hitting streak ended. ... Rockies C Jonathan Lucroy made his debut with the team after recovering from the stomach illness that kept him out of the lineup the past two games. He went 2-for-3. ... Rockies RHP Greg Holland pitched for the first time since he suffered a cut near the knuckle of the index finger of his right hand Tuesday. ... Mets relievers pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday, the longest scoreless relief outing at Coors Field by a visiting bullpen since San Diego's relievers worked eight scoreless innings on April 10, 2010. ... Mets SS Amed Rosario became only the third Met to hit a triple by his second game. The others were Marco Scutaro on July 22, 2002 and Lute Barnes on Aug. 9, 1972.

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