DENVER -- Curtis Granderson's go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning completed a comeback from a five-run deficit on Wednesday night as the Mets rolled to a 10-5 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.With the score tied at 5, Granderson ripped a low, 0-1 fastball from Rockies starter Tyler
DENVER -- Curtis Granderson's go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning completed a comeback from a five-run deficit on Wednesday night as the Mets rolled to a 10-5 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.
With the score tied at 5, Granderson ripped a low, 0-1 fastball from Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood into the right-field seats as part of a six-run, seven-hit inning.
"It was the same pitch he'd thrown me in the previous two at-bats," Granderson said. "It was nothing that he did, I was able to make a little different pass at it than on the previous two balls, and got that ball elevated."
Jay Bruce hit his 29th homer of the season, his second in as many nights, in a two-run fourth. Amed Rosario, the Mets' No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, hit an RBI triple during a two-run fifth.
The loss dropped the Rockies a half-game behind the D-backs in the National League Wild Card race. But the Rockies' lead over the Brewers for the second spot remains at 5 1/2 games.
Chatwood (6-12) -- perfect for the first three innings -- allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits in his final 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who is trying to cling to a rotation spot as the Rockies attempt to solidify their playoff prospects, walked just one after leading the NL in walks with 62 entering the night. It was Chatwood's first start since July 15, when he gave up four runs and retired just one batter before leaving a loss to the Mets at Citi Field with a right calf strain.
"Today, the third time through, they got on the fastball," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "That was the key tonight. The secondary pitches weren't coming into play, and the fastball became a little vulnerable, particularly."
Before the Mets' comeback, Carlos Gonzalez hit his seventh homer, and first in six weeks -- a three-run shot off Mets starter Chris Flexen in a five-run third. Gonzalez's previous homer was on June 20, off the D-backs' Zack Greinke.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
First! Rosario notched his first big league hit in his debut Tuesday night, but on Wednesday, he continued racking up firsts. In the top of the fifth, Rosario recorded his first triple on a hard ground ball that just got past Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. A Rockies fan interfered with the ball, picking it up off the field, but the umpires granted Rosario third. He later score the Mets' tying run, the first of his career, to knot the game at 5.
"I'm always thinking to take an extra base if I can," Rosario said through an interpreter. "I really trust my legs, and as long as that ball is in front of me, I'm always confident I can take an extra base."
First big blow: The Mets opened the fourth with consecutive hits by Michael Conforto and Asdrubal Cabrera, and scored their first run on Yoenis Cespedes' double-play grounder. But Bruce really got the comeback started with an opposite-field solo homer to left, cutting the Rockies' lead to 5-2.
"We were trying to go in right there, and it was still down and away, but he's a good hitter," Chatwood said.
"I was able to drive the ball to center field with a breaking ball away. So it's a good sign. It's another good at-bat, and hopefully I can continue to get better and better as the season progresses." -- Gonzalez, on his home run
CAN'T FLEX HIS FINGER
Flexen left after three innings with a blister on his right index finger. The right-hander gave up five runs on eight hits in his second career MLB start, and was replaced by Chasen Bradford to start the fourth. More >
Chatwood's 2-1 pitch to Conforto in the first at-bat of the fourth bounced in front of the plate, then hit home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley in the left hand. Danley exited after a 13-minute delay, and second-base umpire Lance Barrett took over behind the plate. More >
BACK FROM THE LAB
The Rockies skipped right-hander Antonio Senzatela, whose 10 wins are second among Major League rookies, to allow him to fix problems that were hurting his fastball command. Black used him for the final three innings Wednesday, and he retired all but one batter he faced, including four on strikeouts. His fastball reached 97.4 mph.
"He was very efficient, threw strikes, mixed pitches," Black said. "The velocity of his fastball and slow curveball had great variance."
Mets:Rafael Montero takes the mound in Thursday's series finale at 3:10 p.m. ET. Montero hasn't faced the Rockies in nearly three years, as he threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against them on Sept. 10, 2014. He will be trying to bounce back from a poor start against the Mariners in which he gave up five runs and five walks.
Rockies: Right-hander German Marquez (9-4, 4.08 ERA), who is 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA over his last four starts, with 33 strikeouts and four walks, will start the series finale against the Mets on Thursday at Coors Field at 1:10 p.m. MT.
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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and** like his Facebook page**.
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Mets on Wednesday.