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The return of one of their top hitters could give the Colorado Rockies what they need to match their longest win streak of the season, but even getting Michael Cuddyer back might not end their road woes.

The Rockies will try to earn a fifth straight victory and just their sixth in their last 34 away from home when they open a three-game series against the New York Mets on Monday night.

Colorado (59-84) has been hampered by injuries during this lackluster season and among the most notable missing players are Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Cuddyer has made three trips to the disabled list, the latest for a strained left hamstring, but is expected to be activated Monday.

Cuddyer, last year’s NL batting champ, has hit .331 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 34 games.

"He has had a tough year physically. But when he’s on the field, he still performs at the highest level," manager Walt Weiss told MLB’s official website. "I would love to see him back here. I just think he means so much to our club in ways that go beyond the stat sheet."

With Cuddyer likely back in the lineup, Colorado will try to match its five-game win streak from June 11-15. The Rockies, though, are 5-28 on the road since June 15.

When they open a six-game trip, they’ll face a Mets team that’s won six of nine and went 4-2 to wrap up its own six-game trek. Colorado won three of four at home over New York (68-75) from May 1-4 but endured a three-game sweep in its most recent visit to Citi Field from Aug. 6-8, 2013.

Anthony Recker hit his third homer in five games in the Mets’ 4-3 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and Curtis Granderson had his second in three contests.

Nolan Arenado, meanwhile, hit his third in four games for Colorado in a 6-0 win against San Diego, and Jackson Williams’ three-run shot was his first in the majors.

Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.35 ERA) will try to lead the Rockies to another win while rebounding from a difficult outing. The right-hander matched a season high by allowing six runs in 6 1-3 innings Tuesday but did not get a decision in a 12-7 home loss to San Francisco.

Lyles is 1-1 with a 6.03 ERA in his six starts since returning from fractured left hand Aug. 6 but has a 3.05 ERA in his last seven road games compared with a 7.71 ERA in his last six at home.

He won his only start against the Mets on Aug. 24, 2012, while with Houston.

Jonathon Niese (8-10, 3.68) gave up six runs and 10 hits in six innings Tuesday but got ample support in an 8-6 victory in Miami.

"It was one of those nights, but he kept battling and got through it," manager Terry Collins said.

The left-hander is 3-6 with a 4.97 ERA in his nine starts since the All-Star break after going 5-4 with a 2.96 ERA in his first 17. He’s 1-3 with a 5.65 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies.

Cuddyer, who missed this season’s previous series against New York, was 9 for 21 (.429) in his six games versus the Mets in 2013.