Rockies 6, Mets 2

Jhoulys Chacin didn’t pick up where he left off. Far from it,

fortunately for him.

Chacin made an impressive return from an extended absence and

the Colorado Rockies backed him with a pair of sharp defensive

plays, beating the New York Mets 6-2 Tuesday night.

Chacin had not pitched in the majors since May 1 because of

inflammation in his right shoulder. He came off the disabled list

earlier in the day and held the Mets to one run and four hits in

six innings, ending his seven-game losing streak that began last

September.

”It was so good, No. 1, to see him out there,” Rockies manager

Jim Tracy said. ”It’s been quite a while. It’s been a long

time.”

Chacin has showed plenty of promise in the past. Yet the

24-year-old righty had a 7.30 ERA when the Rockies shut him down

more than 3 1/2 months ago.

”I was trying to push too much,” he said.

Against the Mets, Chacin resembled the pitcher who’s had ”his

fair share of success,” Tracy said.

”It was really fun,” Chacin said.

Chris Young retired the first 15 Colorado batters, but his

throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Chacin led to the Rockies

scoring four times in the sixth.

”That bunt cost us the game. It’s frustrating,” Young said.

”We’re here to win. I’m certainly frustrated because I helped

contribute to a loss.”

Center fielder Dexter Fowler made a sparkling catch and hit a

pair of RBI singles as the Rockies won their third in a row

overall, and sixth straight at Citi Field. The Mets lost their last

three, and gave away another run on a botched rundown.

Chacin (1-3) twice got help on balls hit hard by David

Wright.

Fowler jumped to the top of the wall in left-center to snare

Wright’s drive leading off the second. The Mets’ cleanup man later

singled on Chacin’s final pitch, but left fielder Andrew Brown made

a strong throw to cut down Ruben Tejada at the plate.

Chacin walked none and struck out two. He threw 73 pitches, two

under Tracy’s proposed limit in Colorado’s four-man rotation.

”I really think, in reality, the kid went back to the drawing

board and worked on a lot of things,” Tracy said.

Chacin also spun after Andres Torres broke early from second

base in the fifth, making a throw that trapped him. Torres

prolonged a rundown and was originally ruled safe as he made a dive

back into second, then was called out. Mets manager Terry Collins

was ejected for arguing.

Torres hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh as the Mets scored

against relievers Matt Reynolds and Josh Roenicke, ending an

18-inning scoreless streak by the Colorado bullpen.

Young (3-7) struck out the first four Colorado hitters and had

no trouble through the first part of the night.

”We didn’t do much offensively against Chris,” Tracy said.

”Actually, nothing through the first five innings.”

DJ LeMahieu opened the Rockies sixth with a grounder up the

middle that Tejada gloved, but the shortstop had no play. It was an

infield single, and the crowd gave Young a nice cheer for his

perfect pitching to that point.

Jonathan Herrera followed with a single that put runners at the

corners. Chacin bunted and Young overthrew first base, allowing the

tying run to score. Charlie Blackmon and Fowler hit RBI singles and

a sacrifice fly by Ramon Hernandez made it 4-1.

Fowler singled home a run in the eighth. In the ninth, with

Brown on third and one out, Herrera hit a grounder and first

baseman Ike Davis threw home. Brown retreated toward third,

reversed course chased by Wright and scored on a high toss.

Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly put the Mets ahead in the

fourth.

NOTES: Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was expected back from

Venezuela late at night. He went on the bereavement after the death

of his grandfather, and could be activated for Wednesday’s game.

… Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin surgery) will see a doctor

Wednesday to check on his progress, Tracy said. … The Mets did

not announce the results of the MRI on LHP Johan Santana’s stiff

back. An update was expected Wednesday, a day before his next

scheduled start. … Young is 0-4 at home this season. … Chacin

was 1-3 in minor league rehabilitation assignments before rejoining

the Rockies.