Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Amazin' Onslaught in Denver

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Amazin' Onslaught in Denver

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DENVER -- The Mets took their first round of batting practice approximately two hours before Saturday's game against the Rockies commenced.

Once Chris Rusin fired the first pitch of the game, the Mets enjoyed another batting practice session.

The Mets pounded the Rockies for the second straight day and took the middle game of this three-game set, 14-9, on Saturday night at Coors Field. The Mets (66-56) tagged Rusin for 11 runs on 12 hits in two-plus innings, and scored 28 runs in the first two games of the series.

Starter Jon Niese (8-9) allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and the Mets matched their season-high with 21 hits.

"This is how a lot of team win pennants," manager Terry Collins said. "You beat teams you're supposed to beat."

The Mets played without Lucas Duda, as the first baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff back.

If the Mets don't want to leave Colorado following the conclusion of today's series finale, it's understandable since they've feasted on Rockies pitching these last two nights.

While the Mets pulled away in the later innings Friday to secure the win, they had an eight-run third inning Saturday to take an 11- 3 lead and were not challenged the rest of the night.

With the score tied at 3 entering the third, the first eight Mets reached against Rusin, and ultimately nine reached base before the Rockies recorded the first out.

Juan Uribe led off with a homer and the next eight plate appearances resulted in: a double, single, RBI double, walk, two- run single, RBI single, two-run double and single. The Mets scored eight runs on eight hits in the inning and batted around for the second time in as many nights.

"I loved it," said Niese, who laced the two-run single.

Every Mets player had a hit through the first three innings, and they recorded eight extra-base hits against Rusin -- the most ever allowed by a Rockies starter. …

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