Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game and drove in five runs to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Thursday. After hitting .171 while the Rockies lost eight of 10 over the last two weeks, Arenado hit .538 in the last three games.
“When you’re losing and you’re not getting hits, it hurts,” Arenado said. “It keeps me up at night.”
Arenado also doubled to back another strong outing from Kyle Freeland (7-6). Freeland has pitched at least six innings in 10 of his last 11 starts and has emerged as the team’s most reliable starter.
Arenado had just two home runs in his first 15 games of June, but has four in his last seven. He put the Rockies ahead, 3-1, with a three-run homer in the first off Steven Matz (3-5). It was Arenado’s 16th homer of the season. He hit a two-run double in the second.
“Today was a special day,” Arenado said. “I’m not going to drive in five every game.”
Todd Frazier gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first with his eighth homer. The Mets got within two runs when Frazier and Michael Conforto led off the eighth with singles. Yency Almonte, making his major league debut, relieved Chris Rusin and allowed one inherited runner to score that made the score 5-3 before getting an inning-ending double play.
It was the fifth double-play grounder by the Mets in the game. The Rockies tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game by inducing five ground-ball double plays. Freeland got out of three jams with double plays.
“He made some really good pitches down,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said. “I’ve seen Freeland in the past. He does a good job of executing the balls just down under the zone. If you chase one and put it in play, it becomes a double play.”
Gerardo Parra’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth restored the three-run lead. The Mets got one back when Kevin Plawecki tripled in the ninth and came home on a groundout. Dominic Smith doubled with two outs, but Jake McGee struck out Brandon Nimmo to get his first save of the season.