7,615: Stokes wastes strong start by Redding, Mets fall 5-3

Another wasted game

Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi’s eighth-inning two-RBI single Wednesday night helped lift the Colorado Rockies over the New York Mets 5-2 at Coors Field.

Giambi, recently recalled from AAA after the Rockies signed the former MVP to a minor league deal in August, ripped a first-pitch Brian Stokes fastball up the middle with the bases juiced (pun intended) to break a 2-2 tie and put the Rockies ahead for good.

Stokes’ subpar eighth-inning performance wasted a strong start by Tim Redding, who yielded just two runs on 7 hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings while striking out a season high six batters.

The Mets again scored early, chaining together an Angel Pagan leadoff double, a Luis Castillo bunt single and a Daniel Murphy RBI sacrifice in the first for the game’s first run.

Redding lost his no-hitter on a Seth Smith homer in the bottom of the first, advancing our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,615 New York Mets games without a no-no. Troy Tulowitzki made it 2-1 Rockies in the third by singling home Smith, but Jeff Francoeur tied the game in the fourth with a bases-empty homer to left.

The Mets managed just five hits in the game.

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