The Mets spotted Mike Pelfrey a 2-0 lead, but he put in a rocky start as Colorado topped New York 8-3 at Coors Field.
The Mets hit Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa hard in the first inning for four hits, but a baserunning blunder by Angel Pagan on Luis Castillo’s single cost the Mets more. He for some reason thought Castillo’s liner was caught, started heading back to first and was forced out at second.
David Wright returned to the lineup sporting the new oversized protective helmet and hit the first pitch he saw for a single, and a Jeff Francoeur sac-fly and a Fernando Tatis double gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.
Pelfrey lost his no-hitter in the first inning on a Seth Smith single to shortstop, bumping our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,614 New York Mets games without a no-no. He walked Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe to load the bases, then walked Garrett Atkins to give up a run.
In the second inning, Carlos Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer into the right-field second deck to give the Rockies the lead, and Colorado added an unearned run to make it 4-2. Todd Helton put the game out of reach in the fourth with a three-run homer.
The line on Pelfrey: Seven runs (six earned) on six hits and four walks over four innings of work.
Recent call-up Lance Broadway, a Met courtesy of the Ramon Castro trade, threw scoreless two innings.
The Mets made it 7-3 in the seventh with back-to-back triples by Cory Sullivan and Angel Pagan, but Sean Green gave up three singles and a walk in the seventh to give that run back.