(Sports Network) - Well-traveled right-hander Jon Garland can pitch the
Colorado Rockies past the New York Mets on Wednesday night when they meet in
the third of four games at Coors Field.
The scheduled Monday night opener between the teams was postponed to Tuesday,
setting up a doubleheader sweep for Colorado.
Jordan Pacheco hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning of
the second game to lift the Rockies to a 9-8 win.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Pacheco hit a blooper off Greg
Burke (0-1) to shallow right and brought Carlos Gonzalez home to end the game.
Pacheco and Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs apiece, while Gonzalez, Michael
Cuddyer and Chris Nelson each had an RBI for the Rockies, who won the first
Rockies starter Jeff Francis allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits
and four walks over 4 1/3 innings. Rafael Betancourt (1-0) picked up the win
with a scoreless 10th inning.
Marlon Byrd knocked in three runs while Ruben Tejada had two RBI for the Mets,
who used eight pitchers in the game. Aaron Laffey got the start, giving up two
runs on four hits and three walks in four innings.
Garland, a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1997, pitched with six
teams through the close of 2011 - when he won once in nine starts with the Los
He was out of the majors in 2012 before signing a free-agent deal with the
Seattle Mariners in February. The Mariners released him in late March, and he
was picked up the following day by the Rockies.
He's since made two starts for Colorado - both against the San Diego Padres -
on April 6 and 12, emerging with a win and a no-decision while allowing 10
hits and five runs in 12 innings.
Garland is 1-1 in five career meetings with the Mets and is 2-1 in four career
starts at Coors Field.
New York replies with second-year man Jeremy Hefner, who faces the Rockies for
the first time in his 29th career appearance.
The Oklahoma native reached the big leagues with the Mets last season and made
13 starts across 26 outings while going 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA.
He's dropped both starts thus far in his second season, allowing a run and
five hits in a 7-5 loss to Miami and five runs and six hits in a 7-3 defeat at
Hefner is 2-4 in his career on the road, though his ERA of 4.65 is more than a
run less than his home mark, 5.68.
The Rockies won five of seven games with the Mets in both 2011 and 2012. The
Mets last won the series, 3-2, in 2010.
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