Gonzalez, Tulowitzki bail Rockies out after errors
and helped the Colorado Rockies recover from pair of uncharacteristic errors, one of them Tulowitzki’s own, and take the first game of a four-game series Monday against the New York Mets, 7-6. The Rockies’ No. 3 and 4 hitters, who struggled with runners in scoring in their one road loss Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, going a combined 0-for-11 with four strikeouts and three walks in the game, provided six of the Rockies seven RBI in Monday’s win.
The mistakes came in the fourth. After the Rockies tied the game in the top of the inning, Tulowitzki andmade back-to-back errors on the first two plays of the bottom half of the inning. Both runners let on base via the errors later scored on a Willie Harris double that put the Mets back up 4-2.
Gonzalez brought the Rockies back in the sixth with some defensive help from the Mets. With one out and the bases loaded, the Rockies, who went just 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base, nearly let the Mets out of the inning whenbounced a grounder that should have turned into an inning-ending double play back to the mound. But Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi rushed the throw home, and while the Mets were able to get the force out, Herrera reached first and Gonzalez came up with two outs. The Mets infield then put on an extreme shift against Gonzalez, who punched a single past shortstop Jose Reyes to score two runs and tie the game 4-4.
In the bottom of the sixth, Gonzalez helped out in the field, throwing out Angel Pagan, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. Tulowitzki then partially made up for his error in the bottom of the seventh when, with two outs and a runner at third, he robbed Daniel Murphy of a base hit in the hole between short and third and threw him out at first to keep the Mets from scoring the go-ahead run.
Gonzalez and Tulowitzki put the game away in the eighth, again with some defensive help from the Mets. With Gonzalez up, Bobby Parnell threw a wild pitch that allowed, who singled and moved to second on a Herrera sacrifice bunt, to move up to third. Gonzalez then hit a dribbler back to Parnell, but the Mets reliever threw the ball away to allow Fowler to score the go-ahead run and Gonzalez to get to second. Up 5-4, Tulowitzki then completely made up for his error with a two-run home run to put the Rockies up 7-4.
Coming into the game Tulowitzki was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. He snapped that slump in the third with an RBI single that scored Herrera from third and then came through again in eighth with his home run while Gonzalez was standing at second base.