Mets suffer bitter loss in bitter cold, drop both ends of doubleheader

Mets' David Wright steals second as Colorado Rockies Mets' David Wright steals second as Colorado Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge dives towards a poorly thrown ball during the third inning in the second game of a doubleheader. (April 16, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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DENVER -- The Mets ended an excruciating day with a bitter loss in the bitter cold Tuesday night, falling 9-8 to the Rockies in 10 innings. The Mets took a six-run lead, then gave it all back with the kind of sloppy defense that also cost them in an 8-4 loss in the first game of a doubleheader.

Ruben Tejada made a critical throwing error at shortstop and Mike Baxter butchered a ball in leftfield, key miscues that put the Mets on track to blow their biggest lead since 2011.

With snow flurries falling, and temperatures in the low 20s, Jordan Pacheco ended the misery in the 10th with a single off submariner Greg Burke, who pitched twice on a frigid day. Once Pacheco's hit cleared the infield, it officially ended a miserable day for the Mets, who arrived at the park 16 hours earlier.

"It's not very much fun," manager Terry Collins said.

The Mets led 8-2 on three RBIs by Marlon Byrd, including two during the Mets' five-run fifth. With Aaron Laffey at 77 pitches, Collins pulled the lefthander, intending to use him again on short rest as a fill-in on Saturday. It appeared to be the ideal spot because the Mets held a comfortable lead.
But in cold conditions that made even routine tasks difficult, nothing was safe.

In their half of the fifth, the Rockies scored four times to close the deficit to two runs as Baxter's misplay extended the inning.

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In the eighth, Mets closer Bobby Parnell got Michael Cuddyer to hit a two-out grounder to short, which Tejada failed to grasp cleanly. His throw sailed to the dugout, allowing the Rockies to tie the score.

"It's cold weather," said Tejada, who has already committed six errors this season, "but I have to make that play."

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