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Sloppy Mets drop both ends of doubleheader to Rockies

Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, right, beats the

Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, right, beats the tag by John Buck to score during the second inning of the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at Coors Field. (April 16, 2013) Credit: AP

DENVER -- After weather forced the postponement back-to-back games, the Mets seemed eager to return to the field. But they looked slow and sluggish when the moment came Tuesday, dropping a doubleheader in sloppy fashion.

The Mets fell 8-4 in the opener and blew a big lead in losing, 9-8, in 10 innings in the nightcap.

In the opener, the Mets got just 4 2/3 innings out of Dillon Gee, who was charged with five runs and seven hits.

"I could just tell two days off really hurt us today,'' manager Terry Collins said. "As much as the guys wanted to play, the energy level wasn't [there] and the weather didn't help.''

Perhaps, it's part of the reason that shortstop Ruben Tejada and second baseman Daniel Murphy were slow fielding grounders that typically were in their reach. The costliest example in the Rockies' three-run fifth came when Todd Helton bounced a two-run single by Murphy.

In the nightcap, the Mets blew a six-run lead behind a pair of egregious defensive mistakes. With the Mets ahead 8-2, leftfielder Mike Baxter misread a fly ball in left, helping the Rockies post a four-run inning in the fifth.

In the eighth, Tejada sailed a throw to the home dugout, allowing the Rockies to tie it 8-8. It was Tejada's sixth error of the season.

The Rockies won it in the 10th on Jordan Pacheco's run-scoring single.


Extra bases

David Wright recorded the 19th multi-homer game of his career in the opener . . . Leftfielder Lucas Duda left the second game in the fifth inning with lower back tightness . . . Ike Davis is 6-for-44 to begin the year, not far off from his 7-for-45 (.156) start from a season ago.

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