The New York Mets have their All-Star catcher back in the lineup, and their first three-game winning streak in more than a month.
New York is coming off a 5-0 win in Friday’s series opener as Tom Glavine limited Colorado to just three hits and four walks in six innings to earn his 250th career victory. It was the Mets’ third straight win, and seventh in 10 games.
The game was delayed for nearly 20 minutes after home plate umpire Justin Klemm was hit in the head by a broken bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. Klemm stayed down for a few minutes before being helped to his feet by medical staff. He walked off the field under his own power as a pad was held to his head.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Klemm received three stitches for his cut but was otherwise OK.
Piazza went 1-for-4 with a single in his second game back from the disabled list. He homered and drove in five runs Wednesday night in the Mets’ win over San Francisco.
Veteran left-hander Al Leiter will try to keep the Mets’ streak going as he looks for his fourth win in five starts. Leiter gave up three earned runs and five hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss against Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, snapping his three-start winning streak.
He gave up just one run and 16 hits with 17 strikeouts in 20 innings during the win streak.
“I had an opportunity to capitalize pitching against a great pitcher, a Hall of Famer,” Leiter said. “We had a lead and I wasn’t able to hold it, so it was more disappointing than anything else.”
The Rockies, losers of five of six, hope Shawn Chacon can snap out of his nearly two-month funk. The right-hander was 11-3 with a 3.91 ERA on June 23, setting a club record for the most wins before the All-Star break.
However, he is 0-4 with a 4.72 ERA in six starts since. He also had a stint on the disabled list in early July due to inflammation in his right elbow.
Chacon will make his second start against the Mets this season. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in five innings on May 13, but did not get a decision as Colorado rallied for a 9-8 win over New York.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 14 GB, NL West. Mets - 5th place, 27 1/2 GB, NL East.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Chacon (11-7, 4.11 ERA). Chacon gave up three runs—two earned—and five hits in seven innings of a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three career starts against the Mets.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Leiter (11-6, 4.68 ERA). Leiter is 9-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 career starts against the Rockies.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .352 avg. and 108 runs; Preston Wilson, 30 HRs and 114 RBIs; Tony Womack, 11 SBs. Mets - Cliff Floyd, .278 avg., 18 HRs and 62 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 61 runs; Jose Reyes, 11 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Even, 2-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - C Bobby Estalella was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, retroactive to Monday, due to inflammation in his right elbow. The Rockies purchased C Mandy Romero’s contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Estalella. Romero hasn’t played in the majors since Sept. 27, 1998, when he was with Boston. … OF Wilson is hitting just .207 (6-for-29) career against LHP Leiter. … C Charles Johnson is hitting .175 with one homer and 19 RBIs in 65 career games against the Mets. Mets - LHP Glavine is the 43rd pitcher in big league history with 250 wins. … LF Floyd plans to play through Monday, then have season-ending surgery on his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon at the end of the month. He went 3-for-3 Friday, reaching base all four times. … SS Reyes (11 stolen bases) and 3B Wigginton (10 stolen bases) are the first pair of rookies in franchise history to have at least 10 steals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 20-44 on the road; Mets - 26-35 at home.
INJURIES: Rockies - INF Mark Bellhorn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Mets - 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL.