Mets 3, Rockies 2
NEW YORK (AP)—Willie Randolph will have a winning record in his first season as New York Mets manager. He wants an even better one next year.
“It’s nice to finish strong and end the season on a good note,” Randolph said after the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Friday night. “It’s nicer to be above .500 than below it. But .500 is mediocre. We want to be better than that.”
The Mets have put on a finishing kick to reach 82-78, winning 11 of their last 14 games. Kris Benson pitched in with his first victory in six weeks and Marlon Anderson and Mike Jacobs homered for the Mets, who had not finished with a winning record since 2001.
Benson (10-8) limited the Rockies to six hits, striking out two and walking one before leaving with one out in the eighth. He had been 0-4 in seven starts since beating Pittsburgh 6-2 on Aug. 16.
Aaron Heilman relieved Benson and earned his fifth save in six chances.
“It’s been a while since I had a win,” Benson said. “I’m glad to get one in the win column and get my 10th win. That was my main goal. Double digits is always a goal, especially after I missed the first month. Considering that, I feel good about the way the season ended up.”
Benson had a pectoral muscle strain coming out of spring training and did not win his first game until May 5. He was 9-4 after his last victory.
Randolph was pleased to have Benson finish on a positive note.
“He really needed that one,” the manager said. “He’s been up and down, sort of the tale of two seasons. This was a good win for him to finish up with.”
Cliff Floyd bounced to first, where Todd Helton stepped on the base for the putout and then tried to get Anderson in a rundown off third base. But Helton threw behind the runner to third and Anderson beat Garrett Atkins’ relay home, bowling over catcher Danny Ardoin.
Jacobs opened the second with his 10th home run of the season, his second in two nights and sixth in the last 12 games.
The Rockies tied it in the fourth when Helton walked with one out and Matt Holliday followed with his 19th home run.
“Our young players give us reason to be optimistic for the future,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “Holliday continues to improve and should become a good offensive player.”
Anderson put the Mets back in front in the bottom of the fifth when he led off with his seventh home run of the season, connecting on a 3-2 pitch.
Mike Piazza was 0-for-4. A free agent after the season, this is expected to be his final weekend with the Mets.
Jacobs’ home run traveled an estimated 365 feet. Holliday’s went 380 feet and Anderson’s went 455. … The Mets turned inning-ending double plays in the second, fourth and eighth innings. … CF Corey Sullivan robbed Floyd of an extra-base hit with a leaping catch at the wall in the fifth. … The loss was the 94th of the season for the Rockies, matching last year’s total.