No matter the deficit, the Colorado Rockies and their major league-best offense never consider themselves too far behind to mount a comeback.
Colorado (19-13) fell behind by six runs early and was shut out through four innings Saturday, but an eight-run fifth - highlighted by Nolan Arenado's grand slam - helped set the stage for pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson's two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth for an 11-10 victory.
Troy Tulowitzki led off the final inning with a single and finished 3 for 4 with three runs. His seventh-inning single marked his 1,000th career hit, helping increase his average to a majors-best .400.
''I think the No. 1 thing on my 1,000th hit is I'll remember this game and how we won it,'' Tulowitzki said. ''That makes it that much more special.''
Arenado is hitting .355 during a 23-game hitting streak, which ties Dante Bichette for the second longest in franchise history. The Rockies have won six of seven and have scored 28 of their league-most 185 runs in the series. They also lead the majors with a .300 average.
Colorado has won six of the last seven home meetings with the Mets (15-14), who briefly regained the lead in the ninth when Juan Lagares' RBI single extended his hitting streak to 12. New York had won seven of nine entering this series.
"We just have to keep on battling," said reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who gave up the homer to Culberson. "Guys played well, and we came out on the wrong end of it.''
Three straight Mets starters have failed to pitch five full innings, but Gee (2-1, 2.88 ERA) will look to help slow the Rockies' offense after giving up three hits and striking out six through eight innings of a 4-0 win over Miami last Sunday.
Gee has a 0.86 ERA over his last three starts after posting a 5.03 mark over his first three.
''He's not going to impress you with the radar gun. He's not going to strike a lot of guys out,'' said third baseman David Wright, who is 5 for 9 over the last two games and is a .391 career hitter at Coors Field. ''What he's going to do is induce a lot of ground balls, pound the strike zone. And he's going to go out there and know how to pitch.''
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.19 ERA in three starts against the Rockies, but he gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings of a 2-1 home victory the last time he faced them Aug. 8.
Carlos Gonzalez is 3 for 4 with a homer and a triple against Gee, and he returned to the lineup Saturday after missing one contest with an injury to his left index finger.
With Tyler Chatwood heading back to the disabled list with a right elbow strain, manager Walt Weiss said Jhoulys Chacin will come off the DL to make his season debut in this contest.
Chacin went 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 10 2-3 innings during his rehab stint in Triple-A and appears ready to go. The right-hander, who went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 31 starts last season, is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts against the Mets.
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