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Rockies 11, Mets 3

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DENVER -- Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings, Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler hit home runs and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 11-3 on a frigid Thursday afternoon.

Carlos Gonzalez and Eric Young Jr. had three hits each for the Rockies. Josh Rutledge also homered for Colorado, which has won six straight and is 6-0 at home.

David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Jordany Valdespin had two hits apiece for the Mets, who lost all three games in a series shortened by a game because of two snowstorms.

The first wiped out Monday's game and forced the teams to play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Another snowstorm came through Wednesday, postponing that game to June 27 at 6:10 ET.

The sun was out Thursday, but the cold lingered. The temperature at first pitch was 28 degrees, matching the coldest game in Rockies history, on April 12, 1997, against Montreal.

The Mets were trying to salvage something out of this trip before Colorado's offense came alive in the sixth. With the score tied 2-2, Tulowitzki singled off starter Jonathon Niese to score Gonzalez and give the Rockies the lead for good.

Niese (2-1) left after allowing three runsand nine hits while striking out three in six innings.

Colorado broke it open in the seventh when it sent 11 batters to the plate. Wilin Rosario hit a two-run single and Todd Helton followed with a two-run double. Chris Nelson and pinch-hitter Reid Brignac had run-scoring singles to make it 9-2.

All six runs were scored with two outs.

Ike Davis had an RBI single in the eighth for New York, and Fowler and Tulowitzki homered in the bottom of the inning. It was Fowler's team-leading seventh and Tulowitzki's fourth.

The cold temperatures impacted the first inning and led to a run for each team. Murphy had a one-out single, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on catcher Rosario's throwing error.

Murphy scored on Wright's single to center to make it 1-0.

The Rockies tied it in their half of the inning. Fowler reached on a fielder's choice, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Gonzalez's single to left.

Rutledge's two-out shot in the fourth made it 2-1.

Garland settled down after the rough start to be the first Rockies pitcher to work seven innings. He allowed two runs and six hits and struck out four.

Garland (2-0) retiring nine straight before Murphy's one-out double in the sixth. He scored when Wright singled off Garland's glove to tie it at 2.

NOTES: The Rockies outscored the Mets 28-15 in the three games. ... Helton's double was the 573rd of his career. He is 20th in major-league history. ... The Mets sent right-hander Matt Harvey back to New York a day early to prepare for his start against the Washington Nationals on Friday. ... Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud suffered a fractured bone in his left foot while playing for triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday. He took a foul tip while catching in the sixth inning of a game against Sacramento. He was scheduled to be evaluated on Thursday in New York.
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