DENVER -- The weather might have been frigid, but the Colorado Rockies are downright hot in Denver.
The Rockies shook off the snow and cold to finish off a dominant series, beating the New York Mets 11-3 on Thursday. Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings, and Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler hit home runs for Colorado, which has won six straight and is off to an 11-4 start.
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.
"We said it in spring training, our focus is winning ballgames," Gonzalez said. "Especially when we play at home, we have to take advantage. Whoever comes in here, we have to win series. That's what we've been doing and what we have to continue to do. That's how we're going to get far."
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, played on April 12, 1997, against Montreal.
It was a disappointing finish for the Mets, who started the road trip with two wins in Minnesota but had two straight off days when rain postponed Sunday's game and winter returned to Colorado on Monday.
Now they limp home having lost three straight to the Rockies.
"This has been a tough trip. We're glad it's over and we know the weather's going to start changing soon -- start getting baseball weather," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We didn't swing the bats today, either. We didn't get a lot of opportunities. We've got to start taking BP like we normally do and get back on our schedule."
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 runs and nine hits while striking out three in six innings.
"Offense did a great job of giving me a lead and I go out there and give up a run. I've got to get better at that," he said. "When I got in trouble, I tried to limit the damage as best as I could and avoid the big innings. In a ballpark like this it's real easy to get caught up and let a team have a big inning."
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.
"There are certain situations that come up in the game, that's what guys are here for," Collins said of the bullpen. "There are certain roles they play that they've got to start getting people out. Ultimately, that's going to be concern."
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.
"The way these guys have been hitting the ball, you can go six, seven innings and just keep them in the game and you know you're in striking distance," Garland said. "That's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to get as many outs as possible as quick as I can and keep these guys at the plate especially on a cold day. It worked out."
Garland (2-0) retired 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.