DENVER -- After enduring a lengthy wait Tuesday while snow was removed from Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies had to survive an onslaught by David Wright of the New York Mets.
Wright hit his first two homers of the season and drove in three runs, but the Rockies beat the Mets 8-4 in the first game of a split doubleheader for their fourth straight victory. Colorado erupted for three runs in the fifth inning, a go-ahead rally highlighted by Todd Helton's two-run single and made possible by starting pitcher Dillon Gee's wildness.
The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 2 minutes as an all-hands-on-deck crew that included Rockies owner Dick Monfort and several members of the front office shoveled the remnants of Monday's eight-inch snowfall that had been plowed along the right-field line. It took seven hours for the snow, which caused Monday's game to be postponed, to be cleared from the field.
It was 39 degrees -- with 100 percent humidity -- at 3:12 p.m. MT when the game began, matching the 10th-coldest start for a Rockies home game. The coldest is 28 degrees.
The announced attendance was 21,510, representing tickets sold. But there were no more than a couple thousand people in the stands.
Both starters struggled with their control -- Juan Nicasio of the Rockies from the outset and Gee in a fateful fifth. Nicasio threw 97 pitches in five innings, including 35 in the first and just 19 strikes. He left after giving up six hits and four runs and the Rockies trailing 4-2.
The Rockies have gone 115 consecutive games dating from June 13 without having a starter throw 100 pitches.
Gee's control deserted him in the fifth, which he failed to finish while allowing three runs. Coming off a three-inning start, the shortest of his career on April 9, Gee forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Michael Cuddyer. It was his second walk of the inning and came after Gee hit Troy Tulowitzki on the left elbow with a pitch.
Helton followed by sharply grounding a two-run single up the middle, putting the Rockies ahead 5-4 and driving Gee from the game. Brandon Lyon replaced him and got the final out in the fifth but gave up a leadoff double to Chris Nelson in the sixth. Nelson moved to third on Edgmer Escalona's sacrifice and scored on Eric Young Jr.'s single.
Young also tripled home a run in the eighth, and Jonathan Herrera followed with a single.
Nicasio issued the first of his two walks to Daniel Murphy with one out in the first, and Wright followed by lining a home run into the Rockies bullpen in right-center field on a 2-and-1 fastball.
Wilin Rosario singled home a run with one out in the second, showing discipline on a 2-and-1 slider from Gee and poking the pitch to right field rather than trying to pull it.
Carlos Gonzalez, who tripled on his first at-bat, tied the score at 2 with a homer in the third, lining a 1-and-1 changeup into the second deck in right center. It was Gonzalez's fourth homer of the season.
Wright's second homer came with one out in the fifth when he lined a first-pitch fastball from Nicasio over the fence in straightaway center to put the Mets ahead 4-2. Wright had not hit a home run in his first 41 at-bats this season, a streak that stood a good chance of ending at Coors Field. Wright, who also singled in the eighth, has thrived there, hitting .398 (45 for 113) with 10 homers and 36 RBI.
Escalona pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Nicasio, lowering his ERA to 1.93 in five appearances. Wilton Lopez took over for Escalona and gave up two singles in the eighth. But he stranded runners at first and third by getting pinch-hitter Mike Baxter to fly to center.