Former Rockie Eric Young helps Mets beat Colorado

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm •  Published: August 6, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The Colorado Rockies got a nice performance from a spot starter and a timely home run from a pinch hitter.

Thanks to a player they traded away earlier this season, it wasn't enough.

Eric Young Jr. made a diving catch to take a go-ahead hit away from Todd Helton in the sixth inning, then raced home with the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"He's got game-changing speed, and it got them a win tonight," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

The Rockies have lost 12 of 18 since the All-Star break and have scored five runs in their last three games.

Chad Bettis, who made the start while Tyler Chatwood got pushed back a few days to let his tweaked hamstring rest, allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. Bettis was making his second big league start. He said he felt calmer than he did in his debut, Aug. 1 against Atlanta.

"Definitely felt like it was back to normal," Bettis said. "I was able to see a lot more hitters' responses to certain pitches, stuff like that. So yeah, I think it's getting there."

Bettis gave up a two-out, two-run triple to Juan Lagares in the first inning, then retired 12 of his next 14 batters to make a case that he can compete for a spot in the Rockies rotation this season or next.

"There's always been a lot of talk about whether (I'm) a late-relief guy or a starter. Personally, I would like to start, but all in all it's what I can do to help this team win."

LaTroy Hawkins gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth before Ike Davis made a diving catch on pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba's sinking liner foul down the first base line. It was Hawkins' first save since May 6, 2012, for the Angels.

Scott Atchison (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Eric Young led off the eighth with a single against Wilton Lopez (1-4). He was able to take second on Marlon Byrd's deep fly, putting him in position to make it home on Juan Lagares' infield single, a slow chopper to second base, that he just barely beat out.

Young sped up as he rounded third and beat the throw home. Lagares also hit a two-run triple in the first inning.

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