Vernon Wells had an RBI single in the first for New York and Chris Stewart drove in another run on a sacrifice fly.
Like Sabathia, Francis was putting together a solid outing when the weather delay forced an early exit for him.
"It's hard to get frustrated with the weather. You just have no control over that. It's the same for both teams. Something happens and you try to make the best of it," Francis said.
Though it was cut short, Francis seemed generally satisfied with his performance.
"I executed some good pitches, but it's four innings," he said. "It's not really a long time to get a judgment. They did a good of manufacturing the run in the fourth off the leadoff double. A broken-bat single scores a run in the first. They're a good team, but we expected more out of ourselves in this series."
Troy Tulowitzki was back in the lineup after missing the previous two days with soreness in his legs. He wasn't in his customary cleanup spot but hit No. 3 in the order as Weiss elected to flip-flop the All-Star shortstop and Carlos Gonzalez against the left-handed Sabathia.
Tulowitzki was 1 for 3 with a walk, while Gonzalez wound up 0 for 3 and struck out twice. Gonzalez drove in the Rockies' lone run with a sacrifice fly in the first.
NOTES: The Rockies now embark on a six-game road swing, with RHP Jon Garland (2-2) pitching Friday in St. Louis. ... Weiss was asked if he thought Rivera's strike zone seemed to expand in the ninth on Wednesday. "I'm not allowed to comment on those things, am I?" Weiss said. "I'm a little green in this position, but I'm smart enough to know that one."