Young's speed wins game for Mets, 3-2 over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm •  Published: August 6, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Young Jr. never slowed down as he scored from second on Juan Lagares' infield single in the bottom of the eighth.

He went even faster.

The lightning-quick Mets left fielder 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.

"Felt good against those guys," Young said. "There's no hard feelings. I'm more appreciative that they made the move they did because I wouldn't be in this situation if they didn't. But it was good being able to showcase that."

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

LaTroy Hawkins gave up a pair of two-out singles in the ninth before Ike Davis made a diving catch on Yorvit Torrealba's sinking liner in foul territory 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 after Carlos Torres pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings in relief of Mets starter Jenrry Mejia.

"I thought he pitched well enough," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I think when the umpire got hurt, the sitting kind of got him off track a little bit. But our bullpen came in did a great job."

Plate ump Manny Gonzalez was injured when he appeared to be hit in the jaw after a pitch from Mejia bounced up and hit him under the mask. Gonzalez was escorted off under his own power, and second base umpire Larry Vanover had to go change into protective gear to assume duties behind the plate.

Collins said Gonzalez was feeling much better after the game.

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 Lagares' infield single, a slow chopper to second base that he just barely beat out. Young accelerated around third and beat the throw home.

"Pretty much I knew it was a slow roller so it was going to be all-out play for the second base to make at first and as long as I continued running the whole way, he had to make the perfect throw to first and the perfect throw to get me."

Lagares also hit a two-run triple in the first.

Mejia tied a season high with seven strikeouts, but left after 5 1-3 innings. He allowed a tying solo homer to pinch-hitter Chris Blackmon to lead off the sixth and nearly gave up the lead, too, after a long pause in the game when Gonzalez was injured.

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