NEW YORK— Daniel Murphy drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, and the New York allied for a 4-2 victory over Colorado on Monday night after top Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray was lifted after six innings.
The Mets wasted three-run leads in two straight losses to Tampa Bay last weekend, then went ahead against Colorado on Travis d’Arnaud’s first homer since June 20. It was the only hit for the NL East leaders off Gray, the hard-throwing right-hander making his second major league start.
But Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Jonathon Niese (7-9), reaching to the outside corner of home plate and sending a drive the opposite way to left-center with DJ LeMahieu. It was Gonzalez’s 13th long ball since the All-Star break.