Rockies top Mets on walk-off walk

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado has won games with his big swing, so getting a walk-off victory with the bat sitting on his shoulder was a first.

Arenado walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Thursday.

It was the third time this season Arenado has given the Rockies a walk-off win, but it didn’t hold the same drama as his Father’s Day grand slam to complete a cycle and give the Rockies a win.

“I don’t walk, so it was a little different,” he said. “Guys were a little thrown off. What do we do here? Do we jump? But it was a great win.”

Charlie Blackmon and Mark Reynolds homered for the Rockies, who maintained a 5 1/2 game lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s second wild card slot.

Mets reliever Hansel Robles, who got through the eighth in order, said through an interpreter that he felt numbness in his pitching hand during the first at-bat of the ninth inning.

“I felt good at the beginning as the pitches started coming out,” he said. “Then later on as I kept throwing more, I didn’t feel one hundred percent any more, I felt that my hand wasn’t feeling quite right, I was feeling some pain.

“I feel like a little bit of numbness; I couldn’t really feel the ball.”

Robles said he didn’t consider asking out of the game.

“I was already there, so I just wanted to get out of the inning,” he said.

He began the inning by hitting Jonathan Lucroy. After a sacrifice by Pat Valaika, Blackmon was intentionally walked and DJ LeMahieu loaded the bases with another walk.

“After he drilled me he kind of lost it,” Lucroy said. “When you see a guy going like that you’ve got to be patient in the box and a lot of times they beat themselves, and that’s what he did.”

Robles (6-3) got Arenado down 0-2 but the All-Star third baseman worked the count full. Robles’ sent his last pitch to the wall behind home plate, bringing in Lucroy with the winning run.

“I’ve never seen that before,” Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “I’ve never seen a walk off like that. I didn’t even go after it because the game is over.”



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