Starling Marte returns and lifts Mets to 5-1 win over Rockies

DENVER — Starling Marte returned from the bereavement list on Saturday and immediately reminded the Mets of his value to this lineup.

On the first pitch he saw in the first inning, Marte crushed a 94-mile fastball from German Marquez for a two-run homer, setting the Mets on a course they never deviated from.

In the first game of a split-doubleheader, the Mets defeated the Rockies 5-1 at Coors Field for their third straight win and fourth in five games.

Marte, who left the team earlier in the week to mourn the death of his grandmother, finished 5-2 as the Mets grabbed four runs in the first two innings, providing starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco with a nice cushion.

The right-hander bounced back from a rocky start against the Mariners last Sunday to post a deserved seven-hit run over 5 ¹/₃ innings. Carrasco allowed only one hit for extra bases and walked no batsman.

Starling Marte celebrates after his double homer.
Starling Marte celebrates after his double homer.
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Carlos Carrasco plays in the Mets' win over the Rockies on Saturday.
Carlos Carrasco plays in the Mets’ win over the Rockies on Saturday.
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The doubleheader was necessitated by Friday’s postponement due to wintry conditions, the second straight season that a Mets visit to Coors Field included a snowfall. When the Mets visited in 2013, two games were also missed.

The Mets are no strangers to doubleheaders, who should play their fifth of the season on Saturday and 19th since early 2021 (by far the most of any MLB team). They had earned at least one split in their previous 18 doubleheaders, a franchise record for sweep avoidance, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Marte’s explosion set the tone in Game 1. Brandon Nimmo took the lead from the game before Marte hit 444 feet to left center. The homer was Marte’s fourth of the season.

“It’s a difficult situation because I’ll be thinking about it for a long time,” Marte said of his grandmother’s death. “But being around the team is kind of a distraction in a way, but … things happen in life and we’re just going to try to go with it.”

Patrick Mazeika hit a two-run double in the second round that extended the Mets’ lead to 4-0. Dominic Smith capitalized on Jose Iglesias’ mistake in the opener and Luis Guillorme scored before Mazieka delivered.

Francisco Lindor tears down an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Francisco Lindor tears down an RBI single in the sixth inning.
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Francisco Lindor brought the Mets’ fifth heat with a two-out singles in the sixth. Guillorme’s third single from the game started the rally and Marte was also single.

Iglesias’ two-off infield single in the sixth round put the Rockies 5-1. CJ Cron doubled the inning against Carrasco and Brendan Rogers singled, prompting manager Buck Showalter to field Adam Ottavino.

Drew Smith fired off a perfect seventh inning for the Mets. Seth Lugo threw two scoreless innings to end it. The six-man appearance was Lugo’s longest of the season.

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