Murphy homers, benches clear, Rockies top Mets 5-1
NEW YORK — Ian Desmond got plunked square in the back by a pitch from New York Mets rookie Drew Gagnon immediately after two colossal Colorado homers, leading to a bench-clearing scrum late in the Rockies’ 5-1 victory Friday night.
The bullpens emptied and players from both sides milled close together during two separate dustups, but there did not appear to be any serious pushing or shoving and no punches were thrown.
Antonio Senzatela (5-4) outpitched Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, and Colorado got homers from David Dahl and Daniel Murphy in a three-run eighth inning. That made it 5-1, and the Rockies went on to their 10th win in 12 games.
Desmond clearly took exception to getting hit by Gagnon’s 92 mph fastball three pitches after Murphy shuffled up the first base line with bat in hand while taking a long look at his solo shot into the second deck in right field against his former team.
Gagnon picked up the ball that hit Desmond and rolled it in his direction as Desmond jawed with him and then other Mets players. An angry Murphy was one of the first Rockies to bounce out of the dugout onto the field.
After the teams finally returned to their dugouts, plate umpire Chris Segal warned both benches and there was no further trouble.
Two batters before Murphy connected, Dahl hit a titanic two-run homer off Gagnon deep into the second deck in right to make it 4-1.
Michael Conforto homered for the Mets, and deGrom (3-6) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out 10.
Raimel Tapia hit an RBI double off deGrom in the third, and Desmond added a run-scoring single in the fourth.
Senzatela gave up one run and four hits in six innings without a strikeout. Rockies closer Wade Davis, just off the injured list, worked a scoreless ninth.AlertMe