Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/20/12

NEW YORK - Jonathan Herrera raced home on a passed ball in the eighth inning to break a tie as the Colorado Rockies edged the New York Mets 3-1 in front of a crowd of 23,833 Monday night at Citi Field.

The Rockies (47-73) won for the sixth time in their last eight games and improved to 27-8 in games in which they allow three runs or less. The Mets (57-65) dropped the opener of a series for the 25th time in 40 tries this year.

Herrera led off the eighth with an infield single and went to second when the scoop throw from losing pitcher Josh Edgin (1-1) sailed past first baseman Ike Davis. Herrera advanced to third on a sacrifice by Chris Nelson before scoring on the passed ball charged to Kelly Shoppach, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh.

Edgin has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings over his last four appearances.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against winning pitcher Rex Brothers (7-2) before Matt Belisle replaced Brothers. First baseman Tyler Colvin made a diving stop of pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin's grounder and flipped to Belisle, who beat a sliding Valdespin to the bag by a hair.

The Rockies added an insurance run in the ninth when Dexter Fowler drew a leadoff walk, went to third on Colvin's two-out single and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez.

Rafael Betancourt worked around a leadoff single by Andres Torres and a two-out walk to Ruben Tejada in the ninth to earn his 24th save. He retired the potential winning run, Mike Baxter, on a fly out to center to end the game.

Colvin was 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the fifth inning for the Rockies, while Fowler reached base three times in four plate appearances and had a stolen base.

Baxter had two hits for the Mets while Daniel Murphy had an RBI single in the first inning and reached base three times in four plate appearances.

The Rockies' duo of Alex White and Guillermo Moscoso matched Mets ace R.A. Dickey in an unlikely pitcher's duel. While Dickey entered Monday among the frontrunners for the NL Cy Young Award, White and Moscoso had combined for a 6.48 ERA in 101 1/3 innings.

But White and Moscoso, paired together as a starter and a piggyback, respectively, because of the four-man rotation employed by Rockies manager Jim Tracy, allowed just four hits in 6 1/3 innings and didn't allow a runner past first base after the Mets scored their lone run in the first inning.

Dickey, who is trying to become the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990, endured a hard-luck no-decision after allowing just one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven innings. Dickey (15-4) has at least seven starts left.

The Mets took an early 1-0 lead when David Wright doubled with two outs in the first and scored on Murphy's RBI single. The Mets entered Monday 26-3 when leading after one inning.

The Rockies tied it in the top of the fifth when Colvin launched a solo homer into the second deck. It was Colvin's eighth extra-base hit in 13 starts this month.

Dickey, who has thrown two one-hitters this season, set down the first eight batters he faced before White singled just over a leaping Murphy in the third.

White needed 52 pitches to get through the first two innings and was lifted after four frames and 83 pitches. The Rockies have been going with a four-man rotation and limiting their starters to around 75 pitches since June 19, though they will employ a five-man rotation this week with the return of Jhoulys Chacin, who has been out since May 1 with a strained right shoulder.

White failed to last at least five innings for the sixth time in his seven starts since the pitch count was put into place. Overall, Rockies starters have lasted less than five innings 32 times in 55 games since June 19.

NOTES: The Mets announced struggling left-handed pitcher Johan Santana would start Thursday's series finale against the Rockies but left open the possibility he would be shut down once rosters expand Sept. 1. "We think Johan is good for another start or two, minimum, and we'll take another look at the situation around the first of September," general manager Sandy Alderson said. Santana, who missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery, opened the year 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA in his first 11 starts, a stretch that ended with Santana throwing the first no-hitter in Mets history June 1. But Santana is 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA in 11 starts since the no-hitter and has allowed at least six runs in his last five starts, a Mets record. Mets manager Terry Collins said Santana will be limited to less than 100 pitches on Thursday. Santana spoke after his bullpen session Monday and said he feels fine physically. "This is the first time that I've struggled like this, but it's part of the game," Santana said. "I've been through a lot this year-a lot-but I'm still here. To me that means a lot and I'm going to continue until they want me to [stop]." ... Fifteen of the 18 questions Collins fielded during his pre-game press conference were about Santana. When someone prefaced a question with "Back to Johan for just a moment..." Collins grinned and said "Yeah. Why not?" ... The Mets signed 16-year-old Dominican shortstop German Rosario to a $1.75 million contract, the largest international bonus in team history. ... The Rockies had what amounted to a 23-player team Monday as Eric Young Jr. (strained rib) was out and Josh Rutledge (left quad) was available off the bench only in an emergency. Manager Jim Tracy said Young would likely be placed on the disabled list if he didn't show improvement by Tuesday. ... Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was placed on the bereavement list Saturday following the death of his grandfather in Venezuela, is expected to return Tuesday night but won't play until Wednesday.

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