- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Nolan Arenado extended the longest hitting streak in the majors. Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki combined for six hits, five RBIs and five runs.

The Colorado Rockies have battered New York Mets pitching, which came into Coors Field as the team’s strength.

Blackmon homered among his three hits, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively for six innings and the Rockies beat the Mets 10-3 Friday night for their sixth win in seven games.

Tulowitzki added three hits and three RBIs, and Arenado singled in the seventh to extend his career-best hitting streak to 22 games.

“It’s been awesome being part of this lineup,” Arenado said. “We’ve got guys that compete and come out swinging. Even guys coming off the bench come out swinging. It’s a good feeling to have, knowing our offense is always there. It’s a lot of fun being part of this.”

The Mets‘ pitching staff has borne the brunt of it, giving up 17 runs in dropping the first two games of a four-game set. New York dropped Thursday night’s opener 7-4 and has allowed seven or more runs in consecutive games for the first time this season.

Zack Wheeler (1-3) gave up seven runs in four innings. It was both the shortest start of his big league career and the most runs he’s allowed in an outing. That followed Thursday’s start by Bartolo Colon, who yielded seven runs in a season-low 4 2-3 innings.

“They are swinging the bats great. You have to find someone to stop them,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

While Wheeler said he had a tough time pitching in the Mile High City’s thin air, the Rockies had no problem swinging in it.

“I honestly did not have a clue of what movement the ball was going to take,” Wheeler said. “All my balls were running, my two-seamer was cutting. When they did hit it, they found holes. It was one of those days that I got my groundballs, but they found holes.”

The Mets didn’t have the same fortune, in part because of the flashy play at third base by Arenado, whose hitting streak is tied for the third-longest in team history.

He made an eye-catching stop of Chris Young’s sharply hit grounder down the line in the eighth, ranging to his right and then finishing the play with an off-balance throw across the diamond that was right on the money.

“This guy is making a highlight play it seems like every night,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “I’ve never seen anybody that accurate with the throw on the move when he’s ranging far right and far left.”

De La Rosa (3-3) allowed three runs and eight hits, including a two-run homer by Curtis Granderson in the sixth. The left-hander struck out four and walked three in winning his third straight since an 0-3 start.

“I think my command is better,” De La Rosa said. “I’m still walking people - walked three today. But I think when I needed to throw a quality pitch, I did and that’s the key.”

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