Another Rocky Mountain low

Mets Notes & Quotes for July 27: The Mets drop their second straight to Colorado... Steve Trachsel could pitch at Binghamton on Saturday... Miguel Pinango and four St. Lucie relievers combine to shut out Tampa...

The Mets needed a strong road trip to convince people, most notably general manager Omar Minaya, that they can be legitimate playoff contenders with Sunday's July 31 trading deadline approaching.

So far, you'd have to think, there hasn't been much to convince Minaya that the Mets – now five games behind division-leading Atlanta and just a half game out of last place in the NL East – should be buying rather than selling at the deadline.

The Mets lost their second straight contest to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, falling 4-3 at Coors Field in a game that was marred by one big error and missed opportunities.

More importantly, the Mets fell to 19-28 away from Shea Stadium, a stinging mark that is only tapered somewhat by the fact that no NL East club has broken .500 on the road to this point.

In the third inning, first baseman Chris Woodward couldn't scoop a low throw from shortstop Jose Reyes, allowing Eric Byrnes to reach base with two outs.

The misplay effectively cost the Mets the game, as Byrnes moved to second and scored on Ryan Shealy's run-scoring single. Dustan Mohr then followed with a two-run homer to left off Kazuhisa Ishii (3-9), staking Colorado to a 4-1 advantage.

That would be all the Rockies needed, as starter Jeff Francis allowed just one run the rest of the way, a solo home run by David Wright in the seventh inning. Francis (9-7) scattered seven hits and struck out five in a 6-2/3 inning, two-run effort.

Mets Notes

Slowly on Sori: Rumors continue to link Texas Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano and the Mets, although the two clubs appear to be far off in what they'd accept for a deal. The Mets are not thought to be inclined to trade Double-A CF Lastings Milledge.

Trachsel headed upstate?: RHP Steve Trachsel, making his way back from March surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back, could start for the Binghamton (AA) Mets on Saturday against the Akron Aeros, the New York Daily News reported. Trachsel made his second rehab start for St. Lucie (A) on Monday, throwing 44 pitches in four scoreless innings.

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: The Tides were canceled on Tuesday after the Toledo Mud Hens missed their connecting flight to Norfolk from Detroit. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 6:15 Wednesday.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Binghamton fell to 10 games under .500 at 44-54 with a 4-1 loss at Altoona Tuesday. Ken Chenard (7-8) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, including a first-inning home run to cleanup hitter Josh Bonifay. Lastings Milledge (2-for-5, .364) and Mike Jacobs (2-for-3, two doubles, .315) had multi-hit games for the B-Mets.

SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: Miguel Pinango and four relievers combined on a six-hit shutout Tuesday as St. Lucie edged Tampa, 1-0. Pinango allowed four hits and struck out two over five innings, but the win went to former Mets major leaguer Jerrod Riggan (1-0) with a scoreless sixth inning. St. Lucie scored their lone run in the sixth on a throwing error by shortstop Grant Plumley.

SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Delmarva's Jason Fransz homered for the third time in the game leading off the 11th inning Tuesday, leading his club past Hagerstown 8-7. Armand Gaerlan (3-for-6, .322), Carlos Gomez (2-for-6, .261) and Derran Watts (2-for-6, .282) had multi-hit games for Hagerstown.

SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Batavia's Andy MacFarlane ripped a two-run double off Joe D'Alessandro in the ninth inning Tuesday, leading the Muckdogs past Brooklyn, 4-3. The Cyclones got all three runs in the second inning on Joe Holden's two-run single and an error.

ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Sean Henry hit a three-run homer and three players – Jose Coronado (.354), Riky Oliveros (.281) and Joan Martinez (.277) – had three-hit games as Kingsport racked up 10 runs and 16 hits, defeating Bristol Tuesday 10-5. Jim Wladyka (2-2) was the winner with three shutout innings of relief.

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