Apr 14, 2010 2:30 AM

Rockies explode for big win over Mets

DENVER (AP) - Greg Smith won for the first time in 19 months, riding a six-run third inning by the Colorado Rockies to an 11-3 rout of John Maine and the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

Smith (1-1) struck out eight over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He replaced fellow lefty Jeff Francis (strained left shoulder) in the Rockies' rotation at the end of spring training.

Smith also collected his first career RBIs when he stroked a run-scoring double into the left-field alley in the third and plated another run with a fielder's choice groundout in the seventh.

Maine (0-1) tied a career high by allowing eight runs in just three innings.

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