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Wednesday, April 17th (All times eastern)

New York Mets (7-6) at Colorado Rockies (10-4), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.00) Colorado - Jon Garland (1-0, 3.75)

(Sports Network) - Well-traveled right-hander Jon Garland can pitch the Colorado Rockies past the New York Mets on Wednesday night when they meet in the third of four games at Coors Field.

The scheduled Monday night opener between the teams was postponed to Tuesday, setting up a doubleheader sweep for Colorado.

Jordan Pacheco hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning of the second game to lift the Rockies to a 9-8 win.

With two outs and runners on second and third, Pacheco hit a blooper off Greg Burke (0-1) to shallow right and brought Carlos Gonzalez home to end the game.

Pacheco and Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs apiece, while Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Chris Nelson each had an RBI for the Rockies, who won the first game, 8-4.

Rockies starter Jeff Francis allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings. Rafael Betancourt (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning.

Marlon Byrd knocked in three runs while Ruben Tejada had two RBI for the Mets, who used eight pitchers in the game. Aaron Laffey got the start, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks in four innings.

Garland, a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1997, pitched with six teams through the close of 2011 - when he won once in nine starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He was out of the majors in 2012 before signing a free-agent deal with the Seattle Mariners in February. The Mariners released him in late March, and he was picked up the following day by the Rockies.

He's since made two starts for Colorado - both against the San Diego Padres - on April 6 and 12, emerging with a win and a no-decision while allowing 10 hits and five runs in 12 innings.

Garland is 1-1 in five career meetings with the Mets and is 2-1 in four career starts at Coors Field.

New York replies with second-year man Jeremy Hefner, who faces the Rockies for the first time in his 29th career appearance.

The Oklahoma native reached the big leagues with the Mets last season and made 13 starts across 26 outings while going 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA.

He's dropped both starts thus far in his second season, allowing a run and five hits in a 7-5 loss to Miami and five runs and six hits in a 7-3 defeat at Philadelphia.

Hefner is 2-4 in his career on the road, though his ERA of 4.65 is more than a run less than his home mark, 5.68.

The Rockies won five of seven games with the Mets in both 2011 and 2012. The Mets last won the series, 3-2, in 2010.

04/17 10:32:33 ET

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