Rockies’ Nolan Arenado has blast in Big Apple

NEW YORK — Nolan Arenado took a bite out of the Big Apple Saturday night.

The all-star third baseman hit a solo home run in the first inning of the Rockies’ 2-0 victory over the Mets. His homer off left-hander Steven Matz rocketed over the center field wall and hit the mechanical Big Apple that rises up with the Mets hit a long ball. According to Statcast, the exit velocity was 106 mph and the ball traveled 430 feet.

“That was pretty cool,” Arenado said of his hit off the apple. “I didn’t think I had the power to do that. I hit it as good as I could … I think it helped that Matz throws the ball so hard.”

Five takeaways from Saturday’s game:

No. 1: Arenado has hit safely in eight consecutive games vs. the Mets, batting .382 (13-for-34) with three homers, three doubles, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored.

No. 2: After his scoreless, seven-inning, six-hit performance, starter Chad Bettis has a 1.35 road ERA, second-best in the National Leagueand fifth-best in the majors.

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