The New York Mets gave their manager Willie Randolph some breathing room by ending their five-game skid with a 9-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
New York general manager Omar Minaya made the holiday weekend trip to Colorado, leading to speculation that Randolph is under evaluation and his job could be in jeopardy. Minaya gave Randolph a vote of confidence Friday.
David Wright hit his ninth homer of the season. Carlos Beltran had a three-run double as part of a five-run first.
Nick Evans, making his major league debut, had three doubles and two RBIs and Claudio Vargas pitched seven solid innings for the win. Vargas, throwing on three days rest, is 1-and-2. The right-hander went seven innings, giving up two runs and scattering four hits.
Duaner Sanchez and Pedro Feliciano pitched the last two frames, allowing only a walk while striking out one each.
Rockies starter Jeff Francis fell to 1-and-5 with the loss. Matt Holliday went deep for a second straight game, helping him extend his hitting streak to 10.