After every employee helped shovel snow Tuesday — owner Dick Monfort included — the Rockies dug themselves out of an early hole and chilled the Mets 8-4 at frigid Coors Field.

In conditions more suited for Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Todd Helton delivered a two-RBI single in the fifth inning to win a game that looked like would never be played a few hours earlier.

The Rockies arrived this morning to find eight inches of snow on Coors Field. That exceeded the forecast, Monfort said, and the lower-than-expected temperatures turned the snow into icy-hard slush, preventing seamless snow removal by tractor. As a result, roughly 150 Rockies' workers shared 75 shovels, some loaned by the Broncos, to clear the field for seven hours. The snow was thrown over the center-field fence and into the Colorado bullpen. Fans at Tuesday's opener were given a voucher to attend the second game for free.

Paid attendance was announced at 21,510, with the actual number at less than 1,000.

"It was pretty cold out there. It's no joke. To be standing out there and to have ot make some sudden breaks, every inning you have to go in and keep active," Helton said. "Those are tough games to come back and win in those conditions."