"When I'm finished, I'll get the best seat to see him play," said Martinez, who earned his 12th win of the season. "I'll pay whatever price to see him play."
Reyes was worth the price of admission in Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Dodgers. He scored three runs, drove in two, stole two bases and was in the middle of just about every Mets rally.
"He was electrifying," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.
On a day when Martinez did not have his best stuff, Reyes rescued the Mets, zipping around the bases, disrupting the Dodgers at every turn. His seventh-inning triple tied the score at 5 and he trotted home when Carlos Beltran hit the next pitch for an RBI single. In the eighth, Reyes added another RBI hit.
"Today was a good day for me and for the team, to come from behind," he said. "I always try to have fun."
Nothing is more fun for Reyes than zipping around the bases the way he did in the seventh inning.
Marlon Anderson opened the inning batting for Martinez and drew a four-pitch walk from reliever Giovanni Carrara (6-4). Reyes showed bunt and then hit a pitch into the right-field corner and it was off to the races.
"The pitch was a little inside and down," he said. "I saw it good. I waited on it. When I see the ball go in the gap, I know I've got a real good chance at third base."
He also beat out a bunt and scored in the first inning after the Dodgers had jumped on Martinez for three first-inning runs, and he singled and scored in the third.
"Jose Reyes was extremely disruptive today," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. "He was involved in a lot of different things, did a lot of things to create not only runs but run-scoring opportunities."
Carrara took the blame for the seventh-inning meltdown.
"I let the team down," he said. "I take full responsibility."
Olmedo Saenz drove in three runs for the Dodgers with a double and a home run on a day when Martinez (12-3) never hit 90 mph on the radar gun.
Martinez gave up eight hits -- four for extra bases -- in seven innings. He struck out four, raising his National League-leading total to 147, and walked two.
"He's a guy who knows how to pitch," Randolph said of his ace. "He's not always going to be at his best, but he finds a way to get it done."
The Dodgers scored three runs in the first inning when the sun caused problems for Mets fielders.
Cesar Izturis singled with one out and Milton Bradley, reinstated from the disabled list, walked. Jeff Kent lofted a pop fly to short right field that second baseman Miguel Cairo was unable to handle. Cameron recovered to force Bradley at second base.
Ricky Ledee singled home Izturis, and Saenz followed with a fly to deep center that Beltran lost in the sun. The ball fell for a double, scoring two more runs.
The Mets came right back in the bottom of the first.
Reyes beat out a bunt leading off and stole second, his 33rd steal of the season. He advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Jason Phillips and scored on a single by Cameron. Two outs later, David Wright singled home Cameron.
Reyes added another stolen base in the eighth.
In the third, Reyes and Cameron opened with singles and moved up on a sacrifice by Beltran. Reyes scored on an infield out, tying the score at 3, but this time Wright struck out, leaving Cameron stranded at third.
Los Angeles regained the lead in the fourth when Jayson Werth's drive dropped in front of a diving Beltran for a double and Phillips followed with an RBI single.
Saenz opened the sixth with his eighth home run of the season, making it 5-3, but the Mets got that run right back when Wright doubled and came around on a sacrifice and an infield out.
That set the stage for New York's winning rally.
- Reyes has stolen at least one base in six straight games.
- Wright extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
- Saenz's home run was an estimated 410 feet.
- Martinez's seventh-inning strikeout of Oscar Robles was the 2,800th of his career.