Colorado at New York

N.Y. Mets
W: J. Seo (8-2) L: M. Esposito (0-2)
S: R. Hernandez (4)
HR: COL - None   NYM - D. Wright (27)

Mets 3, Rockies 1

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- In the 162-game baseball season, players sometimes hit a wall, exhausted physically and mentally. That seemed to be the case with third baseman David Wright of the New York Mets a couple of weeks ago.

So manager Willie Randolph sat Wright down to talk things over. The result was six home runs and 13 RBI over the last eight games, pushing Wright to 27 homers and 102 RBI for the season.

The latest was a two-run homer Saturday night that helped the Mets defeat the Colorado Rockies 3-1.

"You have to pace yourself," Randolph said he told Wright. "You have to adjust mentally. When you get tired, you're not selective enough. He's learned a little about making adjustments."

Wright said he wasn't tired and would welcome the opportunity to play a couple of more weeks.

"It would be nice to go to the postseason," he said. "It bodes well that we're playing this well this late in the season. We're playing right, doing the small things the right way."

The victory was the 12th in 15 games following a 2-13 stretch and 83rd of the season for the Mets, assuring the team of its best record since going 94-68 and reaching the World Series in 2000.

Randolph thought the bad stretch would serve the Mets well in the future.

"We learned a little," he said. "We learned to show more patience. When you go through that, you know how to deal with it the next time. We'll continue to grow in that vein and be even better."

It's a lesson Colorado manager Clint Hurdle hopes his young Rockies learn after three straight losses to the Mets.

"We've scored three runs in 27 innings," he said. "You can't expect more than you're getting. You're fooling yourself."

Wright broke a 1-all tie in the fourth with his two-run drive off Mike Esposito (0-2), who was making his third major league start after being called up on Sept. 21.

Jae Seo (8-2) allowed six hits in six innings for his first win since Sept. 4. Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his fourth save and 324th of his career.

The Rockies took the lead in the third inning. J.D. Closser opened with a double off the right-field wall, was sacrificed to third by Esposito and scored on Cory Sullivan's fly ball.

The Mets tied it in the bottom half when Anderson Hernandez walked with one out, moved up on a sacrifice by Seo and scored on a double by Jose Reyes.

In the fourth, Cliff Floyd singled with two outs and Wright followed with a towering shot into the television platform in left-center field on a 2-0 pitch.

Colorado threatened with two outs in the fifth when Esposito had his first major-league hit and Sullivan followed with a double. But Seo retired Clint Barmes on a popup to end the inning.

Both teams loaded the bases without scoring in the sixth.

Todd Helton and Matt Holliday opened for Colorado with singles. After Garrett Atkins struck out, Brad Hawpe walked. But Seo got Luis Gonzalez to fly out to short center and then struck out Closser, ending the inning.

Marlon Anderson singled in the bottom half before Floyd and Wright walked. Left-hander Randy Williams replaced Esposito and struck out pinch-hitter Mike Piazza before David Cortes struck out Ramon Castro.


Esposito's father, Joe, is a lounge singer in Las Vegas. ... Holliday stole his 13th base. ... Reyes stole his 60th base in the seventh and was thrown out for the 15th time in the third. ... Wright's homer went an estimated 425 feet. ... The New York premiere of ex-Met Todd Zeile's first film, "Dirty Deeds" is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4 and will serve as a fund raiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Floyd, Jason Giambi, Tom Glavine, Al Leiter, Piazza and Robin Ventura are partners in Zeile's Green Diamond production company.

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Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Matt Holliday, LF4010001 .307
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Brad Hawpe, RF3000123 .262
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2B - Cory Sullivan (15, Seo), Garrett Atkins (31, Seo), J.D. Closser (12, Seo)
SF - Cory Sullivan (5)
SH - Michael Esposito (1)
RBI - Cory Sullivan (29)
SB - Matt Holliday (13, 2nd base off Seo/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
E - J.D. Closser (8, Wild throw), Todd Helton (5, Missed catch)
Colorado Rockies
Michael Esposito (L,0-2) 5.1533341 6.75
Randall Williams 0.1000010 6.84
David Cortes 1.1000120 4.10
Mike DeJean 1100010 4.48
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Esposito 66-38, Randall Williams 4-4, David Cortes 29-18, Mike DeJean 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Esposito 6-5, David Cortes 2-1, Mike DeJean 2-0
Batters Faced - Michael Esposito 23, Randall Williams 1, David Cortes 6, Mike DeJean 4
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4011001 .273
Marlon Anderson, RF3010121 .264
    Gerald Williams, RF0000000 .241
Carlos Beltran, CF4000023 .266
Cliff Floyd, LF3110100 .273
David Wright, 3B3112110 .308
Mike Jacobs, 1B2000000 .292
   a- Mike Piazza, PH1000013 .253
    Juan Padilla, P0000000 .500
   b- Jose Offerman, PH1010000 .223
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Ramon Castro, C4000014 .244
Anderson Hernandez, 2B2100100 .000
Jae Seo, P1010000 .103
    Chris Woodward, 1B1000010 .285
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b-singled for Padilla in the 8th
2B - Jose Reyes (24, Esposito)
HR - David Wright (27, Esposito)
SH - Jae Seo (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (58), David Wright 2 (102)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (23), David Wright 2 (30)
SB - Jose Reyes (60, 3rd base off Cortes/Closser)
CS - Jose Reyes (15, 3rd base by Esposito/Closser)
Team LOB - 7
E - Jose Reyes (18, Wild throw)
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Jae Seo (W,8-2) 6611240 2.59
Juan Padilla (H,6) 2000020 1.49
Roberto Hernandez (S,4) 1100010 2.58
Pitches-Strikes - Jae Seo 106-71, Juan Padilla 28-20, Roberto Hernandez 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jae Seo 7-7, Juan Padilla 3-2, Roberto Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jae Seo 26, Juan Padilla 7, Roberto Hernandez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36385
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman