New York at Toronto

N.Y. Mets
W: R. Halladay (9-2) L: O. Hernandez (4-7)
S: B. Ryan (21)
HR: NYM - None   TOR - V. Wells (19), V. Wells (20)

Wells rings Mets' bell, ending New York's road win streak

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Vernon Wells' latest power surge has brought out the "MVP!" chants from Toronto Blue Jays fans.

Wells homered twice and the Blue Jays ended the New York Mets' franchise record nine-game road winning streak with a 7-4 victory Saturday.

Wells hit a three-run homer in the second off Orlando Hernandez (4-7) and a solo shot off Heath Bell in the seventh for his fifth multihomer game of the season.

Toronto's center fielder went 2-for-4, raising his average to .321. He has 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 71 games.

Fans chanted "MVP! MVP!" after his second homer, which gave Toronto a 7-3 lead.

"They are cool," Wells said of the chants. "I appreciate what the fans are saying, but let's worry about winning this division first."

Wells just tries to hit the ball in the air.

"I don't feel like I'm a home run hitter," said Wells, who has at least 20 in five consecutive seasons. "You are just thankful for everyone you get."

Staked to a 6-0 lead in the second, Toronto ace Roy Halladay (9-2) allowed four runs and 10 hits, while striking out four and walking none in 7 1/3 innings.

The 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner has won eight of his last nine decisions.

"Going out and scoring six runs early is huge," Halladay said.

The Mets loaded the bases in the eighth, but reliever Justin Speier got Jose Valentin to pop out and Xavier Nady to strike out swinging to end the threat. B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Jose Reyes tripled and went 4-for-5 for the Mets, who fell to 24-13 on the road. He has a 12-game hitting streak and is 28-for-52 (.538).

"I feel so good. I'm seeing the ball so good. Hopefully, I'm going to keep it that way," Reyes said.

Hernandez (4-7) was forced to leave his start early in the second inning after the Mets were charged with two trips to the mound.

Pitching coach Rick Peterson went out to the mound in the inning and manager Willie Randolph made a trip after Hernandez almost ignited a bench clearing brawl by throwing a pitch high and tight to Troy Glaus -- after Wells hit his three-run homer a pitch before.

Earlier in the inning, Hernandez plunked Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill.

Glaus took a step toward the mound and his teammates were on the top step of the dugout as Hernandez waved his finger as if to say he didn't do it on purpose.

Randolph went out to the mound to calm Hernandez. After the umpires huddled, Hernandez was forced to leave.

"I wanted to stay in the game really bad," Hernandez said.

Randolph said the umpires should have used discretion on the play.

"I was just trying to keep him from getting into a confrontation," Randolph said. "I know him real well. He's very volatile, very emotional and I was trying to get him away from the situation. He has a very hot temper. They all agreed with what I did but they stuck by the rule. What are you going to do. I was more concerned with making sure there wasn't a brawl."

Eric Hinske hit an RBI double, Frank Catalanotto hit an two-run single and Wells homered in the six-run inning.

Hernandez allowed six runs and four hits in just 1 2/3 innings.

After David Wright hit an RBI triple past a diving Wells in center field in the fourth, Valentin hit an RBI grounder.

Ramon Castro hit a run-scoring rounder in the fifth and Carlos Delgado added an RBI single off Scott Schoeneweis in the eighth to cut it to 7-4.


  • Mets setup man Duaner Sanchez has a pinched nerve in his neck and is day-to-day, the team announced Saturday. Sanchez, a key part of New York's stellar bullpen, left after throwing just two pitches in the eighth inning of Friday's 6-1 victory over Toronto. The right-hander returned to New York on Saturday so he could be evaluated by team doctors. An MRI on his right shoulder was negative. He's expected to return to Toronto on Sunday.
  • Mets C Paul Lo Duca left the game in the third because of a bruised left thumb. After Lo Duca grounded out to end the top of the third, Castro replaced him to start the bottom half. The injury has been nagging Lo Duca. He's listed as day-to-day.
  • After striking out in the eighth, Toronto's Alex Rios broke the bat over his leg.
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The game starts painfully for Aaron Hill, one of two Blue Jays plunked by El Duque in the second.  (AP)
The game starts painfully for Aaron Hill, one of two Blue Jays plunked by El Duque in the second. (AP)

Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5240000 .294
Paul Lo Duca, C2000002 .280
    Ramon Castro, C2001001 .244
Carlos Beltran, DH4010010 .286
Carlos Delgado, 1B4131000 .265
David Wright, 3B3111111 .337
Jose Valentin, 2B4001014 .291
Xavier Nady, RF4020013 .270
Endy Chavez, CF3000002 .278
   a- Chris Woodward, PH1000010 .250
Lastings Milledge, LF4000021 .260
a-struck out for Chavez in the 9th
2B - Carlos Delgado (13, Schoeneweis)
3B - Jose Reyes (10, Halladay), David Wright (3, Halladay)
RBI - Ramon Castro (8), Carlos Delgado (53), David Wright (64), Jose Valentin (24)
SB - Jose Reyes (33, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 6
E - Jose Reyes (7, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez (L,4-7) 1.2466121 5.82
Darren Oliver 4.1100100 2.41
Heath Bell 1211101 2.65
Billy Wagner 1100020 2.52
HBP - Overbay (by Orlando Hernandez), Hill (by Orlando Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 52-29, Darren Oliver 64-39, Heath Bell 19-11, Billy Wagner 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Darren Oliver 10-4, Heath Bell 3-0, Billy Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 12, Darren Oliver 16, Heath Bell 6, Billy Wagner 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF5010024 .325
Frank Catalanotto, LF3112001 .325
    Reed Johnson, LF2000011 .371
Vernon Wells, CF4224001 .321
Troy Glaus, 3B3000112 .249
Lyle Overbay, 1B2100101 .287
Gregg Zaun, C3110100 .331
Eric Hinske, DH4111002 .253
Aaron Hill, SS3120000 .280
Russ Adams, 2B3000004 .238
2B - Alex Rios (20, Hernandez), Eric Hinske (4, Hernandez)
HR - Vernon Wells 2 (20, Hernandez, Bell)
SH - Russ Adams (2)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (33), Vernon Wells 4 (62), Eric Hinske (10)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto 2 (7), Vernon Wells 3 (20)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Frank Catalanotto 1
DP - Glaus-Overbay-Hill, Catalanotto-R. Adams
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (W,9-2) 7.11044040 3.07
Scott Schoeneweis0100000 6.08
Justin Speier (H,15) 0.2000110 2.45
B.J. Ryan (S,21) 1000020 0.47
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 102-67, Scott Schoeneweis 2-2, Justin Speier 10-5, B.J. Ryan 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 10-6
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 30, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Justin Speier 3, B.J. Ryan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31327
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - John Hirschbeck