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NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes is hitting his triples two at a time and putting himself in position to make a bundle on the free-agent market.
Reyes tripled twice for the third time this season and finished with four of New York's season-high 17 hits Sunday as the Mets enjoyed a rare offensive outburst in a 9-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
"Hopefully, they can continue to come in bunches," Reyes said with a smile. "Everything I hit right now is hard, so that's good."
Jonathon Niese did not allow an earned run against a makeshift Phillies lineup and a refreshed Josh Thole had three hits and three RBI. Daniel Murphy matched a career high with three hits, rebounding nicely from his rough finish Friday night.
The Mets, held to three runs or fewer in nine of their previous 11 games, tied their season high for runs and prevented a three-game sweep. The 27-year-old Reyes, in the final season of his contract, equaled a career high with his sixth straight multihit game - the longest active streak in the majors.
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"You kind of take it for granted. You come to expect it," teammate Jason Bay said. "He's been doing it all year. It's one of those things right now where everything he touches turns to gold. He's playing real well."
Reyes is the first player to have three games in a season with multiple triples since Carl Crawford had four in 2004. The speedy leadoff man leads the majors with eight three-baggers and ranks among the NL leaders in batting average (.335), runs, hits, doubles, steals and bases.
He said he's having more fun than he has since 2008 and it's been "easy" to keep his focus on the field despite all the speculation about his future.
"I know there's a lot of rumors out there that the team is going to trade me and stuff like that," Reyes said. "If I put that stuff in my mind, I'm not going to perform the way that I want to on the field. So that's why I put it on the side."
Just now entering his prime, the oft-injured Reyes also said he can get even better.
"It's good to play with no pain," he said.
New York tagged an ineffective Vance Worley (2-1) for 12 hits in three innings, sending the rookie to his first loss in four major league starts this season.
"I didn't really locate very well. I don't think I went to my off speed enough. I think they were sitting on fastballs the first couple of pitches," he said.
The 23-year-old right-hander threw six shutout innings of two-hit ball in an April 29 win against the Mets, who entered Sunday batting .087 (2 for 23) against him in two appearances.
"Now we know him," Reyes said.
Playing without injured sluggers David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets have gone a season-high eight games without a home run. But they improved to 3-6 this year against Philadelphia, which had won four straight and eight of 11 overall.
Raul Ibanez hit a leadoff homer in the eighth and the Phillies scored three times off reliever Taylor Buchholz to cut it to 9-4. With a runner on, Jimmy Rollins tried to stretch a single and was thrown out by right fielder Jason Pridie to end the inning.
"I was going to push it," Rollins said. "Keep the pressure on the pitcher. A hit, now we got two runs. But speedy got shot down."
Pedro Beato allowed a run in the ninth before finishing up.
Rollins made a first-inning error at shortstop that led to three unearned runs. By the third, every Mets starter besides Niese had a hit.
Handed an 8-0 lead after two, Niese (4-5) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and received a nice ovation when he was pulled in the seventh. He gave up five hits and four walks while throwing a career-high 122 pitches.
Thole, who hadn't started behind the plate since Thursday, matched his career high with three RBI. He began the day batting .182 (6 for 33) with runners in scoring position.
"It was certainly a bust-out game for us offensively that we needed desperately," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Today I just saw a more relaxed atmosphere."
|Mets speedster Jose Reyes hits an RBI triple off Phillies reliever Kyle Kendrick in the fifth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||2||0||1||0||1||.271|
|Wilson Valdez, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.246|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||0||2||.314|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||2||1||1||1||1||6||.245|
|Ben Francisco, RF||4||1||2||1||1||1||3||.229|
|John Mayberry Jr., 1B||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.226|
|Michael Martinez, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.184|
|Dane Sardinha, C||4||2||2||1||0||2||1||.280|
|Vance Worley, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.289|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Domonic Brown, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.320|
|Danys Baez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Kendrick in the 7th|
|b-singled for Romero in the 8th|
|2B - Ben Francisco (5, Beato), John Mayberry Jr. (4, Niese), Dane Sardinha (1, Buchholz)|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (7, Buchholz)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco (29), Raul Ibanez (27), Ben Francisco (25), Dane Sardinha (1), Domonic Brown (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ben Francisco (11), Dane Sardinha (1), Domonic Brown (1)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins 2 (12, 3rd base off Niese/Thole, 2nd base off Buchholz/Thole)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Ben Francisco 1|
|DP - Rollins-Valdez|
|PB - Dane Sardinha (2)|
|E - Jimmy Rollins (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Vance Worley (L,2-1)||3||12||8||5||0||1||0||3.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 71-44, Kyle Kendrick 33-21, J.C. Romero 7-5, Danys Baez 21-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 7-1, Kyle Kendrick 3-4, J.C. Romero 2-1, Danys Baez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Vance Worley 21, Kyle Kendrick 12, J.C. Romero 3, Danys Baez 5|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||4||1||0||0||0||.335|
|Justin Turner, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.330|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Jason Pridie, RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.239|
|Jason Bay, LF||5||2||2||0||0||1||3||.241|
|Daniel Murphy, 1B||5||2||3||1||0||0||3||.268|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||2||1||1||0||0||1||.185|
|Josh Thole, C||4||1||3||3||0||0||0||.230|
|Ruben Tejada, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.265|
|Jonathon Niese, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.095|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Beato, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (16, Worley), Daniel Murphy (10, Kendrick), Josh Thole (5, Worley)|
|3B - Jose Reyes 2 (8, Worley, Kendrick)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (17), Justin Turner (20), Daniel Murphy (16), Angel Pagan (7), Josh Thole 3 (15), Ruben Tejada (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (11), Daniel Murphy (9), Angel Pagan (2), Josh Thole 3 (5), Ruben Tejada (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Pridie 1|
|DP - Turner-Tejada-Murphy|
|E - Jose Reyes (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Jonathon Niese (W,4-5)||6.1||5||1||0||4||6||0||3.92|
|WP - Jonathon Niese (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 122-78, Taylor Buchholz 28-19, Pedro Beato 26-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 10-3, Taylor Buchholz 1-2, Pedro Beato 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 28, Taylor Buchholz 8, Pedro Beato 6|
|Attendance - 30791|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Scott Barry|