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Reyes continues tear, helps lead Mets past Braves

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ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens couldn't slow Jose Reyes.

Neither could the muddy basepaths.

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Reyes had three hits, two steals, an RBI and scored two runs to lead the New York Mets to a 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

"I told him the other day, if I wasn't playing baseball I'd probably buy a ticket to come watch him play," said New York's Willie Harris, who followed Reyes in the batting order and had a hit, a steal and scored a run.

Reyes' 34th multihit game -- tops in the majors -- helped Jonathon Niese (6-5) win his third consecutive decision.

"When he gets on base, we're going to go as a team," Mets catcher Josh Thole said of Reyes. "We did that exactly tonight. He set the tone."

Reyes led off the game with an infield hit and then, slipping in the thick, wet dirt beside first base, barely made it back to the bag on two pickoff attempts from Jurrjens. First base umpire Bill Miller and crew chief Tom Hallion called for dry dirt to be added to the base path, too soggy from pregame watering.

Reyes then stole second and scored on Beltran's single to center.

Asked if he can remember a basepath being so wet, Reyes said: "No, not that I remember."

Reyes, who has 22 stolen bases, didn't know if he was the reason the dirt was muddy.

"It was a little wet," he said. "I don't know if they did that on purpose. ... I don't care if it's wet or not, I'm going to try to steal anyway."

Niese allowed two runs on five hits and no walks in 6 1/3 innings.

"Lately, I've been feeling a little more consistent, more confident with each pitch I throw," Niese said

Jurrjens (8-3), who began the night with the best ERA in the majors at 1.82, set season highs with five walks while allowing eight hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Dan Uggla's home run off Jason Isringhausen in the eighth cut the Mets' lead to 4-3. Chipper Jones followed with a long drive that a leaping Carlos Beltran caught in front of the right-field wall.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save as the Mets won for the eighth time in 12 games.

Reyes and Harris had singles in the third before advancing with a double-steal. Jurrjens' walk to Daniel Murphy loaded the bases. Angel Pagan's single to right drove in Reyes, and Harris scored on Lucas Duda's flyball to center for a 3-1 lead.

Reyes, hitting .346, added a run-scoring single off Jurrjens in the sixth. He has scored 21 runs in his past 17 games and leads the majors with 97 hits.

When asked how long he believes Reyes can remain hot, Mets manager Terry Collins said: "How many games have we got left? I hope it's that long."

Added Collins: "I don't think I've ever seen anybody sustain it the way he has for three-and-a-half, four weeks."

Joe Mather singled in David Ross in the second for Atlanta. Ross knocked Niese out of the game with a run-scoring double in the seventh.

Jurrjens has allowed more than two runs in only two of his 12 starts this season -- both against the Mets. The right-hander gave up four runs, three earned, in a 5-0 loss at New York on June 4.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth with two walks and a hit batter before striking out Ruben Tejada to end the inning.

First baseman Freddie Feeman was scratched from Atlanta's lineup with a mild right oblique strain he suffered in pregame batting practice, leaving the Braves without five regulars. Three starting outfielders -- Jason Heyward, Nate McLouth and Martin Prado -- are on the disabled list. Catcher Brian McCann didn't start, but remained in the game after striking out as a pinch hitter in the seventh.

Freeman is listed as day to day.

Notes

  • Mets 3B Justin Turner is expected to miss a couple of days with swelling in his right hand. Turner said he hurt his hand when he was jammed at the plate. Murphy started at third base.
  • Collins said he didn't start slumping OF Jason Bay because right-handed hitters struggle against Jurrjens. Collins didn't commit to Bay returning to the lineup Wednesday.
  • After striking out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, Diory Hernandez remained in the game to play first base for the first time in three seasons.
  • Heyward, with Triple-A Gwinnett on a rehab assignment, could return from his right shoulder injury as soon as Wednesday.
 
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After singling to lead off the game and stealing second, Jose Reyes dashes home to score on Carlos Beltran's single.  (AP)
After singling to lead off the game and stealing second, Jose Reyes dashes home to score on Carlos Beltran's single. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

D. Ross
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5231001 .346
Willie Harris, LF2110211 .229
    Jason Pridie, LF1000000 .238
Carlos Beltran, RF4021104 .286
Daniel Murphy, 3B4000116 .300
Angel Pagan, CF3011202 .245
Lucas Duda, 1B4001006 .152
Josh Thole, C4010004 .237
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Ruben Tejada, 2B4100114 .310
Jonathon Niese, P2010010 .100
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .255
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Ronny Paulino, C0000000 .324
Totals3449474  
a-popped out for Byrdak in the 8th
Batting
SF - Lucas Duda (2)
SH - Jonathon Niese (5)
RBI - Jose Reyes (27), Carlos Beltran (40), Angel Pagan (15), Lucas Duda (4)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (22, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Ross, 3rd base off Jurrjens/Ross), Willie Harris (2, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Ross), Carlos Beltran (2, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Ross)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
PB - Josh Thole (8)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathon Niese (W,6-5) 6.1522040 3.46
Pedro Beato0000100 4.10
Tim Byrdak (H,3) 0.2000020 4.41
Jason Isringhausen (H,14) 1111001 3.18
Francisco Rodriguez (S,19) 1000020 2.81
WP - Jonathon Niese (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 95-63, Pedro Beato 4-0, Tim Byrdak 9-6, Jason Isringhausen 13-9, Francisco Rodriguez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 11-4, Jason Isringhausen 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Pedro Beato 1, Tim Byrdak 2, Jason Isringhausen 4, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4000000 .222
Dan Uggla, 2B4111010 .181
Chipper Jones, 3B4000000 .261
Eric Hinske, 1B-LF4000010 .268
Alex Gonzalez, SS4110010 .264
David Ross, C3121000 .319
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000010 .184
Joe Mather, RF3011100 .232
Matt Young, LF2010011 .208
   b- Brian McCann, PH-C1000012 .301
Jair Jurrjens, P2000011 .115
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   c- Diory Hernandez, PH-1B1000012 .273
Totals3336318  
a-struck out for Kimbrel in the 9th
b-struck out for Young in the 7th
c-struck out for Sherrill in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Ross (2, Niese)
HR - Dan Uggla (9, Isringhausen)
RBI - Dan Uggla (19), David Ross (10), Joe Mather (9)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Mather (3)
Team LOB - 4
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (L,8-3) 5.1844530 2.13
George Sherrill 1.2100000 2.50
Scott Proctor 1000000 1.69
Craig Kimbrel 1000210 3.27
HBP - Thole (by Craig Kimbrel)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 104-63, George Sherrill 25-18, Scott Proctor 6-3, Craig Kimbrel 23-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 4-9, George Sherrill 2-3, Scott Proctor 1-2
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 29, George Sherrill 6, Scott Proctor 3, Craig Kimbrel 6
Game Information
Attendance - 32161
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tom Hallion