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"I don't think he really wanted that particular hit to be the one played over and over again," pitcher Jeremy Hefner said, drawing laughs.
Wright set the franchise record for hits and Hefner bounced back from a horrendous start in a 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night that eliminated the Pirates from playoff contention.
Ruben Tejada tied a career high with four hits, including two RBI singles, and Scott Hairston doubled home a run as the Mets took advantage of some shoddy Pittsburgh defense to win for the fifth time in six games.
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"Obviously, it's humbling," Wright said. "A little more exciting - we won today."
Jeff Locke (0-3) was chased in the fourth inning and is still searching for his first major league win after nine starts. The loss left Pittsburgh 7½ games behind St. Louis, with seven to play, in the race for the second NL wild card.
Tied for the NL Central lead a week after the All-Star Game, the Pirates have faded quickly in the second half for the second consecutive year. They have dropped 19 of 25 and must go 5-2 the rest of the way to avoid a 20th straight losing season.
Earlier on Wednesday, club president Frank Coonelly said manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington will be back next season.
"Support's always good, absolutely," Hurdle said.
Wright reached on an infield single during a four-run third for his 1,419th hit, snapping a tie with Ed Kranepool atop the team's career list.
"I got a chance to show off my blazing speed," Wright said. "Ten years from now, when I'm telling my kids, it's going to be a line drive. It's going to be a little different. But I'll take it. A hit's a hit, and just really excited I could do it at home. The fans were great to me."
The slugger pulled into second base thanks to a throwing error on the play and his achievement was shown on the Citi Field scoreboard. The Mets played a few of Wright's highlights on the big video board, including his first major league hit. He received a warm ovation and quickly waved twice to the skimpy crowd of 22,890 before flashing a wide smile toward the New York dugout.
After the game, Wright's television interview on the field was played throughout the ballpark so the crowd could hear it.
"To be able to do it here at home was extra special," he said.
A six-time All-Star, Wright accomplished the feat in 1,256 games from 2004-12. Kranepool played in 1,853 games from 1962-79.
"It's remarkable," said Mets manager Terry Collins, who had Wright autograph a ball for him. "It's a testament to his work ethic."
Kranepool and Wright posed for pictures together during batting practice.
"Eddie came and saw me before the game, wished me luck and just kind of reiterated the fact he's happy for me and excited for me, and that meant a lot to me," Wright said.
Mets fans get another chance to possibly enjoy a nice moment when knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tries for his 20th win Thursday afternoon against Pittsburgh in New York's home finale.
Hefner (3-7) faced seven batters without recording an out in his previous start, a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia last Thursday. This time, he was on top of his game.
The rookie right-hander allowed only three harmless singles, two to former New York City prep star Pedro Alvarez, over seven outstanding innings. Hefner matched a career high with seven strikeouts and walked just one. He also dropped down two sacrifice bunts that led to runs.
"Everybody in this room was here for his last start, saw his emotions, and saw that he was upset. He had something to prove tonight - that he can pitch here," Collins said. "I believe he showed everybody he belongs here. I was very, very happy for him."
Jeurys Familia finished up with two hitless innings.
In addition to his record-breaking hit, Wright lined a clean single to center in the fourth. Daniel Murphy and Kelly Shoppach each had an RBI single. Andres Torres had three of New York's 14 hits and scored twice.
Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, chasing the NL batting title, went 0 for 4. But he was happy to hear that Hurdle and Huntington will be back next season.
"Yeah, I suppose that's nice," McCutchen said. "Glad they're coming back. Don't have to worry about anybody going anywhere. So, I guess that's always a plus."
|Third baseman David Wright salutes the fans after he breaks the Mets' career hits record of 1,419. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Starling Marte, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.255|
|Alex Presley, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.238|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.334|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.275|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Michael McKenry, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Josh Harrison, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Clint Barmes, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.225|
|Jeff Locke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.111|
|Chris Leroux, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Clement, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.150|
|Jeff Karstens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.107|
|Bryan Morris, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Travis Snider, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.245|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Leroux in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Morris in the 8th|
|CS - Starling Marte (5, 2nd base by Hefner/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Starling Marte 1|
|E - Pedro Alvarez (26, Throwing)|
|Jeff Locke (L,0-3)||3.2||9||5||5||1||5||0||6.35|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 70-47, Chris Leroux 5-4, Jeff Karstens 29-17, Bryan Morris 10-8, Chad Qualls 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 2-3, Jeff Karstens 1-3, Chad Qualls 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 20, Chris Leroux 2, Jeff Karstens 8, Bryan Morris 3, Chad Qualls 4|
|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||5||1||4||2||0||0||1||.296|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||2||2||.292|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.307|
|Scott Hairston, RF-LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.263|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.224|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.236|
|Jeurys Familia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Lucas Duda, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.240|
|Mike Baxter, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||2||3||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Jeremy Hefner, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.059|
|Mike Nickeas, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.178|
|2B - Scott Hairston (25, Locke), Andres Torres (17, Qualls)|
|SH - Jeremy Hefner 2 (6)|
|RBI - Ruben Tejada 2 (25), Daniel Murphy (64), Scott Hairston (53), Kelly Shoppach (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kelly Shoppach (20)|
|SB - Ruben Tejada (4, 2nd base off Locke/McKenry), Andres Torres (12, 3rd base off Locke/McKenry)|
|CS - Ruben Tejada (4, 2nd base by Locke/McKenry)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Murphy-Tejada-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Jeremy Hefner (W,3-7)||7||3||0||0||1||7||0||5.32|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hefner 103-65, Jeurys Familia 22-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hefner 2-11, Jeurys Familia 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Hefner 24, Jeurys Familia 6|
|Attendance - 22890|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Greg Gibson|