Los Angeles (74-53) at New York (59-67)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri Aug 27, 2004
  • TV: KCOP, WPIX
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Adrian Beltre looks to continue his offensive tear as the Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series with the struggling New York Mets at Shea Stadium.

Beltre has been putting up MVP-type numbers for the NL West-leading Dodgers. The 25-year-old third baseman has hit safely in 12 straight games to lift his batting average to .338. He has 12 home runs and 21 RBIs in 24 games this month.

Beltre hit his major league-leading 41st homer as the Dodgers pounded the Montreal Expos 10-3 on Thursday.

Steve Finley had three hits and four RBIs for the Dodgers, who split the four-game series to start a season-high 13-game road trip.

“The last couple of weeks I’ve been swinging the bat good,” said Beltre, who homered three times in the series. “I want to be swinging the bat like that the whole year That’s what I’m supposed to do. This is the most consistent I’ve been my whole year this year’s been the most productive, the most key hits.

“Every ballplayer wants it to be like that.”

Beltre will try to add to his numbers against the hapless Mets, who have lost a season high-tying five straight.

New York never held a lead during its four-game sweep against the Padres. The Mets were outscored 26-8, with half their runs coming in the ninth inning. They managed just 22 hits in the four games.

Eric Valent and Mike Cameron hit ninth-inning home runs as New York lost 10-3 on Thursday.

“It’s the same old song, the same old story,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “We had three hits until the ninth. We never led and played from behind in all four games.”

Howe said he would change his lineup for the upcoming series against Los Angeles.

“Maybe somebody off the bench can give us a lift,” he said.

The Mets also lost five straight from June 8-12.

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