New York (81-49) at Colorado (61-70)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 30, 2006
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MORTON GROVE, Ill. (AP)—The surging New York Mets have the best record in the National League, and Carlos Beltran’s name is being mentioned as a possible NL MVP.

Beltran looks to lead the Mets to their fifth straight win over the Colorado Rockies when their three-game series continues Wednesday.

Beltran set a career high with his 39th homer in the first inning of Tuesday’s 10-5 win, as New York (81-49) won for the 10th time in 11 games.

He’s batting .333 (14-for-42) with six home runs, 12 RBIs and 20 runs in that span, scoring at least once in all 11 games, matching Derek Bell’s team mark set in 2000.

“Every year you want to hit .300, maybe hit 25 or 30 home runs,” said Beltran, who hit 38 homers in 2004 playing for Kansas City and Houston. “You think about those, you try to get 100 RBIs, and score 100.

“I’m just really happy to be having the year that I’m having. I have stayed healthy for most of the season, and it’s been good to help out the team.”

The Mets center fielder added a run-scoring double in the sixth inning to push his season total to 110 RBIs, surpassing his old career high of 108 set in 1999 with the Royals.

Carlos Delgado had a double, a triple and two RBIs Tuesday. He’s batting .462 (18-for-39) with seven homers, 21 RBIs and 14 runs since Aug. 17.

New York has won all four meetings with the Rockies (61-70) this season, but has never won five straight games over them in a single season.

“I see there is distance to cover between our two teams” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve made up some ground, but still have a lot to cover.”

Dave Williams (3-3, 6.40 ERA) looks to build off of his last outing when he makes his third start for the Mets Wednesday. Williams, acquired from Cincinnati in May, is 1-0 with New York, allowing five runs and one walk in 12 innings.

The left-hander gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-2 win over St. Louis on Thursday

“He’s a little deceptive,” Mets manger Willie Randolph said. “He won’t knock your socks off, but he knows how to pitch.”

Williams is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in five career starts against Colorado, and is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts at Coors Field.

The Rockies have lost eight of their last 10 games

Third baseman Garrett Atkins had a career-high four hits with three RBIs on Tuesday, and is batting .480 (12-for-25) in his last six games.

Josh Fogg (9-8, 4.91) looks to rebound from a poor outing, and win his third straight home game for Colorado. He allowed eight runs and eight hits and hit two batters in 4 2-3 innings of a 12-6 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday.

“We need better performances than I gave,” he said.

Fogg tries to bounce back at Coors Field, where he has not lost at since Aug. 1. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 5.08 ERA in his last six home starts, as Colorado has won five of those games.

He is 0-2 with a 4.01 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, but has not faced them this year.

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D. Williams Was vs. J. Fogg Phi
5-4 Record 11-9
6.52 ERA 5.49
32 K 93
20 BB 60
1.64 WHIP 1.55


Wednesday, Aug 30