Mets 13, Rockies 4
NEW YORK (AP)—Cliff Floyd is in a real groove at the plate—just in time for his season to end.
Floyd went 3-for-4 and has six hits in his last seven at-bats. He plans to play his last game of the year Monday, then have season-ending surgery on his aching Achilles’ tendon at the end of the month.
“Looked good? Did I? Come on,” he joked.
It will take Floyd four or five months to fully recover from the surgery, and he wants to be completely healthy for spring training next season. But he’s hitting so well right now that everybody wants to know why he has to stop playing.
“I don’t know,” Floyd said. “It’s messing with me like an annoying ex-girlfriend. I wish I could stay but it’s best for the team.”
Mets manager Art Howe also wishes the slugger could stay a bit longer.
“He’s gotten hot. He may not want to leave,” Howe said with a smile.
Jason Phillips finished with three RBIs, and fellow rookie Jose Reyes had three hits and three runs scored for the suddenly resurgent Mets. Behind a bevy of young players, last-place New York has won eight of 11 overall.
“He reminds me of Kelly Leak from ‘The Bad News Bears,”’ Phillips said of Reyes. “He just runs until someone throws him out.”
Jae Weong Seo (6-8) won for the first time in nearly two months, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings. He had been 0-6 in nine starts since beating Florida on June 17.
“It feels personally better to get a win,” Seo said.
“He did a good job,” Howe said of Seo. “Why wait until a tight game? The bullpen did a good job.”
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said Chacon felt some discomfort in his right elbow and a doctor will perform further tests when the team returns home next week.
Larry Walker homered for the Rockies, who fell to an NL-worst 20-45 away from home. Colorado is 2-8 in its last 10 road games and 5-14 on the road since the All-Star break.
Todd Helton hit an RBI double for his 100th RBI.
New York’s 13 runs tied a season high set against St. Louis on Aug. 3.
Chacon (11-8) lasted only 1 2-3 innings, allowing eight runs, five hits and five walks—one intentional. It matched the shortest outing of his career at Pittsburgh in May 2001.
The right-hander has not won in seven starts since beating San Diego on June 18.
Reyes’ RBI double in the second extended his hitting streak to 15 games. An intentional walk to Piazza set up Floyd’s two-run single. Phillips followed with an RBI single, and Perez’s two-run double chased Chacon.
The Rockies scored first on Preston Wilson’s RBI groundout in the first.
New York countered with two runs in the bottom half. Piazza’s infield single scored Cedeno, and Perez added a sacrifice fly.
Walker hit his 11th home run of the season in the fourth. Ronnie Belliardhit an RBI triple in the fifth, and Helton followed with his RBI double.
Perez’s four RBIs set a career high. … Franco made his 1,023rd appearance, moving him into fifth place on the career list. He pitched a hitless eighth. … Helton has five consecutive seasons with at least 100 RBIs. He fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning and was lifted for apinch-runner as a precaution after his double.
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